Identify the Language on the World Map

18 languages are highlighted on the map below. Can you correctly identify each one, based on a translated line of text?
All languages have been romanised, so that you can read them
Three words and their translations are highlighted throughout all languages, to give you a clue!
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Quiz by Jiaozira
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Last updated: June 28, 2022
First submittedNovember 6, 2021
Times taken6,664
Average score72.2%
Rating4.98
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Al-bariha dhahaba 'iilaa wazifatih libina'i sayaaratin hamraa'a.
Ayer fue a su trabajo para construir un auto rojo.
Dün kırmızı bir araba yapmak için işine gitti.
Eilen hän meni työpaikalleen rakentamaan punaista autoa.
Eoje geuneun ppalgan chaleul mandeulgi wihae jigjang-e gassda.
Gestern ging er zu seiner Arbeit, um ein rotes Auto zu bauen.
Gisteren ging hij naar zijn werk om een rode auto te bouwen.
Hier, il est allé à son travail pour construire une voiture rouge.
Í gær fór hann í vinnuna sína að smíða rauðan bíl.
I nehinei ua hele ʻo ia i kāna hana e hana i kaʻa ʻulaʻula.
Ieri è andato al suo lavoro per costruire una macchina rossa.
Jana alienda kazini kwake kujenga gari jekundu.
Kal voh laal rang ki gaadi banaane apne kaam par gaya tha.
Kinō kare wa akai kuruma o tsukuru tame ni shigoto ni ikimashita.
Vchera on poshel na rabotu, chtoby postroit' krasnuyu mashinu.
Wczoraj poszedł do swojej pracy, aby zbudować czerwony samochód.
Yesterday, he went to his job to build a red car.
Zuótiān tā qù shàngbān qù zào yī liàng hóngsè de qìchē.
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Level 68
Nov 6, 2021
I know that some people prefer the languages to be in their original script, but I have given the romanised versions so you can compare each and every language's words/imagine how they might sound.

I also chose three words to highlight. In retrospect, it would have been nice to highlight a verb so that you can appreciate the sentence structure better (i.e. SVO vs SOV languages).

Also, I had to get rid of the Americas so that the map could fit better (sorry!)

Hope you enjoy, and let me know if you spot any translation errors or if you need more time!

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Level 68
Jun 27, 2022
In case you want more of a challenge :)

Identify the Highlighted Language on the World Map #2

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Level 56
Nov 6, 2021
Cool! 10/18, missing Arabic, Russian, German, Dutch, the Indian Language, the African Language, Turkish, and Finnish. I got Icelandic from spamming one answer after I did all the ones I could easily guess.
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Level 68
Nov 7, 2021
Thank you! It can be really hard to guess some of these. I fin it helpful to look for clues (i.e. the digraph ij is chiefly Dutch). 10 is a great score though :)
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Level 73
Nov 7, 2021
Awesome, certainly feature-worthy
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Level 68
Nov 7, 2021
Thank you Bread!
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Level 81
Nov 7, 2021
Great quiz, nominated. I think adding more time wouldn't do any harm as there are a few languages to compare and it's not a text quiz where you can try multiple answers.
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Level 68
Nov 7, 2021
Thanks Overtired, I will add a couple more minutes! Everyone should have enough time to look over each answer in detail.
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Level 43
Feb 18, 2022
It took me 1:57 min on my first try to identify all 18.
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Level 63
Nov 7, 2021
Great quiz. Nominated.

Also you can substitute "gaadi" for "car" in Hindi.

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Level 62
Nov 7, 2021
I agree. गाड़ी means any type of vehicle, but in general parlance it usually refers to a car or an SUV. Great quiz nonetheless! :)
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Level 68
Nov 7, 2021
Google Translate originally gave me 'kaar' which I changed to 'car'. I agree though that 'gaadi' is probably a better word choice.

Thanks for the nomination!

