Can You Identify Languages SPOKEN BACKWARDS? (feat. Dana from Wanted Adventure)

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Hey rabbits!
I think we can agree that all languages have characteristic sounds, rhythms and sort of a personality that makes us think "Oh, this is, for example, French!" But what happens if you reverse them, when none of the words makes sense anymore? Can you still recognize this very same personality or does it get lost if everything is in reverse order?
In today's video I play the "Backwards Languages Challenge" with Dana from WantedAdventure. Can you identify languages spoken BACKWARDS? Let's find out!
Dana's channel: de-vid.com/u-WantedAdventure
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30 Sep 2018



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Serene Hsu
Serene Hsu Vor 4 Tage
Very interesting, but it doesn't work for Chinese language ! :)
HARLEY D Vor 21 Tag
That sounds like demonic voices.
Sαφίrα ξ
Sαφίrα ξ Vor 25 Tage
I guessed all first ones as Russian * laugh * I'm not good at this
Maathe izzda
Maathe izzda Vor Monat
Das war doch kein Russisch😤 ich habe noch nie jemanden so schlecht Russisch sprechen hören... Das hat sich angehört wie Serbisch oder Bulgarisch. Du musst wirklich an den Palatallauten arbeiten, denn diese waren überhaupt nicht vorhanden...
Martin Tabell
Martin Tabell Vor Monat
I heard the swedish one and didn’t recognice it (as a native). It sounded like a finnish person learning Swedish. Swedish is more songlike than other languages, as heard in the swedish accent of English. There is also a lot of abitrary rule. There is hard and soft vowels, and consonant combinations that changes pronounciations. Also, dropped letters in the end of some words. rg becomes rj. tt shortens the a before. sk becomes sch (one of four varieties) before soft vowel.
Лада Оборина
Не суди дгругих, да не судим будешь. Хоть говорю по русски, но поняла, что за фраза не с первого раза.
Kirsten Williams
Kirsten Williams Vor 4 Monate
French was super obvious, but the others I had no idea! When you were trying to describe the ‘soul’ of languages, I had a thought that we could describe them as symmetrical. What do you think?
TheMjollnir67 Vor 4 Monate
Fun fact, for those that didn't know it: the game Kerbal Space Program does make use of this, the language the Kerbals speak is spanish backwards...
Eisen J Eisen
Eisen J Eisen Vor 4 Monate
Hello you beautiful Dana Newman remember when i use to love you so much, I Still Do Jerome from Switzerland
Michael Short
Michael Short Vor 4 Monate
As someone who doesn't speak german, English backwards sounds like german. lol
Dannyela Maag
Dannyela Maag Vor 4 Monate
Super!!! Very funny and interesting!!
Jaime Duncan
Jaime Duncan Vor 4 Monate
No use math: they have properties that are invariant on a -t transformation. They maybe a conservation law relate to it l.😂
Jaime Duncan
Jaime Duncan Vor 4 Monate
She just have a superior mind for lenguajes. Maybe is relate to synesthesia.
Harald Ibener
Harald Ibener Vor 4 Monate
That was fun. Tried it myself :-D
Markus Abrach
Markus Abrach Vor 4 Monate
I was so bad at it. Dana has many advantages: she speaks English, Czech, German and Spanish. So she know many of the languages in the test and has generally a good 'speaking-feeling' as a teacher
Theyoutuberpolyglot Vor 5 Monate
It's too difficult to hear a language backwards. I can't guess the language.
Silkwesir Vor 5 Monate
My guesses were: 1. German -- WRONG [English] 2. German (now really!) -- CORRECT 3. French -- CORRECT 4. Russian -- CORRECT 5. Spanish -- CORRECT 6. Turkish -- CORRECT 7. Czech (almost all consonants...) -- WRONG [Swedish] (you say "pretty close, yet not the same" NO! Finnish is a completely different language to Swedish. Close geographically, but not language-wise) 8. Italian -- CORRECT 9. Finnish -- WRONG [Czech] (maybe Finnish was still on my mind from #7...) So, I got 6/9 correct. On the whole, I found it easier than expected.
