Translation Quiz! Test Your Language Knowledge

Translation Quiz! Test Your Language Knowledge

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How good is your translation and language knowledge? Do you know how many languages are spoken in the world? Or which one does not have any alphabet? – Find out by completing our quiz! Today’s blog is a chance to test your knowledge of different facts you might not be aware of.

What is language?

As defined by Britannica, language is “a system of conventional spoken, manual (signed), or written symbols by means of which human beings, as members of a social group and participants in its culture, express themselves”. This just makes translation all the more interesting!

There are different types of language varieties, the following are some examples of those:

  • Standard / Polite / Formal – the language that follows the rules and is referred to as the ‘proper’ form of English.
  • Colloquial / Informal – anything that is not formal, often referred to as ‘spoken’ language. 
  • Regional Dialect – These exist based on regionally specific use. For instance, in the UK there is a clear distinction between the English spoken in the North and in the South. You can even find localised dialects that are spoken in specific cities (e.g.: Geordie in Newcastle).
  • Social Dialect – Similarly to other dialects, these emerged based on a specific class or culture. They are sometimes referred to as a minority dialect. For example, African American Vernacular English is seen to be part of this category.
  • Jargon – special words and phrases that are used by particular groups of people, especially in their work (Cambridge Dictionary).
  • Slang – vocabulary, idiom, etc, that is not appropriate to the standard form of a language or to formal contexts, may be restricted as to social status or distribution and is characteristically more metaphorical and transitory than standard language (Collins).

These are all things we have to be aware of when working with audiovisual translation here at GoLocalise.

Click the image below to start the quiz:

How did you do on our language and translation knowledge test?

Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to get them all right, there were some tricky questions in there. You always have the chance to give it another go and increase your previous score!

FUN FACT! Did you know that the Cambodian language possesses the longest alphabet (more than 73 characters)?

Enjoyed this blog? Check out another one of our fun quizzes or click for our previous blog on one of our French VO artist’s Q&A.

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