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Updated: 2018-04-23T16:20:56.992-07:00

 



Which renders nichim, who tends to rock quizzes li...

2010-06-13T15:04:18.907-07:00

Which renders nichim, who tends to rock quizzes linguistic, and Aviatrix, who tends to rock quizzes often, with perfect scores, followed right behind by la gringa and Mrs.5000.

Special props of the mad variety to Aviatrix and the UnWise Owl for showing their work in an entertaining fashion.



Hey, I'm back! 1. Gari langu linaloangama lim...

2010-06-13T14:45:44.978-07:00

Hey, I'm back!

1. Gari langu linaloangama limejaa na mikunga = SWAHILI
2. Mon aéroglisseur est plein d'anguilles = FRENCH
3. Mein Luftkissenfahrzeug ist voller Aale = GERMAN
4. Ilmatyynyalukseni on täynnä ankeriaita = FINNISH
5. A légpárnás hajóm tele van angolnákkal = HUNGARIAN
6. My skeertuig is vol palings = AFRIKAANS
7. Moje vznášedlo je plné úhořů = CZECH
8. Mea nāvis aëricumbens anguillis abundat = LATIN
9. Mój poduszkowiec jest pełen węgorzy = POLISH
10. Mit luftpudefartøj er fyldt med ål = DANISH
11. Nire aerolabangailua aingirez beteta dago = BASQUE
12. Vehicolul meu pe pernă de aer e plin cu ţipari = ROMANIAN



Morgan: eels of some sort are pretty universal. If...

2010-06-13T05:43:51.104-07:00

Morgan: eels of some sort are pretty universal. If you have enough of a society to have a language, you have access to a body of water, and it probably has eels in it. Check your shower.

Hovercraft are considerably less ubiquitous than eels, but it's an easily constructed word. The French is "air-glider." The German is something like "air cushion vehicle." The Latin might be air-riding ship. And the last one, which I think is Romanian, seems to be something like "Vehicle on a something of air." I'm curious about "skeertuig." Maybe it means "gliding boat."

I love reading things in languages I don't know and making up what they say. My friend and I did that in the Louvre, "translating" out load to each other the Egyptian hieroglyphics. I'm always amused when I can read something without knowing what language it is written in.



Michael could add "not providing quiz answers...

2010-06-13T04:15:40.138-07:00

Michael could add "not providing quiz answers in a timely fashion" to his list of minor sins.



Still being patient!!! Got up in the night to pra...

2010-06-11T02:01:36.149-07:00

Still being patient!!! Got up in the night to practice more patience!!!



We're being patient! SEE? We're sitting ...

2010-06-10T09:15:32.266-07:00

We're being patient! SEE? We're sitting here being very, very PATIENT! We're not pacing around! We're not cutting and pasting to Google the obscure, nay, cruel, phrase about Hovercrafts overwhelmed by eels. P-A-T-I-E-N-T!!! Patience R Us! Gee...a little credit would be nice, a little acknowledgement of our PATIENCE and UNDERSTANDING and un-Type-A-ness. (I could go on, but I think this will do to emphasize our forebearance and good manners.)



ATTENTION! ATTENTION!! ALL THOSE LOOKING FOR THE A...

2010-06-10T08:45:40.234-07:00

ATTENTION! ATTENTION!! ALL THOSE LOOKING FOR THE ANSWERS AND WONDERING WHERE THEY ARE! READ THIS!!!

Hi ... Vice Dork Jenners here with a message from our esteemed leader, Michael5000. I have been charged to tell you (the natives) that when you are getting restless (which you might be ... we're almost 24 hours into the quiz and no answers have been posted) that Michael5000 (despite all appearances to the contrary) is off the Internet for a few days and will not be posting the answers until he can get back online. So he begs you to calm down and wait patiently. Why he couldn't have given ME the answers to post, I don't know. But my duty is not the question WHY but merely to inform you that the answers will be forthcoming and to be patient.

