Linguistic Puzzles

Oh, these puzzles are challenging!!

From the website:

“The Linguistics Challenge was a fun and educational activity designed for secondary school students (ages 12 through 18). University students and other adults also find these materials interesting and challenging. The idea is to solve puzzles in languages you have never studied or learned. “

I completed the first one, Agta, after several false starts.  I treated the words as if they were like Greek combining forms–two parts with meanings of their own, but needing to be combined a certain way for a different meaning.  If you want a hint, comment on this post and I’ll give you one!


  1. Nancy, I loved this site! I had so much fun figuring out the first puzzle, now I’m anxious to do more! Thanks for the link!

  2. Should have been doing reflections on my last weeks lessons for my placement but no…. managed the first two of these 🙂 Will return another time, they are great mind relaxers.
    Thanks for the link.

  3. I’m going to try another one today. 🙂

  4. I just looked at the second one and threw up my hands in mock horror! I will give it a second look, now. What kind of placement are you referring to, Annette?

  5. The man loved the woman. I’m stuck!! Any hints? I got the other five. Help!!


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