750 on first try. Central and southeast Asia was my downfall. I noticed I identify languages on their intonation. Once when I had to pick between Croatian and Czech (and some other non-Slavic languages) I picked based on how little I understood. Croatian is closer to Russian than Czech.
Yeah, when it's a language hard for me to identify it's hard to guess. Plus if it's a variation of Chinese that i can easily identify, I wonder is it really Mandarin/Cantonese or is one of these things I don't know one of the other dialects.
Also I'm not getting better the more I play. In fact I haven't gotten above 500 since that first try.
I managed 500 in the second go, apparently I can do Nordic and Slavic quite ok (my native Latvian being in between the two), and the Western European ones (because of my foreign language skills and travel). But oh dear, when it comes to Indian or African languages I am completely lost!
Their Norwegian and Danish sound a little off to me. It's like they're a little too fast and their intonation is not as up and down as a scandinavian language should be. Maybe it's just a dialect I haven't heard before though.
Reviving an old thread, but...I'm procrastinating.
I got 450, then 750, then 450 again. I can recognize Portuguese, since it sounds like a cross between Spanish and French, and Haitian because of the recognizably French words. Also, Turkish, Uzbek, Ossetian, and Urdu because I could recognize Arabic words or names. Ukranian sounds like Russian to me, and I can mostly tell the difference between Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese by the sound. The rest were just guesses ...
I was bummed I didn't get any Arabic any of the times I played, though.
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Nellie: Adam - will watch the video as soon as I can (living circumstances not permitting right now - we are still in temp accommodation and I can't turn on volume) - looking forward to it!
Sept 22, 2017 5:56:44 GMT 9
Mayken: Skyping with grandma last night had to be cancelled due to technological problems - I needed to talk my mom through a Skype update and her phone battery died. :-(
Sept 25, 2017 20:45:42 GMT 9
Joanna: sorry Mayken...this is sad but funny as I'm sure many skype Grandparents have the same woes !(mine..) For us this weekend: potty training has led to great quality time reading and chatting, and some pretty hilarious ml questions
Sept 26, 2017 6:20:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Joanna, I can relate! My mother (Grandma) can't seem to get the sound on her computer working so when we Skype, we also have to use the telephone!
Sept 26, 2017 6:36:03 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam, and Joanna, it's good to know we're not alone in this!
Sept 27, 2017 2:46:28 GMT 9
Joanna: Planning a long Christmas minority language visit, so exciting!
Sept 30, 2017 14:46:01 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! Skype is working again on my mom's tablet, meaning we can skype with ml grandma again!
Oct 2, 2017 23:12:24 GMT 9
Mayken: The other day my mom (monolingual ml) called while my daughter and I were out, so Daddy (monolingual ML) answered. My mom was amazed to find out he isn't monolingual ML any more after all, and praised his active ml ability.
Oct 3, 2017 23:28:39 GMT 9
Joanna: For each day my daughter is exposed to other people speaking English (here in France) I put a little star on the calendar...trying to fill it up!
Oct 8, 2017 3:52:17 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice motivating idea, Joanna! And Mayken, thanks for sharing your good news on two fronts!
Oct 9, 2017 7:11:50 GMT 9
Marisa: My daughter won't say number one in Spanish or English, but in German! She loves recognizing the number and saying it out loud... it sounds more like the word 'ice' in English, though, but it's 'eins.' Number 9, however, is 'nueve'. So funny!
Oct 11, 2017 10:33:45 GMT 9
Mayken: My dad's giving Adam's book to his Lithuanian friend's daughter, whose husband is sceptical about their little girl learning German.
Oct 14, 2017 21:10:20 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, thank you for sharing my book! I hope it can be helpful to them!
Oct 16, 2017 15:57:32 GMT 9
Marisa: Adam, another bilingual monkey is about to be born near me (one of my colleagues is giving birth tomorrow), so I also got her and her husband a copy of your book... this world needs more bilingual kids!
Oct 18, 2017 0:06:43 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Many thanks, Marisa! In my humble opinion, more bilingual kids = more empathy in the world = a more peaceful planet.
Oct 18, 2017 7:33:04 GMT 9