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How good are you at identifying languages just by listening to them?
Great Language Game ^ | Lars Yencken

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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1 posted on 02/14/2014 5:41:49 PM PST by kingattax
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To: kingattax

Ebonics is the only one that comes to mind........


2 posted on 02/14/2014 5:49:02 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: kingattax

Considering I’m half deaf and have difficulty with English, not too many.


3 posted on 02/14/2014 5:51:00 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: kingattax

550


4 posted on 02/14/2014 5:51:28 PM PST by willyd (I for one welcome our NSA overlords)
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To: kingattax

Very cool! I’ve played several rounds, but 300 is the best I have done so far.


5 posted on 02/14/2014 5:52:45 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: kingattax

400


6 posted on 02/14/2014 5:54:57 PM PST by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: kingattax

That was fun...400...and I’ve never heard Latvian [sp?]


7 posted on 02/14/2014 5:58:21 PM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: Zeneta

500 to 600 consistently, but there are several I’ve never heard of. I guess two years of Spanish 1 pays off.


8 posted on 02/14/2014 5:59:45 PM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

I’ll clear my cache and try again.

I know I could do better.

BTW, I don’t speak any other language.


9 posted on 02/14/2014 6:03:40 PM PST by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: kingattax

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?


10 posted on 02/14/2014 6:04:19 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: virgil283

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!”


11 posted on 02/14/2014 6:06:05 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: kingattax

250 I mistook Icelandic for who can remember what language..


12 posted on 02/14/2014 6:08:17 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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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.


13 posted on 02/14/2014 6:11:08 PM PST by radiohead
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To: Zeneta
Cool idea. 300 after several lesser scores.

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.

14 posted on 02/14/2014 6:11:54 PM PST by WhoisAlanGreenspan?
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Round two (didn’t clear my cache)

450

I think the faster I answer the better I do.


15 posted on 02/14/2014 6:11:58 PM PST by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: kingattax

550 — lots of fun.


16 posted on 02/14/2014 6:12:06 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: kingattax

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!)


17 posted on 02/14/2014 6:13:15 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: radiohead

Are the women in Iceland really good looking?


18 posted on 02/14/2014 6:14:08 PM PST by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: kingattax

I know quite a few languages but I only got 300. That was fun. Gonna play again.


19 posted on 02/14/2014 6:19:06 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: kingattax
My 'puter won't pick up the audio. I have a question for you. What is former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Cretien saying and is this supposed to be English?

At least we now have a PM who can be understood in both English and French!

20 posted on 02/14/2014 6:19:07 PM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: WhoisAlanGreenspan?

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 ?”

“They Are”

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.


21 posted on 02/14/2014 6:19:33 PM PST by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: kingattax

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!


22 posted on 02/14/2014 6:27:35 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: kingattax

got 500


23 posted on 02/14/2014 6:33:30 PM PST by big bad easter bunny (If it weren't for coffee I would still be living with my parents!)
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To: kingattax

I scored 500.


24 posted on 02/14/2014 6:33:39 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Perdogg
Are the women in Iceland really good looking?

There's a beautiful woman behind every tree!

25 posted on 02/14/2014 6:35:02 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

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.”


26 posted on 02/14/2014 6:36:23 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: kingattax; a fool in paradise

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.


27 posted on 02/14/2014 6:40:14 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Zeneta
A friend of a friend was walking down the street in Tokyo and a gaggle of Japanese gals was behind him wondering if everything on him was proportional to his gajin height, he turned around and assured them in his excellent Japanese that it was indeed.

They all screamed!

28 posted on 02/14/2014 6:40:23 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
I speak two languages fluently ...

English and profanity.

29 posted on 02/14/2014 6:40:39 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: kingattax

550


30 posted on 02/14/2014 6:40:59 PM PST by Third Person
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To: willyd
450. German easiest.
31 posted on 02/14/2014 6:45:16 PM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger
Portuguese was a surprise. Sounds much different than Spanish
32 posted on 02/14/2014 6:46:46 PM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: Yaelle

850 for me. And me, with only a little French and German from fifty years ago.


33 posted on 02/14/2014 6:49:07 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: knarf

LOL


34 posted on 02/14/2014 6:50:05 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: luvbach1

Yes it does. Sounds like a cross between German and Italian to my ears.


35 posted on 02/14/2014 6:50:37 PM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Revolting cat!

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.


And don’t forget about those “Free websites” like “My clean PC” and others that provide automatic backups.


36 posted on 02/14/2014 6:57:34 PM PST by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: reg45

that’s impressive.


37 posted on 02/14/2014 6:58:01 PM PST by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: kingattax

No Latin? Sigh.


38 posted on 02/14/2014 6:58:05 PM PST by MrChips (Ad sapientiam pertinet aeternarum rerum cognitio intellectualis - St. Augustine)
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To: MrChips

No Klingon either...


39 posted on 02/14/2014 7:01:27 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: kingattax

I failed. I know at least 20 words in over 8 languages and I cannot break 350 in any trial.


40 posted on 02/14/2014 7:05:46 PM PST by posterchild
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To: posterchild

Eventually if you play long enough you will hit 850.


41 posted on 02/14/2014 7:23:09 PM PST by posterchild
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To: kingattax

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.


42 posted on 02/14/2014 7:26:10 PM PST by MWFsFreedom
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To: kingattax

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.


43 posted on 02/14/2014 7:31:01 PM PST by mikrofon (Na Zdrowie!)
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To: kingattax

I listen for the words of goodbye. I know the other language for the words.


44 posted on 02/14/2014 7:35:26 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Zeneta

I think it was a lucky set of sound bytes and answers. On the second try I got 150.


45 posted on 02/14/2014 7:37:45 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: MrChips

No worries. My hearing is so damaged, I can barely understand English, just ask my wife...........


46 posted on 02/14/2014 7:39:01 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: kingattax

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.


47 posted on 02/14/2014 7:45:39 PM PST by GJones2 (Language ID Quiz)
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To: reg45

LOL.

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.


48 posted on 02/14/2014 7:52:45 PM PST by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: doorgunner69

Got a 700. Got Slovak wrong twice. Hate those guys.


49 posted on 02/14/2014 7:54:07 PM PST by mindburglar (Karl Rove will call Ted Cruz a "white hispanic".)
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To: kingattax

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.


50 posted on 02/14/2014 8:03:32 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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