Solution to An American in Paris

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by Cami Ramirez-Arau, Danny Bulmash

Each audio clip in this puzzle is a trivia question in a foreign language, but pronounced with an awful American accent (i.e. with English phonetics). In order, the clips are:

Language Question Question (in English) Answer (English) Answer (original language)
Thai ถวายภัตตาหารพระที่ไหน? (transliterated: T̄hwāy p̣hạttāh̄ār phra thī̀h̄ịn) Where do you offer food to monks? TEMPLE วัด (WAT)
Tagalog Anong hayop ang nabanggit sa ikatlong saknong ng tulang "sa aking mga kabata"? What animal is mentioned in the third stanza of the poem "sa aking mga kabata"? FISH ISDA
Tamil இந்தியாவின் பெரும்பகுதி தேநீர் குடிக்கும்போது, தமிழகம் தனித்துவமானது, இதை விரும்பும் ஒரு இந்திய மாநிலம். (transliteration: Intiyāviṉ perumpakuti tēnīr kuṭikkumpōtu, tamiḻakam taṉittuvamāṉatu, itai virumpum oru intiya mānilam) While most of India drinks tea, Tamil-Nadu is unique, being the one Indian state that prefers this. COFFEE KAPI
Estonian Koht, kus elavad hobused. A place where horses live. STABLE TALL
Mandarin 从上海到成都是什么方向? (pinyin: Cóng shànghǎi dào chéngdū shì shénme fāngxiàng?) What direction is Chengdu from Shanghai? WEST 西 (XI)
Spanish En la version Mexicana de Los Locos Addams, ¿cual es el titulo familiar de Cosa? In the Mexican version of The Addams Family, what is Thing's familial title? UNCLE TIO
Swedish Vad var det man inte längre fick göra mot barn då kroppslig bestraffning förbjöds den femtonde mars nittonhundrasjuttionio? What was it you were no longer allowed to do to children when corporal punishment of children was banned the 15th of March, 1979? HIT [them] SLÅ
Italian Che tipi di prodotti sono Barolo, Franciacorta, e Lambrusco? What kinds of products are Barolo, Franciacorta, and Lambrusco? WINES VINI
German War Deutschland das erste Land, das Sommerzeit eingeführt hat? Was Germany the first country to introduce Daylight Savings Time? YES JA

Pronouncing the answers to the questions in their original language yields a good approximation of the English sentence WHAT IS THE CAPITAL CITY OF SLOVENIA? The answer to this question and to the puzzle is LJUBLJANA.

Authors’ Notes

Special thanks to Abby Caron, Justine Jang, Linus Strese, CJ Quines, Rahul Sridhar, Toomas Tennisberg, Yannick Yao, and their friends and family for translation help.

Sincere apologies to anyone who speaks any of the languages in this puzzle for butchering your language so badly. It was legitimately difficult to intentionally mispronounce many of the languages.