Czech language question stumps U.S. 'Millionaire' contestant – and host!

Some basic Czech could have netted Who Wants to be a Millionaire? contestant J.D. Barton a cool $500,000

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky Published on 19.12.2020 16:03:00 (updated on 20.12.2020) Reading time: 1 minute

Is that a yes or ano?

Some basic Czech could have netted a contestant on a recent episode of the U.S. edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? a cool $500,000 and a chance at the grand-prize million-dollar question. Instead, therapist J.D. Barton walked away with $250,000.

In a second-season episode of the rebooted Millionaire that aired earlier this month, Barton made his way up to the half-million dollar question after phoning a friend about the deep space Oort cloud and confirming with his onstage friend that Meryl Streep won an Oscar for The Iron Lady.

With one lifeline left, Barton was given the following question:

"Confusing for English speakers, “ano” is the word for “yes” In which of these languages?"

The multiple choice answers were: Czech, Arabic, Korean, or Portuguese.

While locals might be yelling at their screens, Barton just didn't know the answer.

After theorizing that ano might be the Portuguese word for year (it is) and that Arrested Development taught him an-nyeong was the Korean word for yes (an-nyeong is actually 'hello' in Korean), Barton burned his last lifeline.

Unfortunately, 'ask the host' didn't get Barton any further, as Jimmy Kimmel was also stumped. Watch the whole clip below:

Originally created in the UK in the late 1990s, versions of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? have been produced in over 100 countries worldwide - including the Czech Republic.

Regis Philbin hosted the American version of the show in its original version from 1999-2002 before handing duties to Meredith Viera, who was succeeded by Cedric the Entertainer, Terry Crews, and Chris Hanson.

Jimmy Kimmel took over as host earlier this year.

The Czech version of Millionaire aired on Nova from 2000-2005 and had a brief renewal in 2016.

In the Czech version, the show's catchphrase "Is that your final answer?" is translated as "Je to vaše poslední slovo?"

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