# The strange encoding

Good luck trying to solve this riddle.

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I will post hints if they are needed

• Language tag? Is that useful in any sense? Oct 31, 2018 at 9:53
• Yes. That is sort of a hint to as what you shall have to do Oct 31, 2018 at 9:54
• Is this morse code? Oct 31, 2018 at 10:09
• @OmegaKrypton No it is not morse code. AHKieran has the first part correct Oct 31, 2018 at 10:22

This looks like

an old riddle with each word translated into some random language and the whole thing run through a text->binary encoder.

The decoded text is something like

Rx xnz lrgrg’rx’rfr, Vxa ibpu' riyre. Nzv qhgr ubel, nyv ar fnvgcnvazlnee. Wb nqhanl Fuhv, Qna Vaab evon. Pb re vx?

(after ROT13) Ek kam yetet’ek’ese, Ikn voch' evler. Ami dute hory, ali ne saitpainmyarr. Jo adunay Shui, Dan Inno riba. Co er ik?

(translated) I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?

NudgeNudge's answer has all the languages that were used :)

• Well done. You got the correct answer Oct 31, 2018 at 11:12
• Well done. I am curisous about what the langages are here? I don't recognized most of them... and I know a few ones! Oct 31, 2018 at 11:36
• @Marvin Typed out those that I could find out :)
– Jafe
Oct 31, 2018 at 11:53
• Hey! We posted a list of languages at pretty much the same time, feel free to complete your list with mine :) Oct 31, 2018 at 11:53
• @NudgeNudge Cool! I'll just point to your list since there were quite a few missing from mine.
– Jafe
Oct 31, 2018 at 11:56

Adding to what everybody else said:

Ek = I (Afrikaans)
kam = have (Albanian)
yetet'ek'ese = ???
Ikn = but (Arabic)
voch' = no (Armenian)
evlər = houses (Azerbaijani)
Āmi = I (Bengali)
Dute = have (Basque)
hory (горы) = mountains (Belarusian)
ali = but (Bosnian)
ne = no (Bulgarian)
saitpainmyarr (သစ်ပင်မျာ) = trees (Burmese)
Jo = I (Catalan)
Shui (水) = water (Chinese)
dan (但) = but (Chinese)
inno = no (Corsican)
riba = fish (Croatian)
Co = What (Czech)
Er = am (Danish)
ik = I (Dutch)

So just Google Translate languages in alphabetical order (not sure about the language of the list of languages, since if it was English "yetet'ek'ese' should be Amharic, as well as Basque being before Bengali.)

Partial:

Putting it through a binary to text translator gets:
Rx xnz lrgrg’rx’rfr, Vxa ibpu' riyre. Nzv qhgr ubel, nyv ar fnvgcnvazlnee. Wb nqhanl Fuhv, Qna Vaab evon. Pb re vx?
I think it might not be this due to the double apostrophes
Maybe some language uses double apostrophes, but OP confirms this step is correct.

rot13 of this text gives: (thanks @Marvin for the rot13 idea)
Ek kam yetet’ek’ese, Ikn voch' evler. Ami dute hory, ali ne saitpainmyarr. Jo adunay Shui, Dan Inno riba. Co er ik?
I believe each clause is a different language

• the last part sounds dutch.... Oct 31, 2018 at 10:57