Friday, 20 March 2015

The Daily Teaser — 20-3-2015: La langue française

Wouldn’t you know it … ?

It wasn’t there … !

You’ve probably realised I’ve been keeping an eye open for a new — and cheap — smart phone.

Mostly where my carriers have STOPPED supporting sending Tweets by text message.

And, much as I’d LOVE to get an iPhone, I’m having to go with cheap — really cheap! — Android jobs.

At least that way, there’s an app that let’s me do this, on the go.

The one I had my eye on, though … ?   For a tenner?

Out of stock: and not in until Tuesday!

Chas and Dave had exactly the word … 


But let’s get moving on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring nine out of ten.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s very French questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 20th March is UN French Language Day.   French has been an official language —  in France — since which year of the 1990s?
Q2) French is one of five of the world’s most widely spoken Romance languages.   Name one of the other four.
Q3) French is spoken in France: and in Wallonia.   Wallonia is part of which European country?
Q4) French is also one of the official languages of Switzerland.   How many official languages does Switzerland have?
Q5) Versions of French are spoken in the British Isles: on two of the Channel Islands.   Name one of the two islands.
Q6) French is an official language in Canada.   It’s the only official language in which Canadian province?
Q7) French is the second most widely spoken language in four US states.   Name one of those states.
Q8) With over 24 million people who speak French as a first or second language, which African nation has the largest population of French speakers?
Q9) French is an official language in Vanuatu.   Vanuatu is in which ocean?
Q10) Finally … what’s the French word for ‘Goodbye’?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 19th March saw the Mars Odyssey probe start photographing Mars.   How exactly: by thermal imaging, with a visible light camera or by gamma ray spectrography?
Q2) The imaging started in which year of this century: 2002, 2007 or 2012?
A2) 2002.
Q3) In which year was the probe launched?
A3) 2001.
Q4) Roughly how long is a Martian year: 676 days, 686 days or 696 days?
A4) Roughly 686 (Earth) days: 686.971 days, if you to be want accurate.
Q5) What name have scientists given to one Martian day: a day, sol or mon?
A5) Sol: a Martian year is roughly 668 Martian days long.
Q6) One system used by planetary scientists starts the Martian calendar on 11th April of which year of the 1950s?
A6) 1955.
Q7) Mars has what’s either the largest or second largest mountain in the solar  system, depending on how it’s measured.   What’s that mountain called?
A7) Olympus Mons: or Mount Olympus, if you want the English version of the name.   It’s an extinct volcano.
Q8) Mars’ atmosphere is 96% what: nitrogen, oxygen or carbon dioxide?
Q9) Mars is also known as what: the red planet, white planet or blue planet?
Q10) Finally … name either of Mars’ moons.
A10) Phobos and Deimos: or Fear and Terror, after the two sons of Mars, the Roman god of War.   (There’s also a daughter, called Clancy … )
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“The reason why all of us naturally began to live in France is because France has scientific methods, machines and electricity, but does not really believe that these things have anything to do with the real business of living.”

Gertrude Stein.
And, as it’s in French?   This song … 

Oh, and this one … 

And finally … 

THIS one … !

Enjoy the eclipse, if you can see it … !

*        I certainly hope so, Debbi!   Right at the mo, I’m just mildly frustrated out of the cheap one I had my eye on!   Grrrr … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Cie la vie. :) I think that's how it's spelled.

1. 1992
2. Italian
3. Belgium
4. 4
5. Jersey & Guernsey
6. Quebec
7. Louisiana
8. The Democratic Republic of the Congo
9. the Pacific
10. au revoir