# A strange email: use gtr

Recently someone emailed me this text. It seems to make no sense.

mina ireti ir thandiwe hyn đánh_đố elektron_pochta vyklyk

skip uig & urd
use gtr


What does this email say?

• ask Alan Turing, I heard he's pretty good at these Jun 16 '20 at 7:18
• @Jingle too late now lol
– matt
Jun 16 '20 at 14:15

Firstly, the last two lines are

Instructions.
In particular, I think use gtr means "use Google Translate" and,
skip uig & urd means to "skip Uyghur and Urdu" (languages)

Reasoning

The reason I come to this conclusion is that each term in the first line is a word translated from another language and all of the languages used are from the end of the list on Google Translate (which lists languages alphabetically), hence the instruction to "skip Uyghur and Urdu".

Translation

Translating the words in the first line is the tricky part but if we start at Zulu and work backwards from each word we get the following (ignoring Western Frisian):

mina = me/I (Zulu)
ireti = hope (Yoruba)
ir = you (Yiddish)
thandiwe = dear/beloved/loved (Xhosa)
hyn = this (Welsh)
đánh_đố = puzzling (Vietnamese)
elektron_pochta = e-mail (Uzbek)
vyklyk = challenge (Ukrainian)