Spot The Language 20

Ok gang, this is a new one. Here you just have to spot the language names as they are known by the speakers of the languages themselves. To give you a hint, #11 is known as Español to speakers, but as Spanish to us English language speakers and as some other name probably by speakers of other languages. This is the best way to refer to various languages – as they are known to the speakers.
To give you an example of why, #11 may have 50-100 or more different names depending on which language is talking about the concept called “Spanish language.” When we refer to it with one name across the board, the one they call themselves, we avoid this confusion and we also honor and respect their self-chosen name. Understand about which language term is used in the list?
Someone told me that some of my readers are slightly slow, so I decided to give you some extra hints. But the only extra hint in this case is that all of the languages below are listed in alphabetical order. Keep in mind that the alphabetical order is as the language is known by speakers, not how we English speakers refer to it. So for #27, the speakers themselves refer to this language by a name beginning with “n”, while we Americans refer to it with a well-known name beginning with another letter. Follow?
In some cases, the language name is written in the indigenous script of the speakers, not in the Roman script that we English speakers use. But I heard a few of my readers are smart, so that shouldn’t be any problem, right folks?
Rewards? Fame and fortune in the comments section!
You might want to get out a paper and writing instrument to make the list as you work it out.
1. العربية
2. Български
3. Català
4. Česky
5. Cymraeg
6. Dansk
7. Deutsch
8. Eesti
9. Ελληνικά
10. English
11. Español
12. فارسی
13. Français
14. Galego
15. हिन्दी
16. Hrvatski
17. Bahasa Indonesia
18. Íslenska
19. Italiano
20. עברית
21. Latviešu
22. Lietuvių
23. 한국어
24. Magyar
25. Malti
26. Nederlands
27. 日本語
28. Norsk (Bokmål)
29. Polski
30. Português
31. Română
32. Русский
33. Slovenčina
34. Slovenščina
35. Shqip
36. Srpski
37. Suomi
38. Svenska
39. ไทย
40. Tagalog
41. Türkçe
42. Українська
43. Tiếng Việt
44. 中文 / 漢語
Now, for extra credit, tell us how the speakers of 1, 2, 9, 20, 23, 27, 32, 42 and 44 would spell their names for their languages when they write them in English. Let me give you an example. नेपाल भाषा means Nepalese, but the Nepalese do not call their language Nepalese. They call it Nepal Bhasa. So, the English words that were given for the languages 1, 2, 9, 20, 23, 27, 32, 42 and 44 are not the words that those people use to refer to their languages. Follow?

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11 thoughts on “Spot The Language 20”

  1. Dear Robert
    1 – Arabic
    2 – Bulgarian
    3 – Catalan
    4 – Chech
    5 – Welsh
    6 – Danish
    7 – German
    8 – Estonian
    9 – Greek
    10 – too difficult
    11 – Spanish
    12 – Farsi
    13 – French
    14 – Galician
    15 – didn’t come on
    16 – Croatian
    17 – Indonesian
    18 – Islandic
    19 – Italian
    20 – Hebrew
    21 – Latvian
    22 – Lithuanian
    23 – didn’t come on, must be Korean
    24 – Hungarian
    25 – Maltese
    26 – Dutch
    27 – didn’t come on, must be Japanese
    28 – Norwegian
    29 – Polish
    30 – Portuguese
    31 – Romanian
    32 – Russian
    33 – Slovenian
    34 – Slovak
    35 – Albanian
    36 – Serbian
    37 – Finnish
    38 – Swedish
    39 – Hindi
    40 – Philippino
    41 – Turkish
    42 – Ukranian
    43 – Vietnamese
    44 – didnt come on
    Have a good day. James