This has been a public service announcement from the Vice Dork of this blog.



@Aviatrix Thanks-- very helpful even though of cou...

2010-06-10T06:29:37.282-07:00

@Aviatrix
Thanks-- very helpful even though of course way too late to help the drowning...



1. Swahili 2. French 3. Romanian 4. Finnish 5. Hun...

2010-06-10T03:59:43.498-07:00

1. Swahili
2. French
3. Romanian
4. Finnish
5. Hungarian
6. Afrikaans
7. Basque
8. Czech
9. Danish
10. German
11. Bulgarian
12. Indonesian



1. Cree 2. French 3. German 4. Russian 5. Swahili ...

2010-06-09T22:07:02.791-07:00

1. Cree
2. French
3. German
4. Russian
5. Swahili
6. Hungarian
7. Basque
8. Romanian
9. Polish
10. Finnish
11. Latin
12. Indonesian

I didn't know all of these languages had words for "hovercraft" and "eels".



Here's Basque. It must be highly inflected bec...

2010-06-09T20:56:30.992-07:00

Here's Basque. It must be highly inflected because there are hardly any short words, so something else must be doing the work of prepositions and auxiliary verbs. Words begin in eu, end in vowels or n a lot, and there is a surfeit of z, k and x. I was thinking my #11 guess was wrong but "Nire" and "dago" both occur in the Basque article, I'm guessing they are "my" and "full" or "filled with" so #11 may indeed be Basque.

Here's a short sentence in Indonesian. Has k, and double-a. #1 is looking like Indonesian now.

Hmm, Swahili also has a double-a, but quite a different look.

The one short sentence with a non-native word in it is pretty challenging.



Elaine, Cree (at least in Canada) uses a different...

2010-06-09T19:45:51.536-07:00

Elaine, Cree (at least in Canada) uses a different alphabet, the same base symbols used for Inuktitut, so I knew I could rule that out. I used to live in a town that had the name of the town painted on the water in Cree. Only.

And I'm off to find out the difference between Indonesian and Basque.



Oh I'm having fun with this. Deleting all the ...

2010-06-09T19:41:17.681-07:00

Oh I'm having fun with this. Deleting all the ones that are always written in non-latin alphabets, and assigning the easy ones, I'm left with:

Afrikaans - Dutchlike, so germanic, possibly with a dose of Xhosa
Basque - IIRC is non-Indo-Eur, last survivor of extinct language group
Bulgarian - Slavic, and I think sometimes it is written with the latin alphabet and sometimes Cyrillic
Czech - Like Russian but with fewer vowels and in latin alphabet
Indonesian - I think batique is from an Indonesian word, non- I.E.
Romanian - More French than other Eastern European languages
Swahili - plurals by reduplication, pidgin grammar, look for mb ng il mi.

1. Swahili - Could be Indonesian, but mikunga just has such an African vibe
2. French - I speak it
3. German - grammar and vocab match
4. Finnish - double y, lotsa ä and k, right vowel-consonant pattern
5. Hungarian - resembles Hungarian roommate's care package labels
6. Afrikaans - It's germanic but not German
7. Czech - slavic "moi", Indo-Eur plné, only Czech could concoct vsn
8. Latin - abundat: that's the Latin third person singular
9. Polish - ł szk and rzy are the giveaways.
10. Danish - halfway between German and Norwegian
11. Basque - no indo-european hooks, like nothing I know.
12. Romanian - too much like French to be any of the other unknowns

And that's my final answer. I loved that one.



Obviously I didn't learn Indonesian...thought ...

2010-06-09T17:10:45.442-07:00

Obviously I didn't learn Indonesian...thought I would have recognised Swahili, though. Damn.



Oh dear.. 1. Feels Indonesian, it's a common l...

