10 most difficult writing riddlesLanguages quiz
In which language family are word roots not themselves syllables or words, but instead are isolated sets of consonants?
In Arabic, the root meaning "write" has the form k-t-b (كتب). From this root, words are formed by filling in the vowels, e.g. kitāb "book", kutub "books", kātib "writer", yaktubu "he writes" etc. Most scripts used to write Semitic omit some or all of the vowels, because the consonants are the primary carriers of meaning.
How many different cells are there in Braille?
Braille characters have rectangular blocks called cells that have tiny bumps called raised dots. A full Braille cell includes six raised dots arranged in two columns, each having three dots. There are 64 different combinations possible (2 to sixth power) and all are used except the "blank" one - for letters, numbers, diacritical marks and mathematical symbols.
Where does the kanji writing system come from?
Kanji are adopted Chinese characters that are used in the Japanese writing system, first introduced to Japan in the 5th century. Before the introduction of Chinese characters, no Japanese writing system existed. Kanji are used for writing nouns, adjectives, adverbs and verbs. For grammatical endings and words without corresponding kanji, two additional, syllable based scripts are being used, hiragana and katakana.
Which punctuation marks are particularly variable across European languages?
English ‘cat’ or “cat” is translated to French « chat » and German „katze“. Other countries typically use one of these styles. In many countries, English quotation marks are getting more and more popular due to widespread of English keyboards.
What is the name of knotted strings that the Incas used for sending messages and keeping records, as an alternative to writing?
A quipu usually consisted of cotton or camelid fiber strings. The Inca people used them for collecting data and keeping records, monitoring tax obligations, properly collecting census records, calendrical information, and for military organization.
An alphasyllabary writing system used mostly in India and Nepal is called...
The Devanagari script is used for over 120 languages, making it one of the most used and adopted writing systems in the world. Among the languages using it are: Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Pali and Sanskrit.
Phoenician alphabet was the first to use ...
Symbols representing whole words
Symbols representing sounds
The names of the letters are acrophonic, and their names and shapes can be ultimately traced back to Egyptian Hieroglyphs. For example, the name of the first letter, 'aleph, means ox and developed from a picture of an ox's head. Some of the letter names were changed by the Phoenicians, including gimel, which meant camel in Phoenician, but was originally a picture of a throwing stick.
Louis Braille, the inventor of the alphabet for the blind, was ...?
blind from birth
blind in one eye
blinded in both eyes as a result of an accident
Louis Braille was a French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for use by the blind or visually impaired. His system remains virtually unchanged to this day, and is known worldwide simply as braille. Blinded in both eyes as a result of an early childhood accident, Braille mastered his disability while still a boy.
Which of these letters is included in the German alphabet?
The letter ß (Eszett ) is used in German to represent ss. The letter β (beta) is from the Greek alphabet. Ъ (yer) is used in some alphabets based on Cyrillic, while ჩ (Chini) is in the Georgian alphabet.