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Quiz: Are you a Movie and Book Language Rockstar?

Are you a Language Rockstar? Test your skills.

Think you know the difference between Klingon, Elvish and Dothraki? How well do you know your TV, Movie and Book languages? Here are 20 questions to test the best. A score of 16 or more and you rule the universe!

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How well do you know your TV and Movie languages?

Think you know the difference between Dothraki and Klingon? Here’s 20 killer questions to test you out. Score 16 to be a language Rockstar.

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So where do all these languages come from?

On TV shows and Movies the people who create languages are called Conlangers. It is short for contructed language. Most of the time it is the author themselves that creates the language but in recent times people have actually been hired to create languages for movies.

Language creation has existed for centuries and their creators are called conlangers. Paku was the first language created for “Land of the lost”, by UCLA Linguist, Victoria Fromkin. According to the Dothraki’s creator, it is a hard job and you need focus to create a sentence while maintaining the correct vocabulary and grammar. The grammar structures are one the hardest challenges to design when creating a language.

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The STAR Spelling Quiz 2016, most misspelled words

English Spelling Quiz

Most misspelled words

Test your spelling knowledge. We've put together some of the most misspelled words in English, according to the peeps at the Oxford Dictionary. Fill in the blank spaces with the correctly spelled words. Let's show them you know better!

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The Ultimate Language Quiz by STAR Translation

Take the Ultimate Language Quiz

The Ultimate Language Quiz

Test your knowledge of world languages. Answer these twelve, tricky language-related questions and let us know your score in the comments.

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The Make or Do Quiz

Make or Do Quiz, Better English

Make or Do Quiz, Better English

Take the Make or Do Quiz

When it comes to learning English, the infinitive verbs to do and to make follow a set of rules similar to each other. Let’s explore the definitions of do and make, and their subsequent collocations… Then, take the quiz!

DO

The rules are a little obscure and not so easy to follow. The verb do describes activities and are placed with words such as what, nothing, anything, thing, etc. People generally use do to talk about leisure activities, duties, tasks, jobs and so forth.

Examples*:

  • ‘What shall we do now?’ ‘You can do what you like. I’m going home!’
  • ‘He didn’t do anything. He just sat there.’
  • ‘You expect me to do everything around the house. Well, I’m fed up!’
  • ‘I did all my homework last night so tonight I’m going to do the housework.’
  • ‘I did a lot of research and I think I did a good job on that essay. I did my best anyway.’
  • ‘I intend to do lots of walking on holiday this year, and perhaps some bird-watching too.’

MAKE

The use of the verb make describes when someone is constructing, creating or performing something.

Examples*:

  • ‘I made three suggestions and left it to him to make the final decision.’
  • ‘I’ve made all the arrangements for the trip and I’ve made a great effort to get it all right.’
  • ‘I’m afraid I’m going to have to make my excuses and leave.’
  • ‘I have to make three phone calls.’

QUIZ TIME!

Time to test your knowledge now. It’s not an easy task for an English language learner; it takes time, knowing your usage, learning more and knowing which verbs collocate with which nouns. Give it a try.

Possible Verb Sentence (imperative)
do make …the washing-up and the cleaning
do make …your homework now!
do make …an application for your driving licence.
do make …an impression.
do make …something worth being proud.
do make …a fortune, a mess or a profit.
do make …business (with somebody).
do make …a cake for your sister’s birthday, will you?
do make …an effort to be nice (to someone).
do make …amends for your bad behaviour.
do make …the right thing tonight and be polite to her.
do make Can you…the dinner this evening as I’ll be out until late?
do make …an announcement or a speech.

*Examples taken from the BBC, Learn English online programme.

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Countries Languages Quiz 2015

Countries and Languages Quiz

Countries and Languages Quiz, name the countries

Name the four countries whose flags are represented above.

Try the Countries and Languages Quiz

We want to know how much you know about languages and the countries that speak said languages. Above there are four countries. Can you name them and their respective languages?

Comment to answer…

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European Flags Quiz — Countries and their Languages

European Flags Quiz

We have a quick quiz for you to test your knowledge on European countries and their languages.

How well do you know your flags?

Out of 9, from left to right, top to bottom, name the countries’ flags and their respective languages.

European flags quiz

Name the European Country and its Language

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Most World Cup Wins

FIFA: For the good of the game, 1977

FIFA World Cup logo from 1977

Countries with the most World Cup wins

Have you had football on the brain for the last few weeks? If so, here’s some trivia for you.

The World Cup has been called many names: the World Cup, World Cup finals, the Cup and so on. Its official title is the FIFA World Cup and it is an international association football competition. In case you weren’t so sure, the sport is contested by the senior men’s national football teams and its governing body: FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association).

Played every four years since its inaugural tournament in 1930 in Uruguay, except during 1942 and 1946 because of the Second World War, the World Cup has become the most viewed and followed sport in history and continues to do so.

FIFA’s early days began in 1904 when the body made efforts to establish an international football competition between nations outside of the Olympic framework. It was listed a failure. The British FA or Football Association organized for football to become an official game at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. It was a success and the following Summer Olympics (1912) in Sweden saw football return. The England team won on both accounts.

