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(Some Linguist)   There are over 6000 languages spoken on Earth. How good are you at recognizing some of them?   ( greatlanguagegame.com) divider line
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2013-09-09 12:49:28 AM  
That was kinda cool.  I got 300 points which is probably not great, but it's a neat concept in any case.
 
2013-09-09 03:06:54 AM  
My highest score is 400.
 
2013-09-09 03:18:15 AM  
450 here. Interesting
 
2013-09-09 03:45:57 AM  
I beat the game and got all the achievement points
 
2013-09-09 03:47:57 AM  
350 first try, 450 second. Really cool though!
 
2013-09-09 03:51:40 AM  
I didn't recognize ANY of those languages.

What I did recognize was the accent of the speaker.

Take a speaker with an English accent and them speak Punjab and I would be SOL.
 
2013-09-09 03:57:47 AM  
I've played a couple of times now (highest score only 400) and it seems if of the two options, I've NEVER heard of one of them, the right answer is generally the more well-known language. I also thought that I couldn't get the same language twice, but I did, and that cost me a life.

A lot of them I only got right because it's a multiple choice test. I've never heard Kurdish spoken before, but the clip sounded similar to Arabic and none of my other options were anywhere near the Middle East, so Kurdish it was.

I wish so many of the clips didn't sound like they were phoned into a radio program. The static doesn't really help if you're listening for accent.
 
2013-09-09 04:00:45 AM  

Mare_Imbrium: I've played a couple of times now (highest score only 400) and it seems if of the two options, I've NEVER heard of one of them, the right answer is generally the more well-known language. I also thought that I couldn't get the same language twice, but I did, and that cost me a life.

A lot of them I only got right because it's a multiple choice test. I've never heard Kurdish spoken before, but the clip sounded similar to Arabic and none of my other options were anywhere near the Middle East, so Kurdish it was.

I wish so many of the clips didn't sound like they were phoned into a radio program. The static doesn't really help if you're listening for accent.


There's no way I'll get above 450 except sheer random luck. It starts giving options I've never even heard of before, so I've no idea what that language might even sound like, I just have to go by what the name of the language sounds like. I still enjoyed it, and I suppose if one played it enough you'd improve in time hee hee.
 
2013-09-09 04:04:46 AM  
I'm curious as to whether someone might be fluent in one of these languages and if they could translate any of them.
 
2013-09-09 04:05:05 AM  
I like this game. It makes me realize that I've been exposed to a good number of languages. But I think I want to smack the person who put this together upside the head. I was just given a clip that sounded like someone who was calling in from a radio show from inside a tin can at the bottom of the ocean. The clip was of such poor quality I couldn't tell if it was German or FARSI. And I've heard both languages spoken before, several times. I find it hard to believe they couldn't find a better quality clip of the language.
 
2013-09-09 04:06:31 AM  
The smacking might be a little harsh. I was pretty frustrated because that was my last life and I felt like an idiot for picking wrong. Still, better quality clips badly needed.
 
2013-09-09 04:06:41 AM  
900 on the first try, but I did get lucky on a couple of occasions.
I got burned by South Slavic (i.e. former Yugoslavian) languages.
 
2013-09-09 04:15:04 AM  
I reached 700, but got lucky for a few.
 
2013-09-09 04:44:02 AM  
Cool game. Got 600 points.

Interesting thing to me was that I'm kicking myself for misses on Fijian, Hindi, and Icelandic (all of which I have at least heard before), while I got all of the more obscure Northern Ndelebe stuff.

For me at least, I guess it's all about the choices.
 
2013-09-09 05:17:09 AM  
Wow, i suck at languages, apparently. 150 on the first try.
 
2013-09-09 05:30:10 AM  
750 on my first try.  Not bad.  Couple were educated guesses, some I could get just from accent (i.e. what would this person sound like speaking English?).
 
2013-09-09 05:37:21 AM  
I'll have to play the game later, but I can tell Korean writing from Chinese / Japanese because Korean has those ovals.

Of course, this is Dallas. I have no idea what the diff between Chinese writing and Japanese is because all the nips live in Houston. And I use nip because I saw a (presumably) Japanese teen wearing a baseball style jersy with "The Nipper" last time I was in Houston.

