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Interview Exams

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We're re-writing new exam questions for prospective candidates and brainstorming on questions. After a while, everyone catches on to the hotel-bellboy-missing-dollar question. This question caught my eye because it has to do with language patterns.

Question: Here are some numbers written in Gusii (Kenya):

57 - emerongo etano na itano na ibere
82 - emerongo etano na etato na ibere
308 - amagana atato na itano na itato
705 - amagana atano na abere na itano

Write 28 and 837 in Gusii.

It's not too bad, but it took me a few. =)


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pne
Nov. 29th, 2002 09:01 am (UTC)
Gusii
Tricky!

I cheated, and asked the Internet :) I found this puzzle on a Dutch university site (but it wasn't on their web server any more, so I had to ask Google's cache), together with a solution and an explanation. (Their puzzle also gave the word for "230", by the way.)
bride
Nov. 29th, 2002 09:09 am (UTC)
Re: Gusii
Yeah, it's neat to see how different cultures treat numbers. =)
pne
Nov. 29th, 2002 09:04 am (UTC)
Linguistics puzzles
Here's a similar one: http://www.zompist.com/rants.html#19 , about numbers in Nenets.
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