Spot the Language September 23, 2017

Here is a good one. What language is this? I probably ought to give you a huge clue and point out that this is the Romanization orthography of the language and the vast majority of the time, this language is not written with this Roman orthography.

Shànliáng, wēnróu, dúlì, lèguān, rèqíng, làngmàn, zhōngchéng. Shòuguò liánghǎo jiàoyù, xǐhuān tànsuǒ wèizhī shìjiè. Xǐhuān zìrán de dōngxī. Xǐhuān yīnyuè, yuèdú, xǐhuān pēngrèn měishí, xǐhuān lǚxíng, rè’ài jiātíng, jùyǒu chuántǒng de jiàzhíguān, zérèn xīn. Yǒu fēngfù de rénshēng yuèlì hé jiāndìng de xìnyǎng, wéirén zhōnghòu, kuānróng. Lái dào měiguó jiāngjìn 2 nián, yǐ huòdé lǜkǎ. Zài zhōngguó cóngshì jiàoyù gōngzuò 25 nián, jiàoshòu zhōngguó wénxué. Yǒuyī nánhái, dàxué bìyè, zài zhōngguó gōngzuò.

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5 responses to “Spot the Language September 23, 2017

  1. jeremy wong

    mandarin chinese

  2. James Schipper

    It has to be Chinese or a language related to it. Where you wrote chuánto ng, shouldn’t it be chuan tong? It certainly isn’t Vietnamese because they always use the Latin alphabet. Moreover, Vietnamese is the only language in which vowels can have 2 diacritical marks, one to change the pronunciation of the vowel, as with the German Umlaut, and one to indicate the tone. Examples: ử ở ẳ ẩ ể ổ. There are 30 such letters with 2 marks on them.

  3. James Schipper

    Pinyin has 4 tone marks: ā ˇa á à. The Canadian Multilingual Standard keyboard has all of them. Unfortunately, the hachek only works for consonants, as in š č ž ř, and one vowel: ě. The Canadian Multilingual Standard keyboard was developed only for European languages. The United States International keyboard is very convenient, but it works only for West European languages.

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