Can you hear me Major Tom?
i just had english and german right, spanish which is my native language had it wrong lol
Chuck Munson
Chuck Munson Vor 5 Monate
I got all of them except for the Turkish one - completely off there - and guessed Norwegian for Swedish. Enjoy seeing you and Dana work together.
Андрей Денисов
Although it's a complete waste of time but these girls are very smart.
Sergio Díaz Nila
Sergio Díaz Nila Vor 5 Monate
to me all sounded like german
Sampler19 Vor 5 Monate
Everything sounded czech.
Caleb Campbell
Caleb Campbell Vor 5 Monate
I noticed your accent is much less noticeable in videos with Dana than normal, mimicking your friend seems to make you sound more American yourself. Very interesting.
Brandon Kurewitz
Brandon Kurewitz Vor 5 Monate
They all sounded like eerie German EVPs to me.
Jules Sylvester
Jules Sylvester Vor 5 Monate
Who provided the Russian voiceclip? Whoever did is clearly not a native speaker, because it didn't sound very natural. They didn't soften their consonants properly, and this is a HUGE part of spoken Russian. This is especially noticeable in the way they utter " búdyesh' ", the final word.
Андрей Денисов
Jules Sylvester yes, very strong accent
Roberto Lobato
Roberto Lobato Vor 5 Monate
Very fun video! As native speaker, I can tell you that your spanish was very good. Just a quick a tip: our "h" is mute, so "hay" would be pronounced as "ay".
Kyra Migami
Kyra Migami Vor 5 Monate
the russian one does not sound as russian at all..(i mean the normal version also) :D it sounds like a really bad google translator or something xD
Suryan Adriano
Suryan Adriano Vor 5 Monate
Try portuguese! 😉
1flybyguy Vor 5 Monate
1:28 Did she try to turn "reverse" into a noun by saying "reversion"? LOL. I can't believe Dana didn't catch it. Trixie, the noun form of reverse is reverse.
Jax Amilius
Jax Amilius Vor 5 Monate
no urdu or hindi?
xzonia1 Vor 5 Monate
Dana did amazingly well on guessing! I didn't get any of them right, not even English (my native language) or French. I'm just awful at languages, though, which is part of the reason why I gave up trying to learn German. :P Loved the video! It was fun seeing the two of you together! :)
Jaron H-M
Jaron H-M Vor 5 Monate
Backwards English, Turkish and German sound the same to me. All of the Romance languages were super easy. For Finnish, I knew the region, but I don't know enough about Nordic languages to guess.
長谷川緑 Vor 5 Monate
Why does Dana always smile very much?
Poll 7
Poll 7 Vor 5 Monate
Don’t know who made the Spanish part but sure it wasn’t a Spanish speaker. It sounds nothing like the actual language
Adelin_ Melani
Adelin_ Melani Vor 5 Monate
Ich liebe dieses video
Connor Lasly
Connor Lasly Vor 5 Monate
I actually guessed all correctly except Finnish and and Turkish as well as Czech. Like let die to my lack of experience with them. Easiest we’re definitely English, German and French. Likely due to my more extensive experience with them. In fact the German was easiest honestly. All the soft “ch” and long vowels with that start/ stop sound. 7/10 for me! This was fun!
Kseniya Yeskova
Kseniya Yeskova Vor 5 Monate
Russian didn’t sound like Russian
UntotesSchaf Vor 5 Monate
I guesses English, German, French and Russian and I think I would have guessed Spanish but Dana was too fast. Really nice video idea and also nice to see you together again!
modusvivendi2 Vor 5 Monate
Would have been even funnier if the English phrase had been "Paul is dead."
TheBlackiwid Vor 5 Monate
Donna you are clearly better than most people would have done I think, and the comments seem to say the same I would not have got even close to your success rate.