That being said... I know a Korean place near Harry Hines that's got TARDIS grade deception in it's storefront, a Chinese place around the block from a chinese printed newspaper, and an Ethiopean food place.

/have you had Ethiopean food?
//neither have most of them.
 
2013-09-09 05:59:23 AM  
450 on my first try.  I'm pretty good at figuring out what people are speaking, but come on... Kannada?  LATVIAN?  You've got to be kidding me.
 
2013-09-09 06:01:56 AM  
You know who else was fluent in over 6000 forms of communication?
 
2013-09-09 06:08:47 AM  

JayCab: You know who else was fluent in over 6000 million forms of communication?


FTFY
 
2013-09-09 06:13:15 AM  

wildcardjack: I can tell Korean writing from Chinese / Japanese because Korean has those ovals.


Chinese and Japanese are also very different since they diverged 1000s of years ago.

The Japanese characters are a bit simplified, but since they have two simple alphabets they never got too simple. Chinese, on the other hand, only has the kanji so they really streamline 'em.
 
2013-09-09 06:25:00 AM  
Eh, only 300 for me.  This is not, in fact, Sparta.  Maybe I'll try again tonight after work.
 
2013-09-09 06:41:57 AM  
The only language I need to know is American.
 
2013-09-09 06:58:28 AM  
600 on the first try.  Several guesses in there, although I did catch Scottish Gaelic as I speak a little Irish Gaelic, and they are close enough that they at least sound the same...

I failed on one of the languages because the dude said "Montreal" and I immediately clicked French, and it was something I'd never heard of instead, that's just cheating on their part.

My ex-employer was Latvian, and he spoke goddamned Russian, so I'm sure I'll miss that one as well.

Basically if you can recognize what family the language is in, you can make a good guess.  My technique is "do they sound western european, like a viking, like an asian, or like an indian, or like a Russian?"  Then it's just a matter of placing the language geographically.  Doesn't work on ones I've never heard of before though.
 
2013-09-09 07:40:06 AM  
Well, I got the first three, and then it all went downhill from there.

/all I need to know is 'merican, damnit.
 
2013-09-09 07:41:43 AM  
450 here.
One of the questions gave me both Indonesian and Malaysian (or is it Malay?) as possible answers.
I thought they were the same language.
 
2013-09-09 07:56:00 AM  
I'm very good at recognizing some of them. Not many, but some.

/English
//British English
///'Merican
////that's "some", right?
 
2013-09-09 08:20:43 AM  
thread needs more Hoshi Sato


www.startrek.com
 
2013-09-09 08:31:51 AM  

untaken_name: I'm very good at recognizing some of them. Not many, but some.

/English
//British English
///'Merican
////that's "some", right?



Someone really should make an all-English version of this game.

"Sheeeeeeeeeit."
[Texas] [Yooper] [South Africa] [Brooklyn] [Baltimore]
 
2013-09-09 08:42:16 AM  
650 but only because I speak Russian and recognized the Slavic languages. I missed freakin Turkish a language I hear almost daily.
 
2013-09-09 08:49:01 AM  
500 at the first try. East asian languages drives me to desperation...
 
2013-09-09 08:53:45 AM  
Wow, this thread is just filled with able, canny, clever, deft, ingenious, intelligent, masterful, skillful, and sly linguists.
 
2013-09-09 08:54:45 AM  

ltdanman44: thread needs more Hoshi Sato


[www.startrek.com image 320x240]


Her looks were given a significant boost thanks to her gifts with a sex pout.

/cunning linguist, etc.
 
2013-09-09 09:04:14 AM  
I suck at languages so I was actually surprised I scored 300 on my first try. But since I found myself listening to tone and flow of language I was able to pick out a couple that way.
If you put the language on a monotone computer voice I would have been completely SOL from the beginning.
 
2013-09-09 09:14:01 AM  
850
If you know a few things about the major language families, the first couple of rounds are easy.  When it gives you 4,5,6,7 choices in later rounds, wow.

Tonal for the Chinese.
Lots of gutterals for Semitic (Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, etc).
Basque has lots of 'x' sounds.
The toughest one in the early rounds that I had was Italian vs. Spanish - you've got to really pay attention to that!
 
