Chicago Style Workout 78: Other Languages

Extreme close-up of the headword "language" in a printed dictionary.

It’s the Little Differences That Matter

Most writers and editors who work in English will encounter at least the occasional word or phrase from another language. To spot potential problems, it’s a good idea to know some of the conventions of the more commonly used languages, the subject of chapter 11 in CMOS.

To test your knowledge—and to learn about some of the things that distinguish other languages from English—take the quiz.

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Note: Style guides sometimes disagree. Except for a few details that can be verified in standard dictionaries and encyclopedias and other readily available sources, the answers in this quiz rely on the information in the 17th edition of CMOS.

Chicago Style Workout 78: Other Languages

1. English is written in the Latin alphabet, which is also known as the Roman alphabet.
2. In French and Spanish, adjectives derived from proper nouns are normally capitalized: la langue Française (the French language), la lengua Española (the Spanish language).
3. Quotation marks that look „like this“ are used in which language?
4. Peking and Beijing are the names of two different cities in China.
5. To get the original English version of a text translated from English into another language, it’s usually acceptable to retranslate the text back into English.
6. The Russian alphabet, which consists of thirty-three letters (А а, Б б, В в, . . . Я я), is also known as
7. In the German phrase deutsche Literatur (German literature), why is Literatur capitalized?
8. In the Hawaiian language, the name of the largest Hawaiian island is spelled Hawai’i (with an apostrophe).
9. Which language includes the consonants ð (eth) and þ (thorn)?
10. The general process of mapping one writing system to another is called


Dictionary entry for the word language, by Art of Success / Adobe Stock. [This image replaces an earlier one, which contained errors.]

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