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Has official status in
Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia,
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia
Ireland, Malta, United Kingdom
Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland
Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland
Austria, Hungary, Serbia
Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City
Has official status in
Moldova, Romania, Serbia
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia
Austria, Italy, Slovenia
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Nov 13th, 2009 at 17:44 GMT
Flemish? Great quiz ~ I totally forgot Latin, though. And Frisian, Sami, etc.
Nov 13th, 2009 at 18:03 GMT
Flemish is Dutch (there is a combined linguistic union governing them). Luxembourgish is missing however.
Nov 13th, 2009 at 18:09 GMT
Yeah, you missed Luxembourgish. Aww, such a lovely language. :-(
Nov 13th, 2009 at 20:28 GMT
Well, then, Flemish should also be accepted. Luxembourgish is also missing, and Bokmål and Nynorsk are not languages-just writing schemes, in a sense. The language is Norwegian, and only Norwegian.
Nov 13th, 2009 at 20:30 GMT
Otherwise, great quiz. Actually, I just looked it up-Flemish is not official in any country. Luxembourgish, however, has been official in Luxembourg since the '70s, and the official language of Norway is just Norwegian. Good quiz, though
Nov 13th, 2009 at 20:43 GMT
Very fun. When you're adding Luxembourgish, check the alphabetization of your answers - English and the one before it, the last two answers, the H- answer, and the P-R section are all out of order.
Nov 14th, 2009 at 06:54 GMT
Luxembourgish has been added (can't believe I forgot that). Flemish is just a variant of Dutch, if I'd include that, I'd have to include Austrian... @vixinu: cia.gov lists two different kinds of Norwegian. @Nafets: Thanks, for pointing that out, should've checked that before publishing.
Nov 14th, 2009 at 07:03 GMT
It looks like there are two ways to write Norwegian but only one way to speak it. :/ I guess I'll have to change it then.
Nov 14th, 2009 at 11:09 GMT
Great quiz. Combining a geographic and linguistic quiz was a great idea. Europe is a great starting point seeing as most visitors to this site come from one of the above. Can't wait for other continents (which will be much more of a challenge for me and other Sporclers).
Nov 14th, 2009 at 11:57 GMT
Erhm... No. http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/sporcle.com
Nov 14th, 2009 at 12:00 GMT
"Scottish" is a highly ambiguous term - it might mean Scottish English or the Scots language, a broad dialect of English. It would be better as "Gaelic", "Scots Gaelic" or "Scottish Gaelic".
Nov 14th, 2009 at 12:31 GMT
I'll change it to Scottish Gaelic. :)
Nov 14th, 2009 at 16:45 GMT
Ukrainian/Welsh is still out of alphabetical order. Also, you should accept West Frisian for Frisian, which is a better name from an international point of view. Unless you meant to put all the Frisian languages in one, in which case Germany should be mentioned next to the Netherlands.
Nov 14th, 2009 at 17:01 GMT
The official language for the Dutch province of Fryslân is called Frisian. That is it. There are kinds of the Frisian language that are spoken in Germany but it doesn't have an official status there.
Nov 15th, 2009 at 00:53 GMT
Forgive the following spellings but what about... Faroeese, Waloon, Breton, Cornish (bit of a stretch that one :) )
Nov 15th, 2009 at 04:27 GMT
Excellent quiz. I thought I'd whip up all the correct answers in half the needed time, but my dreams and reality had in this case nothing in common :)... so I missed Montenegrin because I couldn't spell it correctly and Mirandese coz I'd forgotten about its official status.
Nov 15th, 2009 at 10:06 GMT
There are two kinds of Norwegian, both written and spoken. They're called Bokmål and Nynorsk, both are official in Norway. They are mutually intelligible, but are widely considered to be separate languages. I'm Norwegian, so I know what I'm talking about. "Saami" and "Sapmi" should be acceptable for Sami as well. Otherwise great quiz.