Dågge L
Dågge L Vor 5 Monate
Skinn in swedish is pronounced chinn (similar to ’ch’ in german’) and arga is pronounced arya
Nick Moser
Nick Moser Vor 5 Monate
Oway indsay ieday brüste ?
J Warthen
J Warthen Vor 5 Monate
1. Demon 2. German Demon 3. Demon 4. Communist Demon 5. Demon 6. Demon 7. Demon 8. Demon 9. Demon 10. Demon
Randy Welsh
Randy Welsh Vor 5 Monate
Trixie's Alter ego is cool
FennicYoshi Vor 5 Monate
Just low key yelling Swedish when I heard the Swedish part. Not Swedish at all, but it just didn't sound Norwegian enough for me.
Ruby Abc
Ruby Abc Vor 5 Monate
I‘m german and I think Dutch sounds nothing like German!
Ruby Abc
Ruby Abc Vor 5 Monate
3:05 sounds like old anglo saxon language:)
Johnny Frisco
Johnny Frisco Vor 5 Monate
ho'd, sselepoh saw I... nuf doog!
Alice Vor 5 Monate
Hi Trixi, it was so cool challenge and Dana was really good :) I was able to identify only a few languages but unfortunately not my mother language - Czech :D I think your Czech pronunciation was really good, but I needed an English translation to understand the intended meaning (it's more a "machine translation" than something Czechs would say - second part of the sentense would be needed).
JWentu Vor 5 Monate
finnish and swedish.... close? mmmhhhhh..... nope!
Filippo Vor 5 Monate
The Italian sentence means “the liar wants a good memory “ .... 🤔
Vicki Bee
Vicki Bee Vor 5 Monate
They're not giving me my notifications on You Tube. I don't know WHAT their problem is. I came so it would count as a view.
Konstantin Kunz
Konstantin Kunz Vor 5 Monate
6/10 First five and Italian got.
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Conclusion : Trixi is an expert on phonetics! 😘
SAMAWY سماوي
SAMAWY سماوي Vor 5 Monate
Hallo! I'm from Kuwait, and fascinated in Germany and it's diverse culture, i'm learning German language, and watch your fun videos. also keen to complete my higher studies in Germany. Are Muslims welcome and can live normally in Germany? from public perspective Danke :)
Leo Vuitton
Leo Vuitton Vor 5 Monate
*nuts in german*
ill illy illy-o
ill illy illy-o Vor 5 Monate
I’m sorry, but your Russian was awful lol. I hate to say it, but I honestly did not understand it when I heard it un-backwards hahah
Andrea Heckler
Andrea Heckler Vor 5 Monate
French was the only obvious one for me! It’s just so flowy haha. I didn’t even recognize English - I thought that one might be German 😅
Promiscuous U Tube
Promiscuous U Tube Vor 5 Monate
1/10, I didn't even get my own native language.
Loki Vor 5 Monate
Dana and Trixi is allways great! #Shipit
Abhinav Bhatt
Abhinav Bhatt Vor 5 Monate
it's been a long time since you have been posting your videos on DE-vid... you are a vivacious person... stay like this...
Doc James
Doc James Vor 5 Monate
Hi Trixie, I'm from Texas in the U.S. I want to say I so so love your videos. I have a girlfriend now near dusseldorf and I've known a tiny bit of German but not too much (like hello goodbye just first year german) so I binge watch your videos and love all of them. I'm learning so so much. I also love the sidekick to make things funny. I learn better that way. Keep up the great vids. Fyi I'm rushing to learn as much as I can because she's coming here for a visit in feb and later next year I want to go there. So doing learning vids helps me a lot. Take care and I hope you keep doing tge great vids.
Conchita Mendez
Conchita Mendez Vor 5 Monate
Dana was amazing! I did recognize some (including Swedish) but failed miserably at English, Russian, Turkish and Czech ... And please: More videos together!
