Laudre (laudre ) wrote in linguaphiles ,

The Great Language Game

I can't recall if I saw this linked here before, but, if not, The Great Language Game.

It's pretty simple: an audio clip plays, and you're asked to identify which language the clip is in. It starts off with two choices per clip, and as you get more right, more options will appear. Difficulty is a bit random, thanks to the algorithm that generates language choices; one of the languages I got wrong was Slovak, when my four options were Slovak, two other Slavic languages I also don't know, and Khmer (the only thing I knew for sure was that it wasn't Khmer).

I am pleased that I was able to correctly identify Thai and Lao, though. Not bad for a white American whose non-native languages tend towards the spotty at best.
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This is really interesting! Polynesian languages and Farsi give me the most trouble.
Khmer was tricky, and Amharic. Did okay on my first try; 950 p.
That's remarkably fun, and engaging! I can see myself revisiting quite a lot, in an attempt to improve my meagre abilities.


February 10 2014, 19:12:36 UTC 1 year ago Edited:  February 10 2014, 19:19:58 UTC

I'm definitely not ready to tell Fijian from Samoan, so I wonder if the questions are random (i.e. is it possible to have a question like Serbian vs Bosnian).

The Ukrainian sample is spoken with thick Polish accent, by the way.