Nov 15th, 2009 at 14:28 GMT
For Russian, you should write Belarus, Russia considering Russia is a part of Europe.
Nov 15th, 2009 at 15:03 GMT
@chasmmi: No official status @rom: I was pretty sure I added that. Hmm, guess I didn't saved it. Thanks for pointing out.
Nov 15th, 2009 at 18:51 GMT
Thanks, quiz, for leading me to discover that "Lappish" is apparently derogatory.
Nov 15th, 2009 at 19:41 GMT
I like this quiz. There's a typo in Lithuania.
Nov 15th, 2009 at 20:07 GMT
WOW I forgot icelandic. AND DANNISH!
Nov 15th, 2009 at 22:07 GMT
There are some languages with official status in various parts of European Russia as well, such as Kalmyk or Ossetic, with more depending on where the actual Europe-Asia line is drawn. If ones such as Basque or Catalan are counted, regional Russian languages with official status should as well.
Nov 15th, 2009 at 23:08 GMT
i guess faorese was a long shot
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Nov 16th, 2009 at 01:28 GMT
Latin for Vatican City? That's a hoot,they don't even say a Latin Mass anymore, we're supposed to believe they're having CONVERSATIONS in it?? Trust me, not unless the people at the cable company speak it. :) This was a fun quiz, though. Thanks.
Nov 16th, 2009 at 02:57 GMT
Nov 16th, 2009 at 08:49 GMT
Yes, Luxembourgish. And there's no cable company in the Vatican. :(
Nov 16th, 2009 at 12:20 GMT
Dat freet mech, dass Lëtzebuergesch elo och op der Lëscht ass. = Luxembourgish for "I am pleased that Luxembourgish is now on the list too." :-)
Nov 16th, 2009 at 19:27 GMT
What about Romanian??
Nov 16th, 2009 at 19:34 GMT
@Mr_Peru: It's listed next to Moldovan. I don't get the order either.... Once again, I -know- that CIA lists the language as Frisian, but you should -accept- West Frisian, because that's usually how it's called internationally.
Nov 16th, 2009 at 21:07 GMT
Lol amazing, I missed Spanish, but scored 40/46 still :p Good quiz. I think I saw more quizzes on this subject too, but this is by far the most complete and best one so far.
Nov 16th, 2009 at 22:56 GMT
I'm happy with 41 of 46, but I kept typing and re-typing "Montenegran" certain that (a) it is an official language and (b) it ends with "an". At least I wasn't crazy about (a), and now I'll *never* forget that it's spelled "Montenegrin". :-) Great quiz!
Nov 17th, 2009 at 01:22 GMT
How about Sicilian?
Nov 17th, 2009 at 02:24 GMT
Flemish is not Dutch and furthermore it is not listed as such on the Belgian government website. Still, good quiz.
Nov 17th, 2009 at 07:54 GMT
Moldovan and Romanian are essentially the same language. Moldovan is just another name for Romanian, used in another country. Flemish is just a variant of Dutch. And I’ll add West Frisian as alternate answer if that makes you happy. ☺
Nov 17th, 2009 at 10:13 GMT
English has official status in Iceland? How?
Nov 18th, 2009 at 14:09 GMT
i thought Gaelic was called Celtic. 1 less answer for moi.
Nov 18th, 2009 at 14:10 GMT
or Irish was called Celtic too. 2 less answers for me.
Nov 18th, 2009 at 17:46 GMT
There is no such thing as a Celtic language, sorry.
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Nov 18th, 2009 at 18:45 GMT
@AtoneMENT: Regardless of where you live, the language of the Vatican City is still Latin. During Vatican II, the tridentine mass was scrapped in favor of the vernacular, but the vernacular of the Vatican City is still Latin. Also, with a global community of the Church centered in the Vatican City, Latin would be one of the easiest languages that these individuals would be able to communicate. Bishops and priests from the U.S., Italy, Senegal, Samoa, and all other places would be effectively fluent in Latin.
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