Free Quiz Questions on Languages. Topics include our own mother tongue, plus foreign words and English words that come from foreign lands.

  1. What are the two most commonly used words in English?

    The, of

  2. George Campbell a guy who has just died held the world record for number of languages spoken. How many languages did he know?

    44 (guy had a stutter as well!)

  3. What do Americans call a coffin?

    A casket

  4. What language does the word ZERO originally come from: Dutch, Arabic or Chinese?

    Arabic

  5. What is officially the hardest language to learn in the world: Japanese, Gaelic or Basque?

    Basque

  6. Which of these Swedish words means to take a sauna: Basta, Fukka or Kunto?

    Basta

  7. Which language does the English word “Booze” come from: Welsh, Dutch or Latin?

    Dutch

  8. In the English language, both spoken and written, what is the most commonly used letter of the alphabet?

    E

  9. Which latin word means "therefore" or "hence"?

    Ergo

  10. From which language does the word anorak come?

    Eskimo

  11. Which language has more speakers: Scots Gaelic or Esperanto?

    Esperanto

  12. In the French language – all objects are either masculine or feminine, so what is the gender of a car?

    Feminine

  13. What is the Italian word for cheese?

    Formaggio

  14. What is the French word for cheese?

    Fromage

  15. From which language does the word 'cherub' come?

    Hebrew

  16. Does the writing in a Chinese newspaper go horizontally or vertically?

    Horizontally

  17. What is the NATO phonetic code name for letter h? (NATO Phonetic Code = Alpha, Bravo, Charlie...etc.)

    Hotel

  18. The NATO Phonetic Alphabet starts with Alpha, Bravo, Charlie – but what is the word for the letter I?

    India

  19. What is the French word for fish?

    Poisson

  20. What is the least used letter of the alphabet in the English language [both written and spoken]?

    Q

  21. The NATO Phonetic Alphabet starts with Alpha, Bravo, Charlie – but what is the word for the letter Q?

    Quebec

  22. What is the Spanish word for cheese?

    Queso

  23. The NATO Phonetic Alphabet starts with Alpha, Bravo, Charlie – but what is the word for the letter R?

    Romeo

  24. Are there more letters in the Greek alphabet, The Russian alphabet or our very own 26-letter alphabet?

    Russian (33)

  25. Which letter of the alphabet is used more frequently in the English language than the others: r, s or t?

    T

  26. What is the most commonly used word in the English language (written and spoken)?

    The

  27. What language does the word “coffee” come from: Turkish, Dutch or Hindi?

    Turkish

  28. The NATO Phonetic Alphabet starts with Alpha, Bravo, Charlie – but what is the word for the letter U?

    Uniform

  29. Which drink is sometimes referred to as Adam's ale?

    Water

  30. What language does the English word penguin come from: Icelandic or Welsh?

    Welsh

  31. In the phonetic alphabet, what word represents the letter `W`?

    Whiskey

  32. If you had gynophobia, would you be afraid of men, women or children?

    Women

  33. The NATO Phonetic Alphabet starts with Alpha, Bravo, Charlie – but what is the word for the letter Y?

    Yankee

  34. The NATO Phonetic Alphabet starts with Alpha, Bravo, Charlie – but what is the word for the letter Z?

    Zulu

  35. What is the Scottish word for New Year’s Eve?

    Hogmanay

  36. What does the Jewish word "schmuck" mean in English? Does it mean cabbage, monkey or penis?

    Penis

  37. What do Americans call a 'Pavement'?

    Sidewalk


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