Can You Guess What Language These Words or Phrases Are In?

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By: Becky

5 Min Quiz

Nein.

Let's start things off easy. "Nein" is German for "no."

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Je suis.

"Je suis" is French for "I am." "I am" is one of the shortest sentences in any language.

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¿Cómo se llama usted?

This phrase is Spanish. It means "What is your name?"

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Come stai?

This phrase is Italian. It means "How are you?"

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Vuole ripetere, per favore?

This phrase is Italian. It means "“Could you repeat that, please?”

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Bù hǎoyìsi, wǒ tīng bù dǒng.

This phrase is Mandarin Chinese. It means “Sorry, I don’t understand.”

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Où est (le/la)…

This phrase is French. It means “Where is the…?”

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Mucho gusto.

This phrase is Spanish. It means "Pleased to meet you."

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Konnichiwa.

This is Japanese. It means "hello."

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Je m'appelle...

This phrase is French. It means "My name is..."

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Wie geht es dir?

This phrase is German. It means "How are you?"

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Quid est nomen tibi?

This phrase is Latin. It means "What's your name?"

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Shusshin wa doko desuka?

This phrase is Japanese. It means "where are you from?"

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No comprendo.

This phrase is Spanish. It means "I don't understand."

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Bonne chance.

This phrase is French. It means "good luck."

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Guten Morgen.

This phrase is German. It means "Good morning."

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Hajimemashite.

This phrase is Japanese. It means "Pleased to meet you."

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Held og lykke.

This phrase is Danish. It means "Good luck."

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¿Habla usted español?

This phrase is Spanish. It means "Do you speak Spanish?"

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Je ne comprends pas.

This phrase is French. It means "I don't understand."

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Auf Wiedersehen.

This phrase is German. It means "goodbye."

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Muchas gracias.

This phrase is Spanish. It means "thank you very much."

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Boker tov.

This phrase is Hebrew. It means "Good morning."

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Ohayō gozaimasu

This phrase is Japanese. It means "Good morning ."

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Je ne sais pas.

This phrase is French. It means "I don't know."

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Te amo.

This phrase is Spanish. It means "I love you."

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Ich verstehe nicht.

This phrase is German. It means "I don't understand."

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Parlez vous anglais?

This phrase is French. It means "Do you speak English?"

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Bonne nuit.

This phrase is French. It means "Good night."

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Sprechen Sie Englisch?

This phrase is German. It means "Do you speak English?"

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Oíche mhaith.

This phrase is Gaelic. It means "Good night."

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Spasibo.

This is Russian. It means "Thank you."

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¡Feliz cumpleaños!

This phrase is Spanish. It means "happy birthday."

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S'il vous plaît.

This phrase is French for "please." Literally translated, it means "if you please."

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Ich liebe dich.

This phrase is German. It means "I love you."

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About This Quiz

Remember your high school Spanish? Prove it!

Are you monolingual, bilingual, trilingual or multilingual​? Or are you a true polyglot? Experts estimate that about 40% of the world's population is monolingual - they speak only one language. Interestingly, the percentage of folks who speak only one language is higher in Western nations than in other areas of the world. This is because there is less emphasis put on speaking multiple languages in countries such as the United States, Canada and the U.K. than in other countries. After all, everyone speaks English, right?

Well, if you are one who believes that there is value in speaking other languages, know this: roughly 43% of the world's population can speak two languages fluently, only 13% of the world's population can speak three languages fluently, and only 3% of the world's population can speak four languages fluently. Apart from those, a minuscule 1% of folks can speak five or more languages fluently - these people are called polyglots.

But, you don't have to be even bilingual to ace this quiz. We've all had some exposure to other languages, and we likely picked up a word or two here and there.

Ready to show off your linguistic skills? Let's get started!

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