Skip to comments.How good are you at identifying languages just by listening to them?
Posted on 02/14/2014 5:41:49 PM PST by kingattax
Amongst the thousands of languages spoken across the world, here are just eighty. How many can you distinguish between?
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Ebonics is the only one that comes to mind........
Considering I’m half deaf and have difficulty with English, not too many.
Very cool! I’ve played several rounds, but 300 is the best I have done so far.
That was fun...400...and I’ve never heard Latvian [sp?]
500 to 600 consistently, but there are several I’ve never heard of. I guess two years of Spanish 1 pays off.
I’ll clear my cache and try again.
I know I could do better.
BTW, I don’t speak any other language.
Wow, fun but tough! I played about 7 rounds and never got above 400. Some of these languages I’ve never heard of... are they actual “languages” or just dialects... or is that just semantics?
Yeah, sometimes it was simply process of elimination. E.g., it’s definitely not Italian, and it’s a little too “off” to be Portugese... okay, it must be Latvian!”
250 I mistook Icelandic for who can remember what language..
500 but second guessed myself on one, so I could have had 1 more correct.
I like to think I have a good ear for languages and I’ve been around enough internationals (plus time abroad), that I’ve heard a lot of different languages. I took German, Spanish, Old English, and Chinese as a student, and used Rosetta Stone to learn Danish a few years ago. My friends who were native and near-native Danish speakers said I did pretty well for learning from the computer. And as luck would have it, I have a friend who spent 6 months in Iceland and I spent a little time looking at the language, so that was easy to pick out.
I always have a hard time with Portuguese. I don’t know why.
I'll never forget the day some 5 or more years ago, several Japanese men came into the store needing help but unable to speak any english at all. With patience and sign language they - me - we mixed a few gallons of paint and they left happy, never saw them again.
We get a lot of people from all over the world who I guess have bought the cheap real estate we have in Detroit. Still amazes me that Japanese group. Can't imagine going so far from home without someone as a guide who can speak the language. Of course in America, they must feel safe in doing so here.
Round two (didn’t clear my cache)
I think the faster I answer the better I do.
550 — lots of fun.
I scored 550. My family is Macedonian, so I was able to recognize most of the Slavic languages. And I recognized Gujarati, because my sister-in-law’s family is Indian. (That woman on the recording sounded JUST like her mother. LOL!)
Are the women in Iceland really good looking?
I know quite a few languages but I only got 300. That was fun. Gonna play again.
At least we now have a PM who can be understood in both English and French!
Thanks reminds me of this young guy that I worked with back in the early 1990’s.
He said “You know when you’re in an elevator with a group of Japanese and they are all talking, in Japanese ? “And you think they are talking about you ?”
This young guy, very very smart All-American kid, spoke Japanese fluently.
He calmly waited until they exited the elevator and replied back to their utter amazement.
I got 650, but that was hard! Both my Bangla samples contained the world Bangla or I would have done a lot worse! Also, there was one sample with an African accent speaking French. I heard the African so I thought African, but then I understood all the words, and they were French. Tricky!
I scored 500.
There's a beautiful woman behind every tree!
The Canadian PM s speaking English: “I don’t know — a proof is a proof. What kind of a proof ... it’s a proof! A proof is a proof, and when you have a good proof it’s because it’s proven.”
No thanks, it’s obvious this is a project of an NSA/CIA/Soros front collecting info to be employed after Marshall’s (sic) law is brought by Congress upon youse suckers.
They all screamed!
English and profanity.
850 for me. And me, with only a little French and German from fifty years ago.
Yes it does. Sounds like a cross between German and Italian to my ears.
No thanks, its obvious this is a project of an NSA/CIA/Soros front collecting info to be employed after Marshalls (sic) law is brought by Congress upon youse suckers.
And don’t forget about those “Free websites” like “My clean PC” and others that provide automatic backups.
No Latin? Sigh.
No Klingon either...
I failed. I know at least 20 words in over 8 languages and I cannot break 350 in any trial.
Eventually if you play long enough you will hit 850.
Hit 500 fairly easily. Languages studied/learned/spoken in my home: English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Arabic. That helps. Haven’t traveled nearly as widely as I’d like, but grew up in multi-cultural metropolitan city.
Took the test five times, scored from 300 to a max at 600 once ... Probably would’ve helped if the audio quality on some of the clips was better. I was trying to listen for the word endings which usually helps identify the language family group, but this proved misleading some times.
I listen for the words of goodbye. I know the other language for the words.
I think it was a lucky set of sound bytes and answers. On the second try I got 150.
No worries. My hearing is so damaged, I can barely understand English, just ask my wife...........
My score was 750 — with many lucky guesses. Usually I could eliminate at least some of the choices, though. I missed Latvian, South Efate (I have no idea what that is, or whether there’s a North Efate :-), and Farsi.
My best score was 550.
Twice now, I was wrong on Greek. Strange since my ex-wife is Greek and I spent countless hours/days/years listening to her family speak Greek.
I think there may be some dialects within certain languages that make this more difficult.
Got a 700. Got Slovak wrong twice. Hate those guys.
I like to think that I am very good at identifying languages. I missed one this weekend. I asked the associate at Walmart if her accent was Australian but she was a Kiwi.
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