Today I wrote the first round of the quite unusual Olympic. It was The Moscow Linguistic Olympic. I think it could be very interesting for a lot of Italki users who like to study languages and to learn everything about them!
Well, this Olympic isn't about your knowledge of the foreign language exactly. It is about how you can decipher and understand the structure of the languages you don't know or even which you haven't heard about! To do this, the organizers always use the very exotic (for Russia), unpopular for studying, unusual or even dead languages. For example, today I had some tasks with such languages like Miya language (it is used by approximately 50000 people from Nigeria🇳🇬), Fula language (it is from the West African countries like Niger🇳🇪, Nigeria🇳🇬 and Chad🇷🇴), Shughni language (it is used by approximately 100000 people from Tajikistan🇹🇯 and Afghanistan🇦🇫), Barbareno language (it was used in the South of California in the USA🇺🇸 until it died in 1965) and Indonesian (you know, it is one of the most popular languages in the world from Indonesia🇮🇩). So, the most usual task in this Olympic is the exercise where you have some sentences or phrases of one of the languages with the russian translations and then you have to understand the rules, regularities and translate other sentences independent. For me it is very interesting! And also, during this Olympic, you learn more about some languages and even about ones which you haven't heard about. I think it's cool!
And what do you think about it? Would you like take part in this Olympic? :)
PS: There is a cover of the book with the exercises from the last year final round of 'The Moscow Linguistic Olympic'.