Language is the foundation for culture, history and communication in general. Europe is home to some of the most beautiful and fascinating languages in human history, and in this quiz we're going to explore them!
Most European languages belong to these three broad groups. English is mostly Germanic.
These are all examples of Germanic languages. Others include Icelandic, German, Dutch, English and Yiddish.
It's true that most European languages are related to each other in some way. They are part of a large Indo-European family.
Russian is not a Romance language. That being said, Portuguese, Italian and Romanian are.
Russian is a Slavic language. Others include Ukrainian, Belarusian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian and Bulgarian.
Most European languages use the Latin alphabet, but some use the Cyrillic. This includes the Slavic languages.
All of these languages have their very own alphabets. The list also includes Georgian.
There are roughly 100 languages spoken in Russia. That makes sense, because about 144 million people live there and the country spans two continents.
It is true that in Albania, shaking your head means "yes" which nodding your head means "no." That can be confusing.
In Bulgarian, there's a whole separate grammar tense when telling a story. Those Bulgarians love their stories!
The Czech language has many words that are made entirely of consonants. These include krk (neck); prst (finger); smrk (pine tree); smrt (death).
Danish was the official language of Norway until 1830. Today, Norwegian is the official language.
"Epaejaerjestelmaellistyttaemaettoemyydellaensaekaeaen" is a Finnish word. It means "even with their lack of ability to disorganize."
There are about 100 languages and dialects currently spoken in Europe. Only 24 of those are disignated as official languages by the European Union.
French and English are taught in every country in the world. That makes for 100 million students around the world.
This is hilarious and true. In Georgian, "shemomedjamo" means "I accidentally ate the whole thing."
The Continental Congress almost changed the official language of the U.S. to cut ties with England. German was on top of that list.
In Irish, there's actually no word for yes or no. They are able to communicate this through verb form.
Latvian and Lithuanian are the only two remaining languages from the Baltic family of languages. They have a lot of beautiful words for elements of nature.
Luxembourg is a trilingual society. They speak Letzeburgesch, French and German.
All of these words come to us from Portugal. It was during the time of the Portuguese exploration that they entered the English language.
Over a quarter of the world's scientific literature is published in Russian. In fact, 60–70% of all world information is published in the English and Russian languages.
Silbo Gomero is a whistling language. It's spoken by the inhabitants of La Gomera in the Canary Islands.
Bless the Swedes. They have a word that means "not too much, and not too little." It's "lagom."
Esperanto is actually an artificial language. That being said, it's spoken by about 500,000 to 2 million people.
Basque is spoken in the Pyrenees in France and Spain. It's the only language in Europe not related to any other known language.
Funny enough, Welsh is spoken in both Wales and Argentina. Welsh immigrants settled in Patagonia in 1865.
A new English word is created every 98 minutes. Higglebopper: We just created one.
Many people use the same few hundred words to communicate each day. That being said, many languages have 50,000 words or more.
All European languages affect one another. The English language is constantly being influenced by other European languages and other languages around the world.
Most babies speak their first understandable word at the age of one. By two they form sentences, and by three, they know thousands of words.
It's true that some people can speak two languages perfectly. That means that each language sounds like their mother tongue.
The majority of the world's languages are spoken in Asian and Africa. How did English become so popular? There's a history lesson there.
There are actually more than 6,000 living languages in the world. These languages are spoken by 7 billion people.
The more languages we know, the more the world is our oyster in terms of communication, experiences and employment. Keep learning!