Tuesday, December 30, 2014

By their writing?

So, I saw this quiz on Facebook - Can you identify these 11 languages by their writing? Could be interesting, I thought. But then the questions were like this: "This is a West Semitic language of the Afroasiatic language family. What written language is this? Hebrew, Slovenian, Thai"

Wut? I don't even need to see the writing to answer that.

Or else this: What language is this? Comment allez-vous aujourd'hui French, Italian, Spanish

Guess what? No way to tell from the writing system!

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At 12:06 PM, December 31, 2014 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Sigh... I don't suppose any of the examples (or even any of the multiple-choice distracters) was Portuguese, even though it's the third most-spoken European language in the world.

At 8:47 AM, January 01, 2015 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Portuguese was a distractor.

I should also note that at least some of the examples were letters, possibly words, but written in the wrong direction (left to right instead of right to left) and with independent rather than joined forms. Though since the quiz was on the writing system, not the language, I suppose that's excusable.

Here's the link if you want to take it.


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