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Level 61
Nov 7, 2021
nommed! just remind you. shang ban means "going to work", it is a verb, not a noun like "job". by the way, taiwan use mandarin too.
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Level 68
Nov 7, 2021
That one was tricky, since no word in the sentence corresponded. In the end I ended up highlighted the verb but I am open to changing it if you or anyone else has a suggestion! (Also leaving Taiwan out was a mistake on my end)

Thanks for the nomination :D

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Level 61
Nov 8, 2021
oh i understand you didnt highlight taiwan because the flag
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Level 68
Nov 8, 2021
Not exactly, just forgot! Flags are just there for visual help (i.e. the German flag covers Austria and most of Switzerland).
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Level 70
Nov 7, 2021
Nice quiz! Perhaps somewhat embarrassingly, the only one I missed was Hindi :P
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Level 68
Nov 7, 2021
Thank you! Hindi can be a hard one to guess, especially since the example sentence doesn't contain many aspirated consonants (which I feel is probably the defining feature of Hindi).
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Level 36
Nov 7, 2021
Nominated for sure! Amazing work from you! Sadly no Portuguese ;-; lol
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Level 68
Nov 7, 2021
Thank you MG17! There were already enough Romance languages, but don't worry, I have plans to include Portuguese in a sequel version :D
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Level 36
Nov 7, 2021
Don’t worry! And you can’t call me MG btw :)
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Level 68
Nov 7, 2021
Cool, sounds good MG!
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Level 56
Nov 7, 2021
Wow, great quiz! Nominated!
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Level 68
Nov 8, 2021
Thank you for the support!
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Level 72
Nov 8, 2021
Another excellent quiz
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Level 68
Nov 8, 2021
Many thanks :D
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Level 65
Nov 8, 2021
Amazing!
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Level 68
Nov 9, 2021
Thank you!
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Level 65
Nov 10, 2021
Cool concept! I saw a word starting with "dh" and assumed it had to be Hindi. Oops.
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Level 68
Nov 11, 2021
Thank you! I imagine a lot of people will confuse Arabic and Hindi (or Swahili and Hindi).
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Level 68
Mar 25, 2022
On a side note, traditionally that 'dh' sound (ذ) in Arabic is pronounced the same as English 'th' (as in father) although in many dialects it sounds like English 'd' or 'z'. Many Indo-Aryan languages distinguish regular stop consonants with breathy/aspirated stop consonants which is why you will see 'ph', 'dh', 'th', 'bh' when people write Hindi in the Latin script.

It's a shame my Hindi example didn't incorperate this!

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Level 68
Nov 13, 2021
Thank you for the spotlight, cheers :D
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Level 71
Nov 13, 2021
Nominated :)
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Level 68
Nov 13, 2021
much appreciated! :D
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Level 75
Nov 13, 2021
Nice! Nominated. Pleased to get all of them because the final 6 were a bit tricky.
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Level 68
Nov 14, 2021
Thank you for the nomination :)

Outside of a few easier guesses, like French or German, a quiz format like this gets very hard, very fast!

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Level 69
Feb 13, 2022
excellent quiz, lots of fun.

would appreciate one more minute still.

also, the blue colour highlighting the equivalents of 'yesterday' is a bit hard to see in dark mode, although i don't know what you could pick that would be better. the pink and the red are fine

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Level 68
Feb 13, 2022
Thank you! I always appreciate feedback. I tinkered with the colour a little, and I think I found a good compromise which is legible in both modes. I also added some more time :)
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Level 61
Feb 18, 2022
All correct on the first go :) Great quiz!
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Level 68
Feb 18, 2022
Well done, thanks for playing :D
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Level 47
Apr 13, 2022
Great quiz, would've been better if they were all in original script
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Level 68
Apr 13, 2022
Thank you! The reason I don't do that is because there are plenty of quizzes on Jetpunk where you guess the script. The Romanisation gives everyone a chance to figure out (or at least guess) what each language could sound like on a level playing field and make deductions from there.
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Level 49
Apr 24, 2022
very interesting quiz, though for arabic i think "Albariha thahaba 'ilaa wadhifatihi libina'i sayaaratin hamraa'a" is more accurate, though ask 3 people to romanize the same sentence in arabic and you get 4 different answers lol.
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Level 68
Apr 25, 2022
That is very true hahaha, this is why it is so much better to write Arabic in the original Arabic script. I changed my sentence by the way, thanks for the translation :)
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Level 65
Apr 28, 2022
Only 4? In Telugu if you ask 2 people you'll get about 40 probably.
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Level 69
Apr 28, 2022
I think you made the right decision to provide all languages in Latin script- otherwise some languages would be too easy to guess just based on the script alone!
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Level 68
Apr 29, 2022
Yes it certainly would change the dynamic of the quiz. Also, it then becomes unfair to multiple languages with the same script without it becoming a guessing game for a majority of quiztakers! :)
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Level 60
Apr 28, 2022
Got them all but it was tricky. It would've been too easy with the right script but like this it was more challenging. just how i like it
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Level 78
Jun 27, 2022
Phenomenal quiz! I really enjoyed it, and hope that there are more like this in the future!
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Level 68
Jun 27, 2022
Thank you! I made a sequel which I pinned in the grey comment above :D

