Guess The Language!!!

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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by Zythros Jubi » Fri 15 Sep 2017, 17:02

Spoken in New Guinea?
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by opipik » Sun 01 Oct 2017, 14:17

shimobaatar wrote:Is it spoken on an Oceanian island?
Yes.
Zythros Jubi wrote:Spoken in New Guinea?
No.
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by shimobaatar » Sun 01 Oct 2017, 17:19

Is it spoken in Micronesia?
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by Frislander » Mon 02 Oct 2017, 23:41

Is it spoken in the Solomons?
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by opipik » Sat 28 Oct 2017, 08:40

Frislander wrote:Is it spoken in the Solomons?
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shimobaatar wrote:Is it spoken in Micronesia?
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by Frislander » Sat 28 Oct 2017, 12:14

Is it spoken in the Moluccas?
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by opipik » Sat 28 Oct 2017, 16:32

Frislander wrote:Is it spoken in the Moluccas?
No.
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by Frislander » Sat 28 Oct 2017, 18:27

Vanuatu?
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by opipik » Sat 28 Oct 2017, 19:21

Frislander wrote:Vanuatu?
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by Auvon » Sun 29 Oct 2017, 20:07

North of 16°40’ S?
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by opipik » Mon 04 Dec 2017, 19:48

I don't know.
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by shimobaatar » Mon 04 Dec 2017, 22:06

Is it spoken on Espiritu Santo?
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by OliveAnne » Mon 11 Dec 2017, 13:40

Turkish!! according to Google Translate.... [:D]
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by shimobaatar » Mon 11 Dec 2017, 17:45

OliveAnne wrote:
Mon 11 Dec 2017, 13:40
Turkish!! according to Google Translate.... [:D]
Sorry, but are you joking? It's hard to tell online.

If you're not:
Spoiler:
1. Using Google Translate is against the rules of the game.
2. It looks nothing like Turkish.
3. opipik has confirmed that it's spoken on Vanuatu.
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by opipik » Thu 14 Dec 2017, 08:58

shimobaatar wrote:
Mon 04 Dec 2017, 22:06
Is it spoken on Espiritu Santo?
No.
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by shimobaatar » Thu 14 Dec 2017, 18:28

Is it spoken on Malakula?
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by OliveAnne » Fri 15 Dec 2017, 09:15

shimobaatar wrote:
Mon 11 Dec 2017, 17:45
OliveAnne wrote:
Mon 11 Dec 2017, 13:40
Turkish!! according to Google Translate.... [:D]
Sorry, but are you joking? It's hard to tell online.

If you're not:
Spoiler:
1. Using Google Translate is against the rules of the game.
2. It looks nothing like Turkish.
3. opipik has confirmed that it's spoken on Vanuatu.
Oh...sorry for that, I didn't read the rule before playing the game, I thought Google Translate is allowed, and I also didn't read opipik's comment above as well. Sorry I was too fast [:S] [:S]
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by Frislander » Fri 15 Dec 2017, 15:45

OliveAnne wrote:
Fri 15 Dec 2017, 09:15
Oh...sorry for that, I didn't read the rule before playing the game, I thought Google Translate is allowed, and I also didn't read opipik's comment above as well. Sorry I was too fast [:S] [:S]
Well It's kind of a trivial rule really because nobody's going to post a language if it's so commonly known that you can Google Translate it, it's just not obscure enough.
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by OliveAnne » Fri 15 Dec 2017, 15:55

Frislander wrote:
Fri 15 Dec 2017, 15:45
OliveAnne wrote:
Fri 15 Dec 2017, 09:15
Oh...sorry for that, I didn't read the rule before playing the game, I thought Google Translate is allowed, and I also didn't read opipik's comment above as well. Sorry I was too fast [:S] [:S]
Well It's kind of a trivial rule really because nobody's going to post a language if it's so commonly known that you can Google Translate it, it's just not obscure enough.
Well I said I was too fast and didn't really think. But if nobody's going to post a language that Google Translate can recognize, then using GT doesn't help anyway, why is it a rule for not to use?
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Re: Guess The Language!!!

Post by shimobaatar » Sat 16 Dec 2017, 05:41

It's fine to not know the rules at the start, since the thread was started by a now inactive user, meaning we can't add the rules to the OP.

I should have phrased the rule I cited better. The rule is against looking up the text or a portion of it using a search engine, including searching the text on Google or putting it through Google Translate. I don't know if it still does this, but I remember at least a few years ago, Google Translate could still identify languages that it wasn't yet able to translate to or from. Frislander's right, though. Most of the languages people post in this thread are probably too obscure to be identified like that. The game would be too easy if people were allowed to just look up the text. (We had problems in the past with a user guessing correctly right away every round because they just copied and pasted the text into Google… although they wouldn't admit it.)

And yeah, it's always good to read what other people have already guessed.
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