# Trivial cipher + some linguistics

I think that the title says enough. I would like to apologise for probable mistakes, but I hope I did not do them in the cipher and they should not matter much in the second part.

What does it mean?:

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• Is this your own cipher, or did you get it from somewhere? – Mithrandir Aug 7 '16 at 11:35
• Rather my own, but the cipher part is too trivial to be original. – BartekChom Aug 7 '16 at 11:37
• Could we know what language this is in? – Runemoro Aug 7 '16 at 14:44
• This is the second part. Well known language, but written in a nonstandard way. – BartekChom Aug 7 '16 at 15:41

It's a

german text:
Replace each number with the corresponding greek letter (1 = $\alpha$, 2 = $\beta$, ...) and write down their transcription. Furthermore, underscores can be replaced by space and the diamond signals an upper case letter. (Thanks to @MOehm for the hint with the greek letters and the diamond)

You'll end up with this text

das ist Deutschˌ¿wissen Sie?* leute sprechen Deutsch in Deutschland(und in Oesterreichˌund auch in:Schweizzˌund Luksenburg)*ich offe˛dass Sie versteen das*ich benuzze das Griechische alphabet mit meiner eigenen ortographie und interpunktion*ich spreche Deutsch nicht ser gutˌaber das ist die bekannteste sprache in der welt˛die ich mag*ich offe˛dass ich nicht zu viele feler gemacht eabe⁂die tiere sind zum beispiel:maeuserˌkazzenˌundeˌkueeˌund werde⁂am ende ein weinachts-lied(die ich nicht ganz versve)⁑¡stille nachtˌeilige nacht!*//alles schlaeftˌeinsam wacht//nur das traute och-eilige par*//older Knabe im lokkigen ar//:schlaf in immlischer ruˌ//schlaf in immlischer ru*////¡stille nachtˌeilige nacht!*//Gottes Son˛o,wie lacht//lieb' aus Deinem Goettlichen mundˌ//da schlaegt uns die rettende stund'*//¡Christ in Deiner geburt!*//¡Christ in Deiner geburt!*////¡stille nachtˌeilige nacht!;//˛die:der elt eil gebrachtˌ//aus des immels goldenen oen//uns der gnaden fuelle laesst se'n//:Iesus in menschen-gestaltˌ//Iesus in menschen-gestalt*////¡stille nachtˌeilige nacht!*//wo sich eut alle macht//vaeterlicher liebe ergossˌ//und als bruder uld-voll umschloss;//:Iesus die voelker der weltˌ//Iesus die voelker der welt*////¡stille nachtˌeilige nacht!*//lange schon uns bedachtˌ//als der Err vom grimme befreitˌ//in der vaeter ur-grauer zeit//:aller welt schonung veriessˌ//aller welt schonung veriess*////¡stille nachtˌeilige nacht!*//irten erst kund-gemacht//durch der engel¡alleluia!//toent es laut bei ferne und na⁑//¡Christ der Retter ist da!*//¡Christ der Retter ist da!

which is german and translates to

This is german, you know?
People speak german in Germany (and in Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg) I hope you understand that I'm using the greek alphabet with my own ortography and interpunction.
I don't speak german very well but it's the most common language that I like.
I hope I didn't make too many errors.
The animals, for example, are: mice, cats, dogs, cows and horses.
Finally a christmas song (which I don't understand completely)

[the german lyrics for 'silent night']

Note, that

I tried to keep a good balance between the difference between the pronounciation of the words and their correct spelling. Quite a few words are not spelled correctly, although their pronounication is just fine.

• The numbers in the original text refer to the Greek alphabet. Note how there are no 25s and 26s: The Greek alphabet has only 24 letters. That also explains why all ch's are rendered as h: The 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet is chi (χ). The sch is represented by xi (ξ). – M Oehm Aug 7 '16 at 19:09
• Orthography and interpunction are as I described, although thanks to your transcription, I have already found one typo in my text and I could misinterpret the part I do not understand completely. @MOehm Yes. Using this, you can recognise a little more information — notation of Os and Es is not random. I hope I did it correctly. With your addition I can accept Christoph's answer. – BartekChom Aug 7 '16 at 19:17
• Oh, and the diamond means that the next letter is a capital letter. – M Oehm Aug 7 '16 at 19:28
• @MOehm Yes. As you see, their use is much different from standard German. – BartekChom Aug 7 '16 at 19:36
• @MOehm that makes perfectly sense. And it removes a dozen spelling errors if the 22nd letter is translated to a 'ch'. I'll update the answer accordingly. – Christoph Aug 7 '16 at 20:44