# Cool language nerds won't hang out with me

It has long been my dream to be a part of the extremely exclusive Language Nerds' Club. Today, I walked into their clubhouse and stated my wish to become a bona fide member. See how I used Latin there? That should qualify me immediately, right? As it turns out, it's not that simple.

The guy at the door gave me a piece of paper and said: "To get in, you have to say the passphrase. And say it loud! I want everyone to hear it."

I'm stumped now. How do I fulfill my dream and get into this exciting club?

## 3 Answers

To get in the club, proudly pronounce:

I AM A BIG GEEK, SIR!

Character, transliteration, and script table (look at how beautifully monospaced it is):

character(s) | translit | script     | geek notes
-------------|----------|------------|------------
த | TA      | TAMIL      |
के | KE      | DEVANAGARI |
ਫ਼ੋ | FO      | GURMUKHI   |
‎އުރް‎ | UR      | THAANA     |
ث | TH      | ARABIC     |
เละ | LE      | THAI       |
ট্টে | TTE     | BENGALI    |
로 | RO      | HANGUL     |
ֆ | F       | ARMENIAN   |
σκ | SK      | GREEK      |
ᕆ | RI      | INUKTITUT  | properly Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, since ᕆ is used in other languages (e.g. some dialects of Eastern Cree)
پت | PT      | PERSIAN    | properly Arabic script, since پ is used in other languages (e.g. Urdu)
на | NA      | CYRILLIC   |
מֶ‬ | ME      | HEBREW     | 

The transliteration clues the next step:

TAKE FOURTH LETTER OF SCRIPT NAME

which gives us our passcode,

I AM A BIG GEEK, SIR!, which indeed one must be to join the Language Nerds' Club.

p.s. I think this puzzle is exemplary for the #enigmatic-puzzle tag. Please add that tag and thank you for a brilliant puzzle.

• Tag added. Nice job! – jafe Oct 19 '18 at 5:44

Partial Answer:

Taking it as face value, I presume you have to get the phonetic pronounciations of all the characters in the letter. Which are from different languages. Here's what I've surmised so far. I can't figure any rhyme or reason to the languages chosen, though. And I'm sufficiently troubled by the fact that some languages are read forward and some backwards. Must be missing something...

? ? ? ? se(arabic)

? n(thai) ? ? t + o (korean) fe(armenian)

? ? ta (arabic?) na(russian) ?

• 로 is ro in Korean, not to. – DooplissForce Oct 18 '18 at 18:08

on line one this is what I interpreted it as so far:

Line 1, Character 1:

?

Line 1, Character 2:

के ke

Line 1, Character 3:

ढ़ॆ dhai

Line 1, Character 4:

?

Line 1, Character 5:

ث th