Language quiz

Can you work out which language the following words are in, what they mean, and/or which is the odd one out?

Language quiz 02/02/08

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0 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Dreaminjosh says:

    I’m going to say it’s Lithuanian simply because that’s the only language I can remember seeing that has dotted E. As for what it says, I haven’t a clue.

  2. Dreaminjosh says:

    Wait a sec, is this a menu?

  3. Simon says:

    They are all items you might find on a menu.

  4. Yes, I also though Lithuanian when I saw this, because of the ogoneks and macrons – I hadn’t noticed the dotted E from seeing written Lithuanian in the past, but it seems indeed to be a more reliable indicator.

    Googling for the words, it’s easy to find pictures, meanings and even recipes, although “sīpolsitenis kupāti” seems to be Latvian, and not Lithuanian, for “onion sausage” (but I can’t be sure since my knowledge of both languages is zero).

    Is “šaltibarščiai” the odd one out?

  5. pittmirg says:

    It looks like Lithuanian. “Sīpolsitenis kupāti” is odd because Lithuanian alphabet doesn’t have and (i with macron, a with macron). The words are apparently names of Lithuanian dishes: vėdarai ‘potato sausages’, koldūnai ‘dumplings’, šaltibarščiai ‘cold beet soup’ etc.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuanian_cuisine

  6. prase says:

    So “Sīpolsitenis kupāti” may be Latvian. Others are surely Lithuanian, included the last two, which have no “non-Latvian” diacritics, but the plural ending -ai is not common in Latvian contrary to Lithuanian.

  7. prase says:

    I meant “last three” instead of “last two” in my comment, of course.

  8. Simon says:

    The answer is: they are all Lithuanian, with the exception of the third one, which is Latvian and therefore the odd one out.

    These are apparently typical Lithuanian dishes:

    1. Fried port pork guts stuffed with mashed potato
    2. Potato pancakes stuffed with minced meat
    3. Sausages with onions
    4. Lithuanian ravioli
    5. Mashed potato dumplings filled with minced pork
    6. Cold beetroot soup

  9. Alix says:

    Delicious! :) But surely one can’t fry port (the wine)? Though that might be interesting if one could. Sorry for the minor quibble–I’ve just discovered this website and am totally enjoying the quizzes. Which I’m doing very badly at, but hey! they’re so fun…