Can you name the languages spoken in the sound clips? by 1447 | Online Games & Trivia by Sporcle

Can you name the languages spoken in the sound clips? by 1447 | Online Games & Trivia by Sporcle

I doubt I have very many linguists in my readership, I don’t often write about my love of language and linguistics. I found this via a language and linguistics blog that I read regularly. If nothing else, its fun to hear the same phrase in 30 different language and to compare the basic sounds and intonation you hear.
I got 5 of the 30 correct: English, French, Japanese, German and Thai. Surprisingly, I missed Mandarin (I lived in China and speak some Chinese) and, less surprisingly, Korean (I studied it for a project during my M.A. work) and Arabic (which I studied for a class project).
If you feel intimated, just go and listen — if only to see what its like to know its language but understand nothing. Its humbling.
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4 comments

  1. I'll go and listen later… I AM interested in languages! I study languages!I guess, though, that that humbling effect won't be so big on me. I've travelled to countries whose languages I don't undestand, and listened to songs I did not understand… and watched a Saami film with Norwegian subtitles at one point, which I also did not understand that much. šŸ™‚ Plus lots of shops in my hometown are operated by Vietnamese people, and when they talk between themselves, I also don't understand a word.Still, it will be interesting. Thank you for the link!

  2. I'm impressed, Priest's Wife! Are you lucky enough to have exposure to these various languages, or are you just well versed in the languages of the world.I think I might head back after a week and see what I can still remember. I love being able to ID a language just by its intonation and sounds (as I did for Japanese and German and Thai).

  3. You've got at least one linguist-type reader here! Thanks for the fun link. I got half right 15/30. Imagine, missing Mongolian or Esperanto! What kind of linguist am I?? šŸ™‚


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