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Can you name the language that I don't speak?
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I do not speak...
Es tut mir leid, ich spreche kein Deutsch.
Watashi wa nihongo o hanashimasen.
Lo siento, no hablo español.
Sajnos nem beszélek magyarul.
Anteeksi, mutta minä en puhu suomea.
Ho sento, no parlo el catala.
Я не говорю по-русски.
Promiňte, nemluvím Český.
I do not speak...
Wo bu hui shuo hanyu
Më vjen keq, nuk flas shqip.
Het spijt me, ik spreek geen Vlaams.
Undskyld, jeg kan ikke tale dansk.
Vabandage, ma ei räägi eesti keelt.
Je suis désolé, je ne parle pas français.
Slicha, ani lo medaber ivrit.
Chan eil Gaidhlig agam.
Right language family for the above answer, but not quite it.
No, no, a thousand times no.
No, that would be 'I Don't Speak English'
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What Language Don't I Speak? Quiz
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May 8th, 2010 at 03:58 GMT
Note: These sentences are pretty much accurate with regards to my not speaking the languages. With regards to the grammar, I just trusted the BBC (or in a couple cases a country/city's official tourism site) and hoped. Please let me know if there are any corrections I should be making.
May 8th, 2010 at 19:59 GMT
flemish = dutch; you should accept both.
May 8th, 2010 at 20:13 GMT
I'm not sure if they're exactly the same (my understanding was that Flemish was closer to a dialect than being an identical language, though I'm far from an expert). I've changed it so Dutch as acceptable though.
May 9th, 2010 at 01:06 GMT
I liked how you transliterated the languages so that quiz-takers couldn't guess from the alphabet - why wasn't this done for Russian as well?
May 9th, 2010 at 02:19 GMT
Accept Scots/Scotts Gaelic for Scottish gaelic.
May 12th, 2010 at 21:33 GMT
Is "Chinese" Mandarin or Cantonese? Whichever it is, you should also accept that as an answer.
May 12th, 2010 at 21:48 GMT
Flemish is very different from .nl dutch when spoken, but in writing it's fairly similar, so yeah, Dutch should be accepted.
May 12th, 2010 at 22:11 GMT
@Pyrophorus - I'm guessing it's because a lot of people don't have support for Chinese/Japanese characters so they had to be transliterated, whereas Russian characters display fine
May 12th, 2010 at 23:49 GMT
@RedLIon: Scots is not the same thing as Scottish Gaelic. The former is a Germanic language (closely related to English) while the latter is a Celtic language.
Also, "Zhongwen" should technically be "Hanyu". "wen" means written language, whereas "yu" means spoken language. A lot of people use the terms pretty loosely nowadays, but I like to be pedantic.
May 13th, 2010 at 00:24 GMT
Thank you all for your comments. I've changed it so Scots Gaelic and Mandarin are acceptable (I really should have known better on that latter one!), and to Hanyu. Arpw pretty much nailed why everything but the Russian one was transliterated. I'll probably leave the Russian one as it is for now...there's already a couple other answers that play "find the cognate" and this makes it transparent in a different way.
May 13th, 2010 at 09:29 GMT
You forgot the first accent on "désolé."
May 13th, 2010 at 15:37 GMT
Awesome quiz. I only wish Basque was on here :)
May 13th, 2010 at 19:33 GMT
Damn... you caught me out with Hebrew. I would recognise the script, just not the way it looks in the Latin Alphabet.
May 13th, 2010 at 20:48 GMT
Saying "I don't know X language" in that exact X language sounds kinda paradoxical though, don't you think :)
May 13th, 2010 at 22:14 GMT
I don't really see it as paradoxical...if you're travelling to a foreign country and only have time to learn a few phrases in the language, "I don't speak this language" or "I only speak English" seems like one of the better ones to learn.
May 14th, 2010 at 08:19 GMT
I find it a little amusing that (almost) every language except Hebrew says "I'm sorry" first. I wonder if the site you used just thinks Hebrew speakers are rude? ;) If you wanted to add it, the new phrase would be "Slicha, ani lo medaber ivrit."
