The Versus Series

Hello Everyone, I thought that I'd make a series called, "the versus challenge". I want to know what you guys think and I need you to help me.

First of all, you're probably wondering what does this mean? These series is going to be based on languages and it's going to be like a fight. We are going to make two languages "fight" against each other. Once the series begins we are going to make new discussions like Spanish vs. French or whatever. Then, you are going to vote which one you thought sounded better.

Right now for this discussion I need your help! I want you guys to write in the comments a list of the languages you want to see fight against each other. So, here's an example of a list that we're looking for:

  1. English vs. German
  2. Spanish vs. Portuguese
  3. French vs. Japanese etc.

That's it for now, Give as many "versus" as you can and we will see what will happen next. Thanks!


Welcome to the Versus Challenge! Thank you so much for all of you who helped me. If you guys click the link, it will take you to the tournament on what this series is based on. This isn't official yet so let me know if you guys agree with these combinations?


  1. English vs German:
  2. Irish vs. Scottish:
  3. Swedish vs. Norwegian:
  4. Danish vs. Icelandic:
  5. Dutch vs. Afrikaans:
  6. Russian vs. Ukrainian:
  7. Polish vs. Czech:
  8. Bulgarian vs. Macedonian:
  9. Slovenian vs. Slovak:
  10. Chinese vs. Japanese:
  11. Korean vs. Thai:
  12. Finnish vs. Estonian:
  13. Hungarian vs. Romanian:
  14. Italian vs. French:
  15. Spanish vs. Catalan:
  16. Brazilian Portuguese vs. European Portuguese:
  17. Hebrew vs. Arabic:
  18. Latin vs. Greek:
  19. Turkish vs. Armenian:
  20. Hawaiian vs. Maori:
  21. Hindi vs. Bengali vs. Aramaic:
  22. High Valyrian vs. Esperanto vs. Klingon:
November 8, 2017


Oh this sounds like fun!! I can't wait to see this happen. Quick question is like a language tournament to see who wins in the end? Anyways, the languages I want see in the versus challenge are:

  1. Romanian vs. Italian
  2. Russian vs. Polish
  3. Chinese vs. Japanese
  4. Spanish vs. Catalan
  5. Greek vs Albanian
  6. French vs. Portuguese
  7. Hindi vs. Bengali
  8. Hungarian vs. Finnish
  9. Lithuanian vs. Estonian
  10. Dutch vs. Swedish
  11. Hawaiian vs. Moari
  12. Hebrew vs. Yiddish
  13. Irish vs Scottish
  14. Armenian vs. Turkish
  15. Korean vs. Thai

I'll come up with more later but what do you think so far?

November 8, 2017


Hello everyone! There is a new UPDATE so please check that out! Reply to this comment and tell me if I should change the arrangements?

I would like to mention that not all the "versus" are on the tournament chart because there wasn't enough room. So, here are the extra ones that aren't on the chart:

  1. Swahili vs. Zulu
  2. Finnish vs. Estonian
  3. Dutch vs. Afrikaans
  4. Bulgarian vs. Macedonian
  5. Hindi vs. Bengali vs. Amharic
  6. High Valyrian vs. Esperanto vs. Klingon

Let me know if I'm missing any languages that were mentioned in this discussion. Thanks!

November 10, 2017

Remember guys! I'll be posting the links to the new challenges here everyday. You can find them at the top in the discussion under Update in section Challenges :)

November 22, 2017

SamuelCristea, please beware of "animelovebird". I did a reverse image search of her profile picture, and it is NOT animelovebird's. I would advise not making further contact with "her".

April 23, 2018

French vs. Hungrarian

Czech vs. Irish

Sweedish vs. Finnish

Latin vs. Finnish

November 8, 2017

This sounds like Epic Rap battles for languages without reading into what you say to closely at first. One thing that always comes up for me—and it makes me really bugged some times—is Latin American Spanish (of course, very broad) versus Spain Spanish.

November 8, 2017

Oh and Hebrew vs. Arabic

November 8, 2017


November 8, 2017

I don't think its totally a classic, and I also don't know what Sam means by a fight. But hey! There is an Arab Israeli conflict going on so maybe this combo fits in. I bet a lot of people think of it like a classic, but I don't think Hebrew and Arabic have been in polar positions historically (and I am not saying they are now. They are just languages that different groups happen to speak, and then there are a whole lot of details that are like waaaaayyyyy to much for a place like this. So I'll leave this here). They actual have similar roots and there a structural similarities and some vocab similarities from what I have seen so far. But I thought in general this was a make-sense suggestion, and we will see what the heck this thing is that Sam has an idea for. Hopefully its good, and my expectations for Sams stuff have typically been pretty good. So like I said, we will see.

November 8, 2017

Would love to see what happens NEXT.

November 8, 2017

English vs. Korean

English vs. German

Chinese vs. Korean

By the way, I think this is a really neat idea!

November 8, 2017

I would love to see Japanese vs. Korean and French vs. German (or Romanian). I don't know exactly what you mean by "fight", but I like the idea of this challenge. It seems interesting!