Александр Репняков
The Russian one sounded really strange. Even it's my native language, I didn't recognize it.
Absurd Bird
Absurd Bird Vor 5 Monate
Swedish and Finnish speaking areas are very close *geographically*, yes, (and in many ways also culturally) but as languages they are as different as can be. Swedish is quite obviously related to English and German but is also more distantly related to e.g. French, Greek, Persian and Hindi! Finnish comes from a whole different language family in which Estonian and Hungarian are other family members as well as some ethnic minority languages in Russia.
Veronika Čertíková
I'm Czech and I guessed the last one had been Chinese. 🙃
Kris_SveFinHun Vor 5 Monate
Swedish is difficult. Skinn is pronounced like "schinn". Köttbullar are "schöttbullar". There are plenty of traps. "Kör" is just kör (choir), where as Kör! "schör", means drive! Entertaining video. Trotzdem sehr gut. "Der Ton macht der Musik" danach habe ich versucht zu hören.
Alexis Paparizo
Alexis Paparizo Vor 5 Monate
this is the worst Vedic for you girls
Ute Ziemes
Ute Ziemes Vor 5 Monate
I have now learned, next to other things, the following: If someone speaks French or Turkish backwards, then I recognize that this is the respective language, but, as I can not understand this languages, I do not realize that they are spoken backwards. :-)) An inner voice will only whisper softly in retrospect: "But something was wrong." This video was very inspiring. It helped me to find out which pronunciation elements I currently are able to perceive as typical features of a language I know. That was very interesting for me. Thank you for this. I thank you both also for the good entertainment. I especially like the following passage: Dana: "Was that Dutch?" Trixi: "Dutch? ... Is that your answer?" Dana: "No..." These stance of Trixi, as if it were actually an exam question and the uncertain long-drawn "No" of Dana. Very funny. By the way: The German and the Dutch language sound totally different. The difference between the two is as big as between German and English. That so many Dutch speak German is because they learn the language at school, not because it is so similar.
MsBesthh Vor 5 Monate
I AM from mexico and i have to say the pronunciation was funny
ichabe dichlieb
ichabe dichlieb Vor 5 Monate
Wenn du sowas findest im spanischen wie " No hay que" sprichst du das "h" nicht mit, also "ay que", wie im französischen. - youtubianischer Klugscheißer
mrscary3105 Vor 5 Monate
I love when you two work together. It is so awesome, because the positive energy rocks. :) PS: I got them all wrong save 2, I got German and French, but I missed English and I am American. :)
maksphoto78 Vor 5 Monate
Actually, anythying spoken backwards sounds like Swiss variety of German :o)
Lacanister Vor 5 Monate
ok, more bewbs please?
Javier Osorio
Javier Osorio Vor 5 Monate
I new the second was german because of the accent
Autonomiq_org Vor 5 Monate
You are both so good! You are inspirational
Bruno Santos
Bruno Santos Vor 5 Monate
Bruno Santos
Bruno Santos Vor 5 Monate
OMG, forgive me for my sinnful toughts about these girls in a lesbian scene.
J T Vor 5 Monate
I love these videos 👍👍😆😍
MAĤIAC Vor 5 Monate
I at first thought the egnellahc egauhnal sdrawkcab at the bottom was German until I read it sdrawkcab.
J. Martin
J. Martin Vor 5 Monate
Wow, that was really harder than I thought. XD I guessed only three, English, German and French.
Nobbi Lampe-Strang
Nobbi Lampe-Strang Vor 5 Monate
I think my problem was that darling Trixie has a German accent even in her English. Not a criticism! I hear accents that make me identify languages. Cadences, intonations, etc. It’s how you hear a Saxon dialect, or a Parisian dialect, or a Bostonian dialect, even the difference between North Georgia vs South Georgia (USA). Compare all the Swiss variations. BTW, I love both of your you tube channels. As as German-American, very cool!