I won't make any more in this series, as it is getting too difficult. I may make more specialised versions by continent however.

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Level 84
Jun 27, 2022
English, the Romance languages, and the East Asian languages I got easily. German/Dutch and Russian/Polish were 50-50 shots. The rest was educated guesses. With a little luck, I managed to pull out a 100% Nice quiz!
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Level 68
Jun 27, 2022
Thank you, educated guesses and some luck ought to do it :)
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Level 86
Jun 27, 2022
Fun quiz. I think I would have done better had the translations not been romanised, I'm more used to seeing most of these languages in their own texts.
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Level 85
Jun 27, 2022
Awesome quiz, thank you, @Jiaozira! I can only imagine how much work you put into making it. 😊
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Level 68
Jun 27, 2022
Thank you for playing :D

I made the baseline map for another quiz which didn't get released, so this was a good way to recycle that.

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Level 56
Jun 27, 2022
Lovely quiz. It was so hard to tell Chinese and Korean apart so I went on a whim and luckily got them right :D
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Level 83
Jun 27, 2022
Just remember Chinese has the tone markers.
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Level 68
Jun 27, 2022
A strategy I recommend is to look for patterns in the letters and match it up to cities from that language.

For example the Korean writing has lots of 'eu's and this reminds me of names like Seoul. I find this helps with unfamiliar languages.

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Level 56
Jul 22, 2022
Good thinking
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Level 78
Jun 27, 2022
I rarely just comment for compliments, but I really enjoyed this one!
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Level 68
Jun 27, 2022
I'm really glad to hear that, thanks for playing :D
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Level 83
Jun 27, 2022
Hôm qua anh ây đã đi làm để chế tạo một chiếc ô tô màu đỏ.
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Level 74
Jun 28, 2022
I think a better German translation would be "zu seiner Arbeit" instead of "zu seinem Job". "job" is not wrong, but there's a slight difference in usage, and I think "Arbeit" would be more accurate in this case. Source: I'm German.
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Level 68
Jun 28, 2022
Got it, I've updated the translation. Thanks for the heads up!
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Level 76
Jun 28, 2022
Great idea and implementation, thank you! The highlighting of words is particularly nice. Interesting, that "yesterday" comes at the beginning in all languages.
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Level 68
Jun 28, 2022
Thanks for playing :D

I chose to highlight some of the words, in order to ground people in their detective work.

The words can be moved around in many (perhaps all) of these languages, although some languages are more flexible with this than others.

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Level 73
Jun 28, 2022
This was awesome! I hope we see more :)
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Level 68
Jun 28, 2022
Thank you! I made a sequel in the pinned comment above :)
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Level 69
Jun 28, 2022
Awesome quiz! 18/18 first try, Geoguessr skills came in handy haha
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Level 68
Jun 29, 2022
Haha this brings back nightmares trying to distinguish Croatian and Czech in the last seconds of a competitive game :)
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Level 65
Jun 29, 2022
I have no idea how I got 18/18 on the 1st try with 4:33 secs left!
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Level 76
Jul 4, 2022
Very nice quiz. Need to try the sequel right away!
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Level 56
Aug 9, 2022
How 5% got english wrong? The whole quiz is in english!