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Are you a good English learner? ... quiz here ... be patient

Post by Pirate » Mon Feb 09, 2004 7:06 pm

(Adapted from The Sunday Time Magazine)
A quiz by Dr PAUL MEARA of Birkbeck college, London.

Write your answer on a piece of paper, then add up your scores to find out how good a language learner you are.

1. Learn the following Samoan words (Samoa is in the South pacific):

toalua husband
tamaloa man
tauloalea youth
loomatua old woman

Did you find this task
a) easy & fascinating?
b) very difficult?
c) not easy, the words look the same?
d) so boring, you didn’t even try?

2. Exhausted after swimming the river, Fred decided to get some sleep, but the boolles made it impossible, and even the smoke from his camp fire didn’t keep them away.

What is a boolle?
a) a wild animal
b) a giant mosquito
c) a kind of noise
d) don’t know

3. Someone asks you the way in very bad English. When s/he doesn’t understand yor reply, do you
a) say it again but louder?
b) get irritated & give up?
c) draw her/him a map?
d) find out if s/he speaks another language you know?

4. Here is a new language:

ek kum chuchu – the train is coming
ek namas chuchu – the train is very big
nek kum niva chuchu – the train isn’t coming
ek chuchu – it’s a train

How would you say “It’s not a train”?
a) nek chuchu niva
b) ek niva chuchu
c) nek niva chuchu
d) don’t know

5. How many foreign languages can you greet someone in?

6. Your boss tell you that you have been chosen to go om a six-month course to learn a completely new language. Do you

a) look for another job?
b) say they’ve chosen the wrong person?
c) worry a bit but reckon you’ll cope?
d) long to get started?

7. You go to an evening class to learn a language. The class last two hours a week. List the sorts of practice you might do on your own at home.

8. How good are you at expressing yourself in your own language, both in speaking and in writing?

a) I always can put into words exactly what I want to say.
b) I don’t know.
c) It depends on the situation.
d) People sometimes say I’m not clear.

9. When did you last read a book for pleasure (in any language)?
a) yesterday
b) I can’t remember
c) last week
d) last month

10. Have you got
a) a bilingual dictionary (English to your language)?
b) a monolingual dictionary (English-English)?
c) both a bilingual and a monolingual dictionary?
d) no dictionary at all?

11. Read through this list of words, then write down as many of them as you can without looking.

pin church identify luxury accelerate carefully miscalculate occasional anxious knot daffodil impertinent

12. In 1 minute write a list of things you could do with a cabbage (apart from cooking or eating it).

13. In 1 minute write down as many reasons as you can why it might be useful to learn Eskimo.

14. Fill in the blank with one of the words below.

Shakucomespiteare isos wonone ovofef tehe wororolid’s grematerest wririterners. Hehe wasis ............... onin Staratarafoorrd-inon-Aravont.

a) borotone
b) born
c) shororit
d) don’t know

15. What is your attitude to learning about British culture (arts, institutions, way of life)?
a) I’m not interested in the slightest, I just need to learn the language.
b) I’m interested a bit, but only out of curiosity.
c) I’m very interested to find out about the people behind the language.

16. What do the following words in Samoan mean?
loomatua tamaloa taulualea toalua

17. Are you male or female?

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Post by Pirate » Mon Feb 09, 2004 7:08 pm


1. a – score 10 points b – 4 c – 8 d – 0
Good language learners (GLLs) find words fairly easy, and aren’t put off by the way they look.

2. a – 5 b – 10 c,d – 0
GLLs are able to make imaginative guesses about the meaning of words.

3. a,b – 0 c – 10 d – 8
GLLs make the most of their skills, and manage to communicate in all sorts of unlikely situations.

4. a,b – 2 c – 10 d – 0
GLLs are quick at seeing patterns in a foreign language. (Negative sentences in this language begin with ‘nek’. The last word is always chuchu.)

5. Two points for each language (maximum 10 points)

6. a – 0 b – 3 c – 7 d – 10
Being scared stiff is obviously a bad sign.

7. GLLs practise a lot on their own. Give yourself two points for different activity you listed. ( e.g. listening to cassettes while driving, watching foreign language films on TV). Maximum 10 points.

8. a – 4 b – 0 c – 10 d – 7
GLLs think a lot about how they use language.

9. a – 10 b – 0 c – 5 d – 2
GLLs seem to read a lot. (It’s a good way of increasing your vocabulary.)

10. a – 5 b – 8 c – 10 d – 0
GLLs have reference books and consult them regularly.

11. Less than 5, score 0 6-8, score 5 More than 8, score 10.
This test measure your short term memory. Most people can remember 5-6 words out of the list.

12. A point for each odea (maximum 10). People who are very rigid in the way they see things tend not to be very good at learning languages. This is probably because they don’t like being in situations they can’t control.

13. Two points for each idea (maximum 10). An important factor in learning a language is motivation.

14. a – 10 b – 2 c – 7 d – 0
This question assesses how willing you are to take risks in a language you don’t know well.

15. a – 0 b – 5 c – 10
It is impossible to separate a language from its culture. GLLs are open to other cultures and individuals, and tis creates more oppotunities for progress.

16. Two points for each word you got right. This question tests your memory again.

17. Females score 10! On the whole, women are better at languages.

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Post by Pirate » Mon Feb 09, 2004 7:10 pm


0-30 You think you are useless at languages, and can’t see the point in trying. Don’t give up! Keep at it!

31-70 Learning a language is hard work for you, but you get there in the end. You probably had bad experience at school. Just remember that most people in the world speak at least 2 languages, and lots speak 4 or 5, so it can’t be all that difficult, can it?

71-100 You’re an average sort of learner, not brilliant but you manage. You’re always willing to have a go. Surprisingly, it usaully works too! Add some systematic study to this, and a bit of practice, and you’ll be able to cope in most situations.

101-140 You can probably get in one or two languages already, and learning a new language holds no terror for you. Don’t give up when you feel you’re not making progress. A bit more confidence, and some concentrated practice, and you couls easily start feeling really at home in your foreign language.

141-170 You are an outstanding languages learner. You enjoy using words and language is a constant source of delight for you. You don’t learn a language to go on holiday – you enjoy going abroad because it gives you an excuse to learn another language!

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Post by Pirate » Mon Feb 09, 2004 7:13 pm


Okay, that's alll!

What do you think? What are your results? What does this quiz forget to ask us?

Hope to get feedback from you.

All the best!

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Post by Mandy2 » Tue Feb 10, 2004 10:41 am

Okay, here we go. My score's 121 and the interpretation fits me since I speak 3 languages and am always interested to learn more.

Take care everyone!
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Post by Guest » Sun Mar 20, 2005 10:15 pm

My score is around 101-140. This quizz is kinda fun. :D

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Post by GiddyGad » Sat Mar 26, 2005 2:21 pm

Actually this test says something about the ability to remember words. It's a common fact that the latter ability doesn't necessarily say much, if anything, about language learning abilities. It's a big mistake, a grave mistake to learn words without context.

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