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?
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.
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) ?
on line one this is what I interpreted it as so far:
Line 1, Character 1:
Line 1, Character 2:
Line 1, Character 3:
Line 1, Character 4:
Line 1, Character 5: