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Think You Know These Common Phrases In Other Countries? Test Your Knowledge!

Do you know these common phrases from countries around the world? Maybe you’ve picked up some of these while on your travels, or maybe you need to start brushing up on your languages again! Some of these questions might be harder than you think, test your knowledge below!

Answers to the Quiz:

Question #1:

The correct answer to Question #1 is ¿Dónde está la salida? This one is a common mistake since there are usually a lot of cognates between Spanish and English.

A cognate is a word that looks like and means the same thing in two languages. For example, “idea” in Spanish is the same as “idea” in English.

However, “èxito” is a FALSE cognate, meaning it LOOKS like it means exit, but actually means “success.”

  1. How do you say “Where is the exit?” in Spanish?
    1. ¿Dónde está el éxito?
    2. ¿Dónde está la salida?
    3. ¿Dónde está la éxita

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Question #2

The answer to Question #2 is Grazie pronounced graht-zee-eh.

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I put this one in there because you will not believe how many times I’ve heard actors in movies say “Graht-zee” when they’re supposed to be fluent in Italian!

Don’t forget that last “eh” sound and you’ll know more Italian than Hollywood (;

  • How do you spell and pronounce “Thank you” in Italian?
    1. Gratzi (graht-zee)
    2. Grazi (graht-zee)
    3. Grazie (graht-zee-eh)

Question #3

The answer to Question #3 is Selamat Pagi! After living in Bali for 6 months (and possibly moving back in 2021) we have a soft spot for this language!

Actually, did you know it’s considered to be one of the easiest languages to learn?

  • How do you say “Good Morning” in Bahasa Indonesian?
    1. Guten Morgen 
    2. Magandang Umaga
    3. Selamat Pagi

Question #4

The answer to Question #4 is Bonne Journée! If you just want to say hello to someone, you would use “Bonjour.”

If there’s one thing I have learned from living in France for a year, it’s that you NEVER skip saying Bonjour! Make sure to say it before you address anyone or before entering a store to shop!

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Bonne Journée is usually said when saying goodbye.

  • How do you say “Have a nice day!” in French?
    1. Bonjour
    2. Bonne Journée
    3. Bon Jour

Question #5

The answer to Question #5 is Konnichiwa! Although I haven’t dabbled in any character-based languages yet (meaning languages that don’t use letters), Japanese is first on my list!

If I had put these answers all in characters, would you still have gotten it right? (:

  • How do you say “Hello” in Japanese?
    1. Nĭ Hăo
    2. Konnichiwa
    3. Xin Chào

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    Mike Worley

    Friday 27th of November 2020

    Good info. Thank you.

    I do speak and write Japanese and it is a very interesting language - far simpler than English once you learn the symbols. That can be a challenge because Japanese actually uses three 'alphabets" - Hiragana consists of 46 characters making up everyday language. Katakana is a simplified way of writing the same 46 characters but only used for foreign words. Kanji is adapted from Chinese pictographs and each character represents an idea rather than a sound. It's said that you can read 95% of a Japanese newspaper if you know Hiragana, Katakana and the 2000 or so most common Kanji.

    Yasmin

    Friday 27th of November 2020

    Love this!