In 1909, an international football tournament was organized by Sir Thomas Lipton (a merchant and the founder of Lipton Tea!) in Turin, Italy for professional club sides from Italy, Germany and Switzerland. Apparently the FA of England chose not to partake in the tournament. This event is known as The First World Cup. Having the first ever World Cup and football being played in the Summer Olympics, it wasn’t until 1914 that FIFA recognized it as a “world football championship for amateurs” and agreed to take responsibility for managing the event thereafter.

Current Format

Its current format allows 32 international teams to take part in the finals. Since teams have to pass the qualification phase in the preceding three years, the tournament boasts high competitive stakes. In the past, FIFA started out with only a dozen or more teams per tournament. The 1950 games saw as little as 13 teams involved when it was held in Brazil for the first time. Its expansion resulted in 24 teams partaking back in 1982 and rose again to 32 teams in 1998. Although there has been talk of FIFA expanding the number of competing teams to 40.

For our football and World Cup fans out there, let’s jog your memory.

Which country has the most World Cup wins?

COUNTRY WINNING TITLES
Brazil 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
Italy 4 (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)
Germany 3 (1954, 1974, 1990)
Argentina 2 (1978, 1986)
Uruguay 2 (1930, 1950)
France 1 (1998)
England 1 (1966)
Spain 1 (2010)

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How Wordy Are You?

How wordy are you?

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Word Games

Think you’ve got a broad vocabulary? Consider yourself a wordsmith? Test your knowledge here!

We’ve put together an interesting test for you. We’ve compiled six questions plus a bonus 7th question to test your maths skills. Just for good measure!

  1. What 5-letter word reads exactly the same when you turn it upside down?
  2. Can you name a 15-letter word with no repeat letters, otherwise known as an ‘isogram’?
  3. What is the only word in the English language with three consecutive sets of double letters?
  4. What is the only word in the English language with one vowel occurring five times?
  5. Therein: a seven letter word in the English language that contains nine words within it. Can you find all nine words without rearranging any of the letters as they appear in the word? Note: do not count the word itself!
  6. What two words in the English language use all of the vowels, in the correct order. Hint: both words end with a ‘y’?
  7. What is the value of 1/2 of 2/3 of 3/4 of 4/5 of 5/6 of 6/7 of 7/8 of 8/9 of 9/10 of 1,000?

WARNING: ANSWERS BELOW

  1. SWIMS
  2. Well done if you answered any of the 4 possible words below
    • Subdermatoglyphic (17)
    • Uncopyrightables (16)
    • Dermatoglyphics (15)
    • Troublemakings (14)
  3. Bookkeeper
  4. Indivisibility
  5. There are nine words excluding the word ‘therein’ itself: the; there; he; in; rein; her; here; ere; herein.
  6. Abstemiously and facetiously
  7. 100. Below is a table of the process of how we worked it out

Subdermatoglyphic isn’t an official word, but it’s used by skincare professionals; it cannot be found in any English dictionary. Perhaps if the word were hyphenated it could then be used correctly i.e. sub-dermatoglyphic

Start Fraction Answer
1000 x 9/10 900
900 x 8/9 800
800 x 7/8 700
700 x 6/7 600
600 x 5/6 500
500 x 4/5 400
400 x 3/4 300
300 x 2/3 200
200 x 1/2 100

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Proofreading test, the answer

English proofreading test, the answer – classroom board

English proofreading test, the answer is below.

English proofreading test, the answer

A little proofreading test for you to figure out today.

This sentense has two mistakes.

What are the mistakes? Try to figure it out before you view the answer below.

The Answer

Have you worked it out yet?

There are two mistakes; however, it’s a bit of a trick question and an important exercise to demonstrate the skills required of professional proofreaders.

  1. Everyone gets the first mistake: the word sentence is spelt incorrectly. Proofreaders are trained to spot mistakes in grammar, spelling, punctuation etc.
  2. The second mistake is that the sentence only has one spelling mistake. It should say, ‘this sentense has one mistake‘.

This highlights the proofreaders other skills, that of checking context, content and the correctness of sentences, paragraphs etc. Does the sentence state what it’s supposed to say and is the context correct?

Often during translation, the actual content of the string isn’t checked. All the words are correct, but the sentence might be written incorrectly in English or translated incorrectly.

On a separate note, it’s worth noting that we often find mistakes (both spelling mistakes and syntax errors) in the English documents we’re sent for translation. Good translators will be checking the texts they work on for mistakes and potential mistranslations such as those previously outlined.

The next time you look at authoring, translation or proofreading, remember to check the easy stuff (i.e. spelling) and the harder part (i.e. syntax and grammar).

We hope you enjoyed it. Try another proofreading test.

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Typical Proofreading Test

Typical proofreading test

A typical proofreading test.

Typical proofreading test to spot professional proofreaders

Most people automatically read ‘can you see a mistake in this sentence‘ and miss the second letter A. Look again!

There are two A letters.

The reason for this is that your eyes actually scan text as you read it, therefore your mind can interpret what is coming.

Your mind is constantly interpreting the world around you to make life easier. Some people are starters, some are finishers. Depending on which type you are, your mind will ignore the end or start of the sentence with the letter A.

Your mind automatically tries to understand the meaning of the sentence instead of reading exactly what is written or typed. This is an example of a proofreading test often used to test professional proofreaders.

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