  2. 1) Arabic
    2) Bulgarian
    3) Catalan
    4) Czech
    5) Welsh
    6) Danish
    7) German
    8) Estonian
    9) Greek
    10) English
    11) Spanish
    12) Farsi
    13) French
    14) Gaelic
    15) Hindi
    16) Croatian
    17) Bahasa Indonesia
    18) Icelandic
    19) Italian
    20) Hebrew
    21) Latvian
    22) Lithuanian
    23) Korean
    24) Hungarian
    25) Maltese
    26) Dutch
    27) Japanese
    28) Norwegian
    29) Polish
    30) Portuguese
    31) Romanian
    32) Russian
    33) Slovenian
    34) Slovakian
    35) Albanian
    36) Srpski
    37) Finnish
    38) Swedish
    39) Thai
    40) Tagalog
    41) Turkish
    42) Ukrainian
    43) Vietnamese
    44) Chinese
    I had to look up two of these.

  3. Dude, you didnt even de-alphabetize them. This was easy like first grade arithmetic. I would have gotten them if others hadnt gotten here before me. Harder questions please!

  4. OK, you’ve got me there, because I can’t actually read those languages, I can just manage to tell them apart (and I got Arabic/Farsi only because of the alphabetical order). Nevertheless, the ones that are in alphabets are fairly easy to decode:
    1
    2
    9 Ellinika
    20 Ivrit
    23
    27
    32 Russkiy
    42 Ukrainska
    44 Zhong-something

    1. Sorry to nitpick but I’m pretty sure eta is usually transliterated as i. My own surname has an eta in it and it is always spelled with i in English. It’s true that it used to be an /e/ sound, but that was in ancient Greek; it had changed to /i/ already by the time of the Koine.

  5. 1. العربية Arabic
    2. Български Bulgarian
    3. Català Catalan
    4. Česky Czech
    5. Cymraeg Welsh
    6. Dansk Danish
    7. Deutsch German
    8. Eesti Estonian?
    9. Ελληνικά Greek
    10. English hmmm
    11. Español Spanish
    12. فارسی Farsi
    13. Français French
    14. Galego Gallician
    15. हिन्दी Hindi? Something Indian, anyway
    16. Hrvatski Croat
    17. Bahasa Indonesia Indonesian
    18. Íslenska Icelandic
    19. Italiano Italian
    20. עברית Hebrew
    21. Latviešu Latvian?
    22. Lietuvių Or is this one Latvian?
    23. 한국어 Korean
    24. Magyar Hungarian
    25. Malti Maltese
    26. Nederlands Dutch
    27. 日本語 Japanese
    28. Norsk (Bokmål) Norwegian
    29. Polski Polish
    30. Português Portuguese
    31. Română Romanian
    32. Русский Russian
    33. Slovenčina Slovene?
    34. Slovenščina Unless this is Slovene…
    35. Shqip Albanian
    36. Srpski Serbian
    37. Suomi Finnish
    38. Svenska Swedish
    39. ไทย Thai
    40. Tagalog Tagalog – one of the languages of the Philippines
    41. Türkçe Turkish
    42. Українська Ukrainian
    43. Tiếng Việt Vietnamese
    44. 中文 / 漢語 Chinese

  6. العربية
    Български
    Català – Catalan
    Česky – Chech
    Cymraeg
    Dansk – Danish
    Deutsch – German
    Eesti – Estonian
    Ελληνικά
    English – English
    Español – Spannish
    فارسی
    Français – French
    Galego
    हिन्दी
    Hrvatski – Croatian
    Bahasa Indonesia
    Íslenska – Icelandic
    Italiano – Italian
    עברית
    Latviešu – Latvian
    Lietuvių – Lithuanian
    한국어
    Magyar – Hungarian
    Malti – Maltese
    Nederlands – Dutch
    日本語
    Norsk (Bokmål) – Norwegian Bokmål
    Polski – Polish
    Português – Portuguese
    Română – Romanian
    Русский – Russian
    Slovenčina – Slovenian?
    Slovenščina – Slovakian?
    Shqip
    Srpski
    Suomi – Finnish
    Svenska – Swedish
    ไทย
    Tagalog
    Türkçe – Turkish
    Українська – Ukrainian
    Tiếng Việt – Vietnamese?
    中文 / 漢語

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