November 8, 2017

Chinese vs. Japanese

Russian vs. Ukrainian

Norwegian vs. Danish

Welsh vs. Irish

German vs. Dutch

Catalan vs. Spanish

High Valyrian vs. Esperanto

Romanian vs. Portuguese

Greek vs Turkish

Polish vs. Czech

November 8, 2017
  1. German vs. Luxembourgish
  2. Finnish vs. Estonian
  3. Russian vs. Ukrainian
  4. Spanish vs. Catalan
  5. Turkish vs. Azerbaijani
  6. Hindi vs. Bengali
  7. English vs. Dutch
  8. Swedish vs. Norwegian
  9. Icelandic vs. Faroese
  10. Bulgarian vs. Macedonian
  11. Scottish Gaelic vs. Irish Gaelic
November 8, 2017
  1. Russian vs. Ukrainian would be interesting both on political and linguistic fronts.
  2. French vs. English: the battle of the two lingua francas.
  3. Danish vs. Swedish
  4. Classical Arabic vs Biblical Hebrew. And those two languages against their modern counterparts?
  5. Latin vs. Ancient Greek
  6. I know people are pitting Armenian vs. Turkish and Turkish vs. Greek. Why not Armenian vs. Turkish vs. Greek?
  7. Chinese vs. Arabic: Both have dialects in which, despite sharing a similar writing system, are not that intelligible. Plus more relevant languages for the future haha.
  8. Romanian vs. Hungarian
  9. Danish vs. Icelandic
  10. Amharic vs. Hindi: I wanted to put Amharic here somewhere; the choice for Hindi as an opponent is their use of different forms of the abugida writing system, and their connections to liturgical languages in their societies.
  11. Finnish vs. Russian
  12. Czech vs. Polish
  13. Swahili vs. Zulu
  14. French vs. Haitian Creole (despite their intrinsic similarities)
  15. Mongolian vs. Korean
  16. Nepali vs. Tibetan
November 8, 2017

7—for arabic, it depends on which Dialect. Like because of a lot of media being in MuSrii (egyptian dialect), a lot of people can understand that. Its not as if people can't understand eachother, but there are examples of the countrary. I know some people in Iraq that tell me DariJa (Morrocan) is really hard for them to understand because it is fast, different, there are french words in it. But its not like someone from Egypt goes to Jordan and can understand nooo Shamii. It depends, and its not just that they are not that inteligable.

November 8, 2017

1Catalan vs Spanish 2 French vs dutch 3 Flemish vs dutch from the Netherlands 4Ancient greek vs Latin 5German vs Polish 6 English vs Frisian.

November 8, 2017

Chinese vs. Korean Cause these two sometimes sounds alike but are completely different in written form.

November 8, 2017

Dutch vs Spanish, Welsh vs Turkish, Japanese vs Korean, German vs French, Catalan vs Hebrew, High Valyrian vs English

November 8, 2017

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    I love to see German vs. English!!!

    November 8, 2017

    Kabardian vs Adyghe. Battle of the year :kappa:. I'll list more tomorrow; it's time for bed.

    November 8, 2017

    What a neat idea!

    How about. . . .

    1. Dutch vs Afrikaans

    2. Norwegian vs Swedish

    3. Russian vs Romanian

    4. Irish vs Icelandic

    5. French vs Italian

    November 8, 2017

    I'm having a difficult time finding all the Versus competitions. Do you think maybe on this discussion, you could add links to all of them? Thanks!

    November 17, 2017

    Oh yes I will do that!

    November 17, 2017

    Hello el.loui! I just posted the links of the challenges I made so far in this discussion. You're welcome!

    November 17, 2017

    Thank you for your Versus Series. I wondered whether you have considered placing on your Profile Page: The Versus Series with a link that contains all of your competitions. That way, it would be easy to locate the various language lineups. Again, thank you for your work! :)

    November 26, 2017

    I'm so sorry for the late response but that is a wonderful idea! Thank you for telling me that!!!

    November 27, 2017

    Salut, Samuel. Ce ai mai făcut?

    December 21, 2017

    Salut Rodrigo! Ce mai faci? Nu te-am mai vorbit cu tine de mult. Totul e bine, tocmai invat aici pe duolingo si intotdeauna privesc la pagina de discutii si fac si eu discutii. In afara de duolingo, inca cant cu trupa mea. In prezent, noi lucram pe primul nostru album original. As dori sa-ti arat un videoclip nou care noi l-am facut:

    Deci, asta este ce am mai facut dar vreau sa stiu ce faci tu? Cum e viata, ce s-a intamplat cu tine?

    December 21, 2017

    It seems OK.

    However, all languages are equally wonderful and should be treated the same. I don't think we should organize competitions for which languages are 'better' than others in sound or looks or whatever. That wouldn't be a good idea. Plus, what are you doing to do with the data you get, anyway? Otherwise, it is pointless to have matches and have results, "Oh, a lot of people think L1 is better than L2. Guys, L1 is great!!! WOOHOO! L1 WON!!!" And then many people think L1 is better.

    I'm not being offensive or anything, but this could put pressure on people and result in unfair results. Some people may be influenced. The data isn't going anywhere either, and it would result in protest and anger when we find out that one language is the "Champion" and so must be the "BEST" because it is the most liked.

    November 10, 2017

    I see what you are saying but this Series is mostly to have fun and talk. Think of it as a beauty pageant, each language is beautiful in their own way but some people like that language and others like the other language.

    November 10, 2017

    wow like the word hunger games

    March 22, 2018

    Exactly! Haha

    March 22, 2018

    yeh that's the point ;)

    March 22, 2018

    High Valyrian VS. Klingon, Romanian VS. Italian, Japanese VS. Korean, and Spanish VS. Catalan if you're accepting suggestions :)

    November 21, 2017
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