I'd like to recognize more languages
May 19, 2010 9:44 PM Subscribe
Okay, so I was waiting at the train station and I realized that two people a short distance away were speaking in a language I didn't recognize. And it got me thinking. I can probably recognize fewer then 10 languages by ear (note this doesn't necessarily mean I can understand what's being said, just that I know what language it's in). I'd like to be able to recognize many, many languages so when I hear people talking I'll know what language they're speaking even though I won't have a clue what they're actually saying.
posted by Deathalicious to Writing & Language (20 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not even sure how I would go about doing this. I can recognize English (obviously), French, Colloquial Egyptian, Modern Standard Arabic, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese (probably), Russian (probably, although I might mistake it with Ukrainian and similar Slavic languages), Hebrew, maybe a couple of others.