2010-06-09T17:04:39.162-07:00

Oh dear..
1. Feels Indonesian, it's a common language to learn here due to its proximity to Australia.
2. Damn Frenchies.
3. Luftkissenfahrzeug...kisses air...it's German, but what's the literal translation?
4. Utterly unpronouncable, maybe Finnish? Those Finns are crazy.
5. Feels Eastern European...lets go Hungarian, it's all rock and roll to me.
6. Could be Afrikaans?
7. Ouch, that's not how vowels are supposed to work...maybe Czech?
8. Latin.
9. Polish, the besat language for scrabble.
10. Scandinavian...so Danish.
11. No idea...I want Spanish but it doesn't feel right, I'll say Basque.
12. Bah, maybe this is Basque? Screw it, I'll say Bengali. If Welsh was an option I'd pick that.



1 Swahili 2 French 3 German 4 Finnish 5 Hungaria...

2010-06-09T16:31:57.083-07:00

1 Swahili
2 French
3 German
4 Finnish
5 Hungarian
6 Afrikaans
7 Czech
8 Latin
9 Polish
10 Danish
11 Basque
12 Indonesian



Oh, BTW, M5000, could you please, when giving us t...

2010-06-09T12:24:26.456-07:00

Oh, BTW, M5000, could you please, when giving us the key, explain just what clues were supposed to cue our intuitions so that we could overcome our serious lack of knowledge regarding the elements of, oh, Cree or Indonesian.

And, if your Hovercraft is full of eels, you are flying and landing incorrectly.



I'm sorry that your hovercraft is full of eels...

2010-06-09T12:19:10.373-07:00

I'm sorry that your hovercraft is full of eels!
1. kiSwahili (or just Swahili)
2. French
3. German
4. Cree
5. Basque
6. Danish
7. Czech
8. Bengali
9. Polish
10.Finnish
11.Indonesian
12.Romanian



1. Cree 2. French 3. German 4. Swahili 5. Bulgaria...

2010-06-09T12:18:06.760-07:00

1. Cree
2. French
3. German
4. Swahili
5. Bulgarian
6. Afrikaans
7. Finnish
8. Latin
9. Czech
10. Danish
11. Indonesian
12. Basque



1. Swahili 2. French 3. German 4. Finnish 5. Hunga...

2010-06-09T08:08:50.634-07:00

1. Swahili
2. French
3. German
4. Finnish
5. Hungarian
6. Afrikaans
7. Czech
8. Latin
9. Polish
10. Danish
11. Basque
12. Romanian

Thanks for the novel experience of wondering "is that Indonesian or is it Basque?"



I thought this was INSANELY hard.....until I rerea...

2010-06-09T07:49:40.377-07:00

I thought this was INSANELY hard.....until I reread the intro and saw the list of language clues. After that it just felt like doing the 15-square puzzle.



1. Bengali 2. French 3. German 4. Finnish 5. Hung...

2010-06-09T07:42:29.156-07:00

1. Bengali
2. French
3. German
4. Finnish
5. Hungarian
6. Afrikaans
7. Romanian
8. Latin
9. Polish
10. Danish
11. Basque
12. Bulgarian



What, no Estonian? Use 'em for sinimustvalge, ...

2010-06-09T06:22:29.249-07:00

What, no Estonian? Use 'em for sinimustvalge, and then forget 'em? MFN isn't what it used to be, I guess....



2 and 5, no problem - 2 is French, bien sur, and 5...

2010-06-09T05:49:15.202-07:00

2 and 5, no problem - 2 is French, bien sur, and 5 is Hungarian, and is my current blog subtitle. For the rest ... bouncy bouncy!

1. Swahili
2. French
3. German
4. Finnish
5. Hungarian
6. Afrikaans
7. Czech
8. Latin
9. Polish
10. Danish
11. Indonesian
12. Bulgarian



Allora... 1. Swahili 2. French 3. German 4. Finni...

2010-06-09T05:18:30.192-07:00

Allora...

1. Swahili
2. French
3. German
4. Finnish
5. Hungarian
6. Afrikaans
7. Czech
8. Latin
9. Polish
10. Danish
11. Indonesian
12. Romanian