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Linguistics quiz, snagged from sannalim

Language Savvy
You scored a 260 out of 400 on language knowledge.
Congratulations! You know your stuff! You've scored higher than most people would and you probably have taken a linguistics or cultural science class to boot. Most likely you are bilingual or even multilingual. You are also probably fascinated by languages and want to learn more of them in the future. When you travel to a foreign country, you make a point to learn some of the language instead of imposing your own. It's people like you who help promote the exchange of languages worldwide. Keep it up!

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 99% on knowledge
Link: The World Languages Test written by jeremie096 on OkCupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
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singingtopsy From: singingtopsy Date: September 15th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel really, really proud of myself that I knew that West Frisian was the closest language to English. But then, it helps that we went over the history of English in my linguistics class on Tuesday!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 15th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
See, that's one I got wrong, because my vast knowledge is based on, "Huh, didn't I just hear from some random person that Danish is the closest language to English?" ;p

Most of my guesses were based on general knowledge of geography and history more than linguistics.
singingtopsy From: singingtopsy Date: September 15th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, and I, having a smattering of geography and European history, had to rely on my sketchy, recently acquired linguistic knowledge!
Actually, Danish (checks lecture notes) isn't that far off, really. Northern and eastern England was under Danelaw for about 100 years sometime around 1000 AD. And even after the Germanic-languge speaking tribes reconquered that part of the country, a few generations of Danish bilinguals continued, and "we" borrowed words like egg, freckle, sister, die, flat, awkward, they, their, both, same, til and though. More Danish words are used in the north and eastern parts of England today.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: September 15th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I got a 270. That's probably average for librarians, then...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 15th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I got 270 the first time I took it, but I forgot to copy the code and apparently changed an answer the second time!

I want the answer key.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: September 15th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup. Me too. I may challenge my afterschool kids to go hunting the answers though, and we'll see how high a score we can get.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
The lack of a key on these annoys me I will have tyo ask wikipedia later. though I suppose we could do them together here and figure it out.

dalf again
sixth_light From: sixth_light Date: September 15th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, they're completely wrong about me being a professor or grad student of linguistics or anthropology *snerk* but the "speak several languages and possibly working on a new one" is fairly close to the mark. Most of my knowledge doesn't come from learning those languages, though; it's history and reading. (If I ever write an autobiography, it will be entitled "Everything I Know, I Learned From Reading Genre Fiction.")
snorkackcatcher From: snorkackcatcher Date: September 15th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
320 -- and I had to grin at the suggestion of 1337 Language Skillz, as apart from a smattering of half-remembered school French I basically only know English. (I do have a vague interest in languages though and reasonable historical knowledge, which probably helped.)
trinity_clare From: trinity_clare Date: September 15th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I got 240, and I guessed on most of them. What saddens me is that getting slightly more than half of the answers right is enough to put me in the 99th percentile.
singingtopsy From: singingtopsy Date: September 15th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Same here, and I only got 220. I'm not sure most people my age know what a language family or a creolized language even is.
dreamer_marie From: dreamer_marie Date: September 15th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I did only 250, and I'm fully trilingual. So you must speak at least 3 languages. Don't try to hide it!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 15th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I admit it. My fifty word or so vocabulary in Hebrew, mostly forgotten Spanish, fudged-and-made-up Latin, and of course counting-to-four in Chinese are the real root of my success. ;p
vytresna From: vytresna Date: September 15th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
fudged-and-made-up Latin

And yet you somehow managed to carry a major plot thread concerning Latin lessons? I commend you.
maglors_finch From: maglors_finch Date: September 15th, 2006 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Hm. I wouldn't attach too much importance to this quiz. The answers to the last question, for instance (the one about Papiamento), were all wrong, but that was not an option you could pick...

matril From: matril Date: September 15th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fun quiz, but I do find it sad that my so-so score of 240 still put me in the 99th percentile. My linguistic knowledge is largely limited to Indo-European, and I only speak one other language, but apparently most people barely speak their native language. :P
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veryshortlist From: veryshortlist Date: September 16th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I scored 200, and I'm bilingual. Go figure.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
ok either that is creepy or they score things funny. I got the exact same score (260) as you. Though I do think question 10 was bunk as at least one of the languages listed and I think two have many more than 12 million speakers. Though it was not clear that they were talking about just miniorty speakers or not.

- This is dalf BTW cant login on this comuter
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