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Language topic

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Forostar, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Got 600.
     
  2. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    500. I would have recognised Bengali if it hadn't been with other options from India.
     
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  3. Ariana

    Ariana Purple leopard

    Haven't we played this game before?
     
  4. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Have we? Perhaps, or one that looked like it.
     
  5. Ariana

    Ariana Purple leopard

    I'm quite sure we have.
    Anyway, I got 700, but I got several European languages. I guessed Tamil, Urdu and Korean correctly, though.
     
  6. Saapanael

    Saapanael "My hair sets the trend of tmrw by doing it today"

    I wished that Estonian would show up but it didn't :(.

    Totally unrelated but I recently dreamt that a girl from my class was on the phone and spoke in fluent Swedish. And I was under the impression that she had become advanced in some other languages as well. 'Twas cool.
     
  7. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Self-propelled artillery Staff Member

    Big fat zero.
     
  8. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide A Bug

    Got 350. Two of my lives were lost on reocurring Hausa. Serves me right, I guess.
     
  9. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    There are some hints in the sound clips, it pays off to listen to them until the end. For example, I figured it must be Hausa when they mentioned Boko Haram.
     
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  10. Srogyy

    Srogyy Ancient Mariner

    Guys, I could use a little help from someone who knows German well. I'd like to have a one-page text corrected (around 500 words). It's really simple pre-intermediate stuff, but I guess there are many mistakes, because I'm terrible at grammar. So if anybody's willing to help, please let me know and I'll share the details. ;)
     
  11. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Show me.
     
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  12. Srogyy

    Srogyy Ancient Mariner

    Thanks! I'll send you a private message in a moment. :)
     
  13. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Let's spice this thread up with a little quiz. Post your answers in spoilers, I'll give out the solutions on the weekend (Sunday or Monday, depending on the amount of takers).

    1. Name the ten languages with the highest amount of native speakers in the world. You can try to rank them or guess the number of speakers if you're adventurous, but try figuring out the languages themselves first.
    2. Name the extant branches of the Indo-European language family. I'm only asking for branches, not sub branches. e.g. it is sufficient to include "Germanic", no need to list "Western Germanic", "Northwestern Germanic", etc.
    3. Which region has the highest amount, both relatively and absolutely, of languages spoken in the world? The region is very clearly defined geographically and easy to distinctly name.
    4. Which country has the highest amount of official languages? How many are they?
    5. How many alphabets or scripts are currently in official use worldwide? This question does not distinguish individual adaptations of an alphabet, so e.g. the English, French and Turkish variations of the Latin alphabet are counted as one single alphabet or script.
     
  14. Shadow

    Shadow Deluxe Edition Staff Member

    New Guinea?
     
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  15. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide A Bug

    I'd guess Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, Spanish, English, Vietnamese, Panjabi, Russian, French, Portuguese.

    This should be probably obvious, but I'm not sure. Among my guesses would be India, Nigeria, New Guinea or Indonesia.

    Have to go to work, will think about it more later.
     
  16. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    What is the scope of "region" in the context of question 3? Country? Part of a country? Part of a continent? Why not ask for a country? (It won't make the answer easy, suddenly would it? ;) ).

    If it isn't country I say
    Africa
    .
     
  17. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    The region in question isn't a unified country, and it's not a continent, so I thought the term 'region' would be fine. The beauty of it is that any political definitions do not matter, and there are no geographic uncertainties (i.e. no "northwestern this or that", no "cis/trans", nothing like it). The region is as clear cut in its geographical definition as it can be, there is an absolutely unambiguous name applied to it, and it is universally recognised as the region with the highest linguistic diversity in the world, accounting for ca. 15% of the world's spoken language.
     
  18. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Has to be Oceania then, Papua New Guinea's neighbouring islands are also incredibly diverse linguistically.
     
  19. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Put your answers in spoilers, please.
     
  20. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Sorry, hope nobody else saw it.
     
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