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Solving your way through languages & codes: the International Linguistics Olympiad

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How good are you at solving puzzles? Learning languages? Cracking codes? Test yourself as you puzzle out the tricky problems these linguists and mathematicians have put together. Stop memorizing words, symbols and answers, and start letting those brain gears turn!

Let's get animated about the International Linguistics Olympiad (ioling.org) and problem solving in general! And then subscribe for to keep learning about language and thought!!

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