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Aug 24th, 2012 at 22:03 GMT
Like it but could have done with more time, was going for anything at the end
Aug 25th, 2012 at 04:30 GMT
It's a fine idea for a quiz, but: (1) Including "Klingon" as a real language is a little dicey. (I could say the same for Esperanto, but that's at least not explicitly fictional.) (2) "Cambodian" is another name for "Khmer" (both Wikipedia and Merriam-Webster list it as such), so including it as a wrong answer is problematic. (3) It's a little odd to call "Bosnian" and "Montenegrin" languages, as they're really just local names for what is generally called either Serbo-Croatian or Serbian/Croatian. (Indeed, the Ethnologue doesn't include Montenegrin as a separate language: http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=srp .)
Aug 25th, 2012 at 15:28 GMT
I'm a little confused about the acceptance of "Surinamese." To my knowledge, the official language of Suriname is Dutch; and, although their dialect can be distinguished as "Surinamese Dutch," accepting "Surinamese" would be analogous to accepting "American" (English). Unless there is some other language commonly known as "Surinamese," in which case I apologize.
Aug 25th, 2012 at 17:02 GMT
I was having some fun with Klingon and Esperanto, but I understand the ambiguity of including 'manufactured' languages. Those have been removed. I also have removed the other 'languages' in question to avoid confusion. Thank you for the comments.
Aug 27th, 2012 at 16:06 GMT
Many thanks for the Editor's Pick!
Aug 27th, 2012 at 18:28 GMT
@Anne13: a pleasure :)
Aug 27th, 2012 at 21:13 GMT
Romansh, of course, is also what Sean Connery celebrates every Valentine's Day.
Aug 28th, 2012 at 19:08 GMT
It runs out of time at 2:13.
Aug 28th, 2012 at 22:36 GMT
I think I would love the music of the "Wu Xiang" clan
Aug 31st, 2012 at 02:51 GMT
I'm quite confused why "Bangla" and "Bengali" are both listed here and both accepted. It would be like having "Español" and "Spanish" or "Russkij yazik" and "Russian"
Sep 1st, 2012 at 12:29 GMT
Okay, how did I miss English? Another (more or less) surprising alternate would be Sotho.
Sep 2nd, 2012 at 21:37 GMT
I could have sworn that Vulcan was the language of rubber.
Sep 3rd, 2012 at 15:40 GMT
@Tahnan I would have liked to see Klingon on here because, although it was invented for Star Trek, it has actual words and syntax and everything. A Lord of the Rings language would be nice too.
Sep 4th, 2012 at 18:41 GMT
Good quiz. May I suggest keeping Bengali instead of Bangla? Also, I got several by deciding that nearly anything I hadn't heard of was a language (Dzongkha, Kinyarwanda). You might put in a few more fake languages that sound similarly obscure but would be recognized as non-languages by anyone who knew what they referred to -- for example, Quetzaltenango or Koyaanisqatsi or Chinuaachebe.
Sep 4th, 2012 at 19:17 GMT
Good quiz missed quite a fair few.
Sep 4th, 2012 at 22:14 GMT
@jimmyjam82nj: In Dutch the name Surinaams (Surinamese) is used to describe Sranan Tongo, which is very different from Dutch. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sranan_Tongo
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Sep 5th, 2012 at 04:05 GMT
5 globes for Worf alone!
Sep 5th, 2012 at 04:09 GMT
Bangla is more often referred to as Bengali in English.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 04:14 GMT
Vulcan is a real language. I refuse to believe that it's not.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 06:20 GMT
I can assure you me and many others are so pleased kyrgyz made the list :D
Sep 5th, 2012 at 07:05 GMT
Good idea for a quiz. I agree with the comments regarding Bangla, and note that it is the third least answered language. It is known as Bengali in English and has been for a few centuries. Otherwise to be consistent you would need to use the local language descriptions of the other languages. Bosnian is a dialect of Serbo-Croat. It is as similar to Serbian and Croatian as American English is to British English. It is only described as a separate langauge to pander to local sesitivities arsing from the unpleasant break-up of Yugoslavia.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 07:07 GMT
Native speaker of the least guessed answer right here.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 07:50 GMT
Define "real" language. Vulcan may be a fictional language, but it exists. There is a Vulcan dictionary. I'm sure there are some super Star Trek fans are fluent in Vulcan. Contrast that to false or "not real" languages like Mexican or American. While Mexicans and Americans have dialects of Spanish and English, there are no such languages or a lexicon you can point to for either.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 08:21 GMT
I clicked on Vulcan the first time around, reasoning that it's conceptually a language unlike other clues such as Arctic or American. (Real but fictional... like my friends!) And I have probably seen/heard it spoken in limited snippets over the years (casual Trek fan). But if it is a language, it's synthetic, probably extremely limited, and let's face it, a bit of a fantasy. (How big is the dictionary?) No idea how a language is defined, but whoever made up Vulcan and keeps the flame burning, probably topped out at 1,000 words and probably less. Verb conjugation? If somebody went through the efforts to create a few dozen regular verbs and a dozen irregular ones, then I say let them in the real language club (and call a shrink). But just because we've seen references to--and even some words/phrases in--Gnommish in the Artemis Fowl books or the language of Mordor in LOTR, doesn't really make them languages. Does Wookiee count? I've heard Chewbacca groan and Han certainly seemed to understand him.... I might accept Wookiee, if only to keep my arms from being pulled off.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 08:21 GMT
@markyb: Vulcan is not very well developed and one would be hard-pressed to carry on a conversation about anything besides warp coils, Romulans, or Kal-if-fee in Vulcan. I'm pretty sure it's all contained in just a few scenes throughout Star Trek and the contributions of some amateur linguists and Trekkies having fun. Klingon is the one with the dictionary and Shakespeare translations.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 08:32 GMT
I couldn't understand this quiz, I had to translate it
Sep 5th, 2012 at 08:39 GMT
Isn't it Letzebuergish? Or however it's spelled... starting with 'letz'
Sep 5th, 2012 at 11:34 GMT
Lëtzebuergesch in its native language but this is an English (language) site so that's the language that all the answers in. I'd like to see you try the 196 countries of the world quiz in all their native languages... wait, has that been done?
Sep 5th, 2012 at 12:08 GMT
With Worf's picture, I was surprised Klingon wasn't one of the "wrong" choices. It's as much a "real" language as is Vulcan. There is even an App Store app for it.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 12:16 GMT
@Zak6009: "Lëtzebuergesch" is the Luxembourgish word for "Luxembourgish", kinda like "Deutsch" is German for "German". @Colchester91: That would be awesome!
Sep 5th, 2012 at 12:36 GMT
Vulcan not a real language? People, this is why we're not ready for warp technology.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 13:40 GMT
Ended up going for the languages that looked fakest, which turned out to be a real language most of the times.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 14:16 GMT
Vulcan is a real language. Klingon shoulda been on there too.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 14:18 GMT
I'd like to agree with some earlier comments that the language spoken in Bangladesh is Bengali, NOT Bangla. This really needs to be changed.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 15:06 GMT
Мен бир аз Кыргызсча суйлой алам.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 16:52 GMT
The difference between Vulcan and Klingon and the real languages is that all the real languages are or have been (e.g. Latin) somebody's native tongue.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 17:06 GMT
@Statto2 There are people who raise their children to be native Klingon speakers (along with another language, of course). Not as much Vulcan, but there are native Klingon speakers.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 17:57 GMT
Vulcan should count. Lots of languages are completely synthetic, e.g. Esperanto. Modern Hebrew was basically invented in the last century using ancient Hebrew as a base. There are also plenty of languages that don't have large lexicons and have to rely on loanwords, like Cherokee or other Native American languages. So there's no reason to count out Vulcan just because it is "invented" or doesn't have a huge number of words. @Bobman1: The difference between Vulcan and Wookiee is that no one (to my knowledge) can actually speak Wookiee and be understood. Also, I don't know about the language of Mordor, but J.R.R. Tolkien's Elvish was constructed to be a complete language. Tolkien was a linguist, he purposefully constructed Elvish as a complete language.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 18:25 GMT
Since we're making a point of nitpicking, I would like to point out that "Wookie" is not a language; the Wookies have several languages. The one most people are familiar with (i.e. the one Chewbacca speaks in the films) is called Shyriiwook.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 20:44 GMT
American must be a separate language, 'cos you can get an English-American dictionary... http://www.amazon.co.uk/American-English-English-American-Two-way-Glossary-Atlantic/dp/090292060X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1346877838&sr=8-3
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