Telling your Gibberish from your Swahili

by Suw on March 18, 2005

If you come across a website in a mystery language, try Linguid. Maciej Cegłowski's site is a “statistical language identifier” which requires “at least 20 characters of UTF-8 encoded text” in order to attempt to guess the language. It picks up Welsh, no problem at all.

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Anonymous March 19, 2005 at 6:16 am

Serendipity! Some guy just linked to me and I had no idea what language it was. You just saved me from writing this tool myself.
We met briefly at Northern Voice — been reading your blog ever since.
– Neil K.

Anonymous March 23, 2005 at 7:16 am

It picked up this dutch phrase as Norwegian :p
“hallo ik wil u eraan herinneren”
Bram

Anonymous March 23, 2005 at 8:26 am

Well, it is guessing!

Anonymous March 23, 2005 at 8:28 am

Hi Neil! Glad to have been of service, and glad that you're enjoying the blog! (Well, glad anyone is, really!)

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