Babel bubbles

A lovely (if hardly comprehensive) graph inspired by a question from Language Log reader Yuval Pinter: “When an English speaker doesn’t understand a word one says, it’s ‘Greek to me.’ When a Hebrew speaker encounters this difficulty, it ‘sounds like Chinese.’ I’ve been told the Korean equivalent is ‘sounds like Hebrew.'”


from “The directed graph of stereotypical incomprehensibility,” by Mark Liberman, Language Log, 15 January 2009 :: via Strange Maps

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