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How to identify a language written in Roman letters

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There is a nice article about how to quickly identify any of the following languages mostly by looking at special characters: Portuguese, Romanian, Latvian, Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Turkish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, Afrikaans, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Welsh, Finnish, Estonian, Albanian, Xhosa and more

http://theweek.com/articles/617776/how-identify-language-glance

Teaser from the article:

"Many languages written using the Latin alphabet have characters or combinations of characters that are unique only to that language. If you spot them, they can give you just the tip-off you need. Here are your lucky flags for some of the languages you're most likely to encounter in print:

Ã, ã: When you see this sign of a nasalized A (as in São Paulo), you're almost certainly looking at Portuguese, especially if the language looks a lot like Spanish.

Ă, ă: This A with a cup on the top is your surest way of knowing you're looking at Romanian (unless you're looking at Vietnamese, but read on for more about that). For further confirmation, look for Ț/ț and Ș/ș (that's T and S with a comma beneath).

Ģ, ģ; Ķ, ķ; Ļ, ļ; Ņ, ņ: In case Romanian was feeling special about having that T and S with a comma, the Latvians have four letters with commas that no one else has."

2 years ago

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I'd like to add one thing for those interested: The writer claims that it's hard to tell apart Slovak and Croatian, but, in fact, if you see the letter y used frequently but no w, ř and ů, it's definitely Slovak.

Thanks for sharing the article, it was really interesting to read!

2 years ago

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I really liked this! Maybe they could write follow-ups for some of the other common alphabets.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kuah

Here is a tongue in cheek version for Asian languages.

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L·L, l·l. NY, ny. Ç,ç. When you see these characters in a sentence you are most likely reading a Catalan text.

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