Jewish Languages Quiz


From Hebrew to Aramaic, Ladino, Yiddish, and Judaeo-Arabic–how much do you know about the languages that Jews spoke in the past and continue to speak today?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. 7. Which of the following is NOT a similarity between Hebrew and Yiddish?

The two languages share the same alphabet. Both are Semitic languages, belonging to the Afroasiatic family of languages Both languages are read from right to left. Neither language uses capital letters.

Qustion 2. Which of these is NOT a Jewish hybrid language?

Judeo-Chinese Judeo-Italian Judeo-Spanish Yiddish Judeo-Greek

Qustion 3. Who introduced the system of dots and dashes that indicate how Hebrew words should be pronounced?

Joshua (Moses' successor) Rabbi Akiba Rabbis known as the Masoretes Maimonides

Qustion 4. What do the Hebrew letters khaf, mem, nun, pey, and tzade have in common?

They are all hard to pronounce for non-native Hebrew speakers They are all considered late additions to the Hebrew alphabet They are all written differently when they are at the end of a word They are the most common letters in the Tanakh

Qustion 5. What does the Hebrew word nikudot refer to?

Contractions Colloquialisms Misspellings Vowels

Qustion 6. In the Middle Ages, Hebrew was used primarily for what?

Day-to-day conversations Written correspondence Ritual and religious purposes None of the above

Qustion 7. Where is the only Ladino newspaper in the world published?

Madrid Tel Aviv Istanbul Jerusalem

Qustion 8. True or false: Ashkenazic and Sephardic Hebrew differ in pronunciation, but are identical in written form.

True False

Qustion 9. Moses Mendelsshon was the first person to translate the Torah into which language?

Russian English German Czech

Qustion 10. What was the original name of the block letters used in Torah scrolls and most printed Hebrew texts?

Ktav ashuri Ktav ivri Lashon ha-kodesh Ivrit
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