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Interactive language quiz

I am pleased to announce the Interactive Language Quiz. Please have a go at it and let me know what you think, either by email or by commenting below.

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crazysoph
Aug. 29th, 2004 02:23 am (UTC)
Very good to have the table - as it warns me that not everything is translating into my browser... will try different settings later, to see if that improves readability...

But still, cool thing you've done!

Crazy(and full of babbling, but probably even less informative)Soph
crazysoph
Aug. 29th, 2004 02:33 am (UTC)
Okay, second report - with the Safari (Mac OS X) browser, I can't seem to get the middle line in your table to clear up into anything resembling a script, while I do get some character strings in the others - first Cyrillic, second Hebrew, fourth Arabic, fifth Greek. In all of those lines there is a string of Roman characters: AIAI, which curiously is joined by Tails in the second line of the Hebrew, and an AIAI™ in the Arabic...

IE is even less helpful than it appeared it could have been, as every attempt to reset the character-reading results in the browser redirecting to the default. Which makes the page even less readable, with whatever settings I have on my machine.

Crazy(will try to tinker more here, soon)Soph
(no subject) - nwhyte - Aug. 29th, 2004 03:32 am (UTC) - Expand
(Anonymous)
Aug. 29th, 2004 10:13 am (UTC)
Estonian
I guess you make a confusion between ő in Hungarian and õ (o + ~ on) in Estonian. The last is a completly diferent sound. Usualy this sounds in Estonian like Romanian "â" or "î" or in Russian / Bulgarian "ы". The matter of fact it has an another, second sound, but it is more difficult to explain it.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 29th, 2004 10:20 am (UTC)
Romanian
2) Apăsaţi orice buto pentru a începe jocul.
must be
2) Apăsaţi orice buton pentru a începe jocul.
from "buton" is missing "n"
nwhyte
Aug. 29th, 2004 12:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Romanian
Thanks!
marykaykare
Aug. 29th, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC)
Well that was fun! I hadn't any trouble with the more common Romance and Germanic languages, but damn those Lativians and Croats and Serbs and the like!

MKK
alcarilinque
Aug. 29th, 2004 10:19 pm (UTC)
Hey, thought I would mention a difference in the estonian. In link (1) you cite õ as being the same as the character o´´ in Hungarian. They're actually quite different, the estonian character is an o with a tilde, while the hungarian is an o with two acute accents. In some fonts, they look the same, but they're not.

They're also pronounced differently, but it doesn't really matter.

Awesome quiz, though :D

(1) http://explorers.whyte.com/34l/10short.htm
which_chick
Sep. 8th, 2004 07:36 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this, but had to take the short version because I couldn't get the middle languages in the 'test' section to display properly. It's surprising how many of these I had educated guesses for even though I can not actually read anything besides English fluently.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 8th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC)
language test
very nice test but the hyperlinks (wrong.html ...) give the answer away and are a distractuion ...
moretea
Sep. 8th, 2004 10:45 am (UTC)
The quiz was really fun!

I admit to having been clobbered by Slavic, but I did pretty well elsewhere.

The Portuguese seems to be a bit off kilter, but perhaps that's McDonald's fault? But must take issue with the description of Spanish as "the official language of Spain..."

Sure, but what about the other 19 countries? :-)

Anyway, thanks again.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 8th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
test
fun! i did much better than i'd thought i would (7 wrong i think). thanks for putting it together and placing it on the web.

Troy
(Anonymous)
Sep. 8th, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
Four wrong. But one is because, as a Swedish speaker, I refuse to discriminate between Danish and Norwegian.

Great quiz, though.
moretea
Sep. 8th, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, another quick question:

Shouldn't the dot in the Catalan "col.lectar" be "coŀlectar" ?

That's "U+0140 LATIN SMALL LETTER L WITH MIDDLE DOT" to put it Unicodically.

Incidentally, I admit to being perplexed as to how you managed to represent all those texts without encoding the webpage in UTF-8.

nwhyte
Sep. 10th, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC)
You'd be surprised at what's already available...
tisoi
Sep. 8th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC)
Belarusian also has that "i"


I got three wrong, though. And I mentioned your quiz in linguaphiles
jdm314
Sep. 8th, 2004 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'm (in the middle of) enjoying your quiz. One nitpick though:

The only other language written in this alphabet is Yiddish, which is however very rare these days.


Yiddish and Hebrew may be the only languages which are both major and modern that are written in the Hebrew alphabet, but there are a slew of others which are less well known, or less alive that are/were as well.

E.g. Judeo-Spanish (aka Ladino, Zudeismo etc.), Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-anything really, Classical Aramaic, etc.

If we count scripts that are so closely related to the "square Aramaic" Hebrew letters that they may as well be considered separate fonts rather than separate alphabets, the list expands greatly, including Syriac (which has modern forms), Pahlavi (& Parthian), Phoenician (& Punic), Ammorite and so on.

Just a nitpick, I know, but you probably want to qualify that statement better.
marieange
Sep. 8th, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)
I love it! Sadly didn't do very well, though... -_-
heuteistmeintag
Sep. 8th, 2004 09:02 pm (UTC)
awesome. thank you for taking the time to create it :)
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