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?

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3 Answers 3


To get in the club, proudly pronounce:


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:


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.

  • $\begingroup$ Tag added. Nice job! $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Commented Oct 19, 2018 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) ?

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    $\begingroup$ 로 is ro in Korean, not to. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 18, 2018 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


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