May 15th, 2010 at 00:45 GMT
@thisisaname - Scots Gaelic is a widely used English abbreviation of Scottish Gaelic is what I think RedLIon was referring to.
May 18th, 2010 at 00:06 GMT
I don't speak Czech (haw haw), but I am pretty sure that "Cseky" is not right. The main word for Czech is "Český," so it should be that or a declined form (and "Cseky" really doesn't look like a likely declined form).
May 18th, 2010 at 00:22 GMT
@Lauraellen: I think what happened is that the "I'm sorry" ones all came from a BBC subpage on various official languages of Europe, while Hebrew came from a different page. The Hebrew is now significantly more polite thanks to you :) @swellwrench: You don't speak Czech at least two letters more accurately than I do.
May 18th, 2010 at 22:12 GMT
No English? :-)
May 21st, 2010 at 04:26 GMT
No love for Italian?
May 21st, 2010 at 07:53 GMT
Italian (italiano), Urdu (urdu), Hindi (hindi), Indonesian (bahasa Indonesia), Portuguese (português), Punjabi (punjabi) Tagalog (tagalog), and Thai (thai) all suffered from the same sort of problem.
May 25th, 2010 at 03:55 GMT
@thisisaname - in four years living in China I have never heard anyone say "Hanyu". Everyone here says Zhongwen - maybe you like to be pedantic, but if it's the word that everyone says, doesn't that make it the correct word?
Jun 17th, 2010 at 20:11 GMT
Sorry, but sayig "Hey spijt me, ik spreek geen Vlaams" is Flemish would be like saying "Sorry, I don't speak American" is American. Just as you would call the second English, the first is Dutch. You are right by saying the Flemish dialect has some significant differences from Dutch, but they don't show in this sentence
Jul 12th, 2010 at 07:50 GMT
The last one in the first column is one very Cesky language.
Aug 2nd, 2010 at 19:29 GMT
Nice quiz. Might you include Arabic as it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world? Or does it suffer from a problem similar to Italian, Urdu, etc.?
Aug 8th, 2010 at 07:29 GMT
Estonia and Irish are from the same language family?? How'd that happen?
Aug 8th, 2010 at 17:11 GMT
Irish and Scottish Gaelic (one of the later answers) are from the same language family, and the hint was intended to apply in that case. I tried to make that clear with "the above answer", but I guess maybe there's a better way of doing it...?
Game published: Aug 13th, 2010 at 19:56 GMT
Aug 13th, 2010 at 20:07 GMT
Ég tala ekki íslensku - Icelandic
Aug 13th, 2010 at 20:09 GMT
Asif, la atakalam al arabiya - Arabic
Aug 13th, 2010 at 20:12 GMT
flemish is not a language: the language is Dutch, even when it is spoken in Flander, Belgium. Flamish is a Dutch dialect.
Aug 13th, 2010 at 20:15 GMT
Sorry, I don't speak English. - English
Aug 13th, 2010 at 20:19 GMT
wonderful idea! me encante!
Aug 13th, 2010 at 20:20 GMT
I'm a little confused as to why the Cyrillic alphabet is used for Russian, but Japanese, Chinese, and Hebrew are transliterated into the Roman alphabet?
Aug 13th, 2010 at 20:29 GMT
No doubt No Doubt approves of this quiz.
Aug 13th, 2010 at 20:36 GMT
Îmi pare rău, nu vorbesc romaneşte. -Romanian
Aug 13th, 2010 at 20:45 GMT
Please can the correct alphabets be used for each language? Only Russian appears correctly.
Aug 13th, 2010 at 20:48 GMT
You know that the correct term for "Hungarian" is Magyar?
Aug 13th, 2010 at 20:50 GMT
I'm also confused as to the transliteration scenario. Is it perhaps because there are many languages that use the Cyrillic alphabet but only the namesake languages for each of the other alphabets/symbolic systems?
Aug 13th, 2010 at 20:51 GMT
Shouldn't Scottish be, "What the f*ck are ye sayin', laddy?"
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