Can You Identify These 15 Languages Just By Looking At Them?

By: J.P. Naomi
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The Ethnologue catalog of world languages currently lists 6,909 languages! Think you have what it takes to identify just 50 of them? Take this quiz now to put your skills to the test!

Spanish is the official language of 20 countries around the world. There are an estimated 470 million Spanish-speakers worldwide as of 2016.

Modern Standard Arabic is the official language of 28 states around the world. There are more than 300 million native speakers worldwide.

French is the official language of the following countries: Belgium, Benin, Burkina, Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central, African, Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte, d'Ivoire, Democratic, Republic, of, the, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial, Guinea, France, Guinea, Haiti, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Republic, of, the, Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu.

Russian is the official language of four countries. They include: Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Mandarin is the official language of China. It is also spoken in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Greek is the official language of Greece. It is also an official language of Cyprus, alongside Turkish.

Italian is the native language to the following countries: Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, Croatia, and Slovenia.

Thai is the official language of Thailand. Other native speakers live in Lanna, Isan, Southern Thai, Northern Khmer, and Lao.

The capital and largest city of South Korea is Seoul. Seoul is home to more than half of the country's total population!

Armenian is the official language of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh. It is part of the Indo-European language family.

Japanese is the official language of Japan. The word Japanese is "Nihongo" in Japanese.

Portuguese is spoken in the following countries: Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea,Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, São Tomé and Principe, and East Timor.

Turkish is the official language of Turkey. It is also spoken in the following countries: Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Northern Cyprus, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Syria, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

German is the official language of Germany, Austria, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland. It is also the official language of various municipalities and communes of Italy, Poland and Brazil.

Hebrew is the official language of the State of Israel. There are an estimated 9 million Hebrew speakers worldwide.

There are an estimated 150 million native French speakers throughout the world. Add in French-as-a-second-language speakers for a total of 274 million French speakers!

There are an estimated 960 million Mandarin native speakers across the world. There are up to 10 different dialects as well!

Spanish is the official language of Puerto Rico as well we the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

There are an estimated 85 million native Italian speakers throughout the world. Italian is considered a Romance language.

There are an estimated 77 million Korean native speakers in the world. Its standard forms are Munhwaŏ (North Korea) and Pyojuneo (South Korea).

The Japanese language is a member of the Japonic language family. Many debate over the notion that it is related to other language groups such as the Altaic, Ainu and Austroasiatic.

Turkish is an Altaic language. Therefore it is much different from Indo-European languages. It has similarities to Mongolian and Kazakh.

The Hebrew language is regulated by the Academy of Hebrew Language. The Academy of Hebrew Language was established by the Israeli government in 1953.

The Arabic language is defined as a Central Semitic language that first emerged in the Iron Age northwestern Arabia. It is now the most common language of the Arab world.

Russian is not only the official language of Russia, it is also the official language of more than 38 different territories around the world.

Greek is spoken by minorities in many countries across the world. These include: Macedonia, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Armenia, Romania, Hungary, Syria, the United States, and Australia.

There are an estimated 20 million native Thai speakers worldwide. There are about 44 million Thai-as-a-second-language speakers.

The Armenian language is written using the Armenian alphabet. It was introduced in 405 AD by Mesrop Mashtots.

There are an estimated 215 million native Portuguese speakers worldwide. A Portuguese-speaking person or nation may be referred to as "Lusophone" in English and Portuguese.

There are an estimated 90 million native-German speakers worldwide.

Premodern Hebrew is used for prayer or study in Jewish communities and universities around the world. Modern Hebrew is the more frequent spoken language.

Turkish is the 22nd-most-spoken language in the world. There are an estimated 63 million native Turkish speakers.

There are an estimated 125 million native Japanese speakers throughout the world. It is the ninth most spoken language in the world.

Korean is the native language of South Korea, North Korea and China. Korean is also spoken in the United States, Japan and Russia.

Italian, alongside Sardinian, is considered to be the closest to Latin of all of the Romance languages. Sardinian is the primary indigenous Romance language spoken on the Italian island of Sardinia.

There are an estimated 13 million Greek language speakers throughout the world. There is the ancient dialect and the modern dialect.

Russian is an East Slavic language. Written examples of the Old East Slavonic language have been found dating back to the 10th century and beyond!

The Arabic script was developed in 356 AD. It is written from right to left in a cursive style and includes 28 letters.

Spanish is considered the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese.

French is a Romance lanuage of the Indo-European family. Like all other Romance languages, it descended from the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire.

Languages that are most similar to German are the other members of the West Germanic language branch. These include Afrikaans, Dutch, English, the Frisian languages, Low German/Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, and Yiddish.

The Portuguese alphabet consists of consonants: r, s, x and z and the digraphs ch, lh, nh, and rr.

There are an estimated 12 million native Armenian speakers worldwide. It is an official minority language of Cyprus, Hungary, Iraq, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

The spoken Thai language is most close to Laotian. While the two languages are written with different scripts, they are linguistically similar.

The Greek language is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning 34 centuries of written records.

The Russian alphabet uses letters from the Cyrillic script. Today's language consists of 33 letters.

French is spoken in France as well as several overseas regions and territories. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.

Armenian, though not recognized as an official language, is spoken by large populations in Georgia, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran and the United States.

The Republic of Italy has an estimated population of 60 million people. It is the fourth most populous country in the European Union.

The Kingdom of Thailand was formerly known as Siam. It is the 50th-largest country in the world with more than 69 million residents.

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