Dan Carvin
Dan Carvin Vor 5 Monate
Once I was playing with a shortwave radio and heard someone speaking with enough interference that I couldn't quite make out the words. Usually when this happens (imaging listening to a conversion in the next room thought a wall), you can usually identify the language from the cadence and types of sounds used. This sounded like English, rhythm-wise, but I couldn't make out a single word. I kept listening and determined the broadcast was in Dutch. Do you think Dutch and English sound alike when you can't quite make out the words?
Marcus Cyr
Marcus Cyr Vor 5 Monate
I love when you guys collaborate. Two of my favorite channels together!!!
Quotenwagnerianer Vor 5 Monate
So that gives the expression: "It's all french to me" a new explanation. It doesn't matter if you speak forward or backward, its all the same sounding gibberish. 😂
Colton Williams
Colton Williams Vor 5 Monate
How is Dana so good at this?! I speak several of these languages and I had such a hard time with this.
Anders F
Anders F Vor 5 Monate
"Skinn" in swedish is not pronounced with a hard "k" but with a soft "sch".
Robert Warren
Robert Warren Vor 5 Monate
Damn Trixi is gorgeous
Marlis Vor 5 Monate
What a lovely video with you both together! It was such an interesting game to play and very entertaining to watch. Bitte mehr davon. 😍
Jerome Mc Kenna
Jerome Mc Kenna Vor 5 Monate
I found this very difficult. I only got the French. With your Italian, I guessed Portuguese and when I heard it straight, it sounded as much like Portuguese as Italian.
Skiamakhos Vor 5 Monate
It's not cadence, really - it's phonology. The sounds of a given language are always a small subset of the languages the human vocal tract can make. When babies are acquiring language, they start out making all the sounds it's possible to make, and as they're exposed to the language(s) of their primary caregivers, these sounds narrow down, trimming off the sounds not used in these languages. Once this has taken place, it actually becomes pretty hard for the person to distinguish between sounds not in their language - for instance the Japanese when they try to learn English: Japanese has the /ɾ/ sound, an alveolar tap often interpreted by English speakers as /r/ but actually somewhere halfway between /r/ and /l/. When Japanese people learn English they genuinely can't hear the difference between /r/ and /l/ because their brain has decided when they were a baby that only /ɾ/ matters. It can be retrained, but it takes a lot of doing. So anyway, yeah, each language has its own phonetic fingerprint of sounds that are in the language.
JWelchon Vor 5 Monate
Back in the old days preachers had record players that ran backwards. Apparently one could hear the devil speaking when an Elvis record ran backwards.
tomatomarc Vor 5 Monate
Ich verstehe es auch vorwärts nicht... :)
Obie J
Obie J Vor 5 Monate
Oddly, like many, I missed my own native language. I thought English was Dutch. Also I missed Turkish, I thought it was Japanese too, and Dana answered Czech before I could think. French was the easiest. Does any other language use so many nasal sounds? Fun vid.
Kamila Tekin
Kamila Tekin Vor 5 Monate
Is it only me or does Dana really look like you? I first thought that you invited your twin.
tutejshaja Vor 5 Monate
They do look similar to some degree 🙂 I like them both so much! 😊
Robert McQueen
Robert McQueen Vor 5 Monate
Trixi. That was fun. Got 6 out of 9. The french, Italian & German were too easy. Keep up the good work. Danke schon.
byw Vor 5 Monate
Her Italian and Spanish accents were atrocious yet the girl who parts her hair the other way still got them.
gnumpf gnumpf
gnumpf gnumpf Vor 5 Monate
Super. Mal keine Milch Werbung. 👍
Randy Welsh
Randy Welsh Vor 5 Monate
A Thumbs up x100
Randy Welsh
Randy Welsh Vor 5 Monate
Next time add Cheyenne :aésto'épea'hasenestȯtse And, Comanche: Hayarokwetu Sure Trixie could get both down perfectly.
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