2013-09-09 09:30:11 AM  
500, primarily due to a short stretch of western European languages. I was pretty happy that I was able to distinguish between Danish and Swedish, though. Speaking Norwegian was actually beneficial for once!
 
2013-09-09 09:44:52 AM  

Smoking GNU: Wow, i suck at languages, apparently. 150 on the first try.


I beat you with a zero.  Guessed wrong three times in a row...
 
2013-09-09 09:52:26 AM  
First try 450.
 
2013-09-09 10:19:53 AM  

Gosling: I'm curious as to whether someone might be fluent in one of these languages and if they could translate any of them.


I'm not going to translate them, but the two Dutch samples I got were talking about attacks in Yemen with something about Al Qaeda. Didn't really pay too much attention so I don't know the details and chances are I'm not getting them again any time soon. They did sound like they were taken from the same radio show.
 
2013-09-09 10:25:14 AM  
First Attempt:  0
Second Attempt:  200.

It's good that when you play again, you don't get the same first few questions though.
 
2013-09-09 10:36:27 AM  
600 for the first try. I got Bangla wrong  twice, which is a little unfair because I presumed that they wouldn't ask the same language within a few questions of each other. In the end, I guessed Indonesian when the right answer was Samoan.
 
2013-09-09 10:40:26 AM  
700 on the second try. I picked Malay instead of Malayam, Arabic instead of Indonesian, and Bosnian instead of Punjabi. Only the first one is excusable.
 
2013-09-09 11:32:10 AM  
550, halfway through my first cup of coffee. I missed a few arabic and southeastern asian languages by *that* much (I knew the region, just guessed wrong on the specific language).
 
2013-09-09 11:45:16 AM  

Rincewind53: 700 on the second try. I picked Malay instead of Malayam, Arabic instead of Indonesian, and Bosnian instead of Punjabi. Only the first one is excusable.


750 here, but the problem indeed is how do you deal with very similar languages that you recognize but not speak? I've failed Bosnian vs Croatian test. Those two as far as I know are nearly identical. No amount of general familiarity with Slavic languages would help there
 
2013-09-09 11:50:37 AM  
650.

Many were guesstimates.  ex: "this one sounds slavic and the choices are slovenian and urdu, let's go with slovenian".
 
2013-09-09 12:10:59 PM  
200 first time, then 350.  I need more words-learning-travel-activity.

Vacation.  That's the word I was looking for.
 
2013-09-09 12:24:37 PM  
700 for the first time with only two guesses

The oceanic languages are the ones giving me the most trouble.
 
2013-09-09 12:26:07 PM  
I got to 900 and my browser crashed.

I am skeptical that they give "easy" questions at the beginning as there were a few languages I'd never heard in the first few questions and one language I didn't know existed. The bastards screwed me on one question--assyrian is an extinct language, yet it was correct? I assume they meant akkadian. It was pretty douchy near the end to put macedonian on the same list as serbian. I had another question where the options included both urdu and tamil.
 
2013-09-09 12:31:22 PM  

elysive: I got to 900 and my browser crashed.

I am skeptical that they give "easy" questions at the beginning as there were a few languages I'd never heard in the first few questions and one language I didn't know existed. The bastards screwed me on one question--assyrian is an extinct language, yet it was correct? I assume they meant akkadian. It was pretty douchy near the end to put macedonian on the same list as serbian. I had another question where the options included both urdu and tamil.


I, too, broke the game after several correct answers. Only got to 550 though.
 
2013-09-09 12:50:50 PM  

doglover: wildcardjack: I can tell Korean writing from Chinese / Japanese because Korean has those ovals.

Chinese and Japanese are also very different since they diverged 1000s of years ago.

The Japanese characters are a bit simplified, but since they have two simple alphabets they never got too simple. Chinese, on the other hand, only has the kanji so they really streamline 'em.


Chinese and Japanese never diverged because they were never related. Japan borrowed Chinese writing and adapted it for use with Japanese. The use of Chinese characters to phonetically represent old Japanese lead to the creation of the kana scripts, which are more of a syllabary than an alphabet (each character represents either a stand alone vowel, a consonant paired with a vowel, or the nasal N).

Yes, I'm being picky.
 
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