My native tongue is English, but after 25 years in Southern California, I understand Spanish, and can speak enough to get by. I also know a few sushi bars worth of Japanese.
But….I have a mental block and I will never be able to speak, read or write…..Captcha.
I am confronted with my lack of fluency on an almost daily basis. As I navigate the cyber world, entering my username and password is not sufficient for some websites. Some sites want to verify that I am a human, not a robot or computer.
The verification process begins like this:
Alright, I’m going to guess that is…… offknol MID.
Captcha says, “Nope. Try again.”
Then I get this one:
OK, this seems more difficult. Is that….tobanu usual?
Captcha says, “Haha that’s hilarious, but no.”
Next up, The captcha generator is sure I’ll get it this time:
Yep, clearly it is erpackl certain!
Captcha, the a-hole, says “Wrong again, loser!”
Next up – THIS looks fairly simple:
I’ve got it! It says: has tidelec.
“Hmmm….perhaps, but not likely.”
At this point, I usually just close my iPad.
I know I could opt for the audio version, but what is the fun in that? Isn’t that cheating?
What happened to just asking me questions I can understand….and even answer?
What street did you live on as a child?
What was the name of your 5th grade teacher?
In what city did your parents meet?
What was the model of your first car?
This Captcha nonsense reminds of those autostereograms that were popular in the 90’s. You know – those prints that were a jumble of a bunch of different colored dots and squiggles that you were supposed to stare at and then a 3-D image would appear. I could never see the hidden image. Ever.
It must be a brain thing. Or maybe I’m less creative, and more black and white than I previously thought.
Then, one day while surfin’ the net, I was once again asked to verify that I was a human, not a robot or computer.
This window popped up:
Woohoo! I made the correct selections. Not to brag, but I’m pretty sure I could have identified them in Japanese, too.
The next time I was required to verify my humanity, this window popped up:
However, my single favorite challenge to prove my humanity was this:
I look forward to the possibility that internet security will eventually improve, and Captcha will become a lost language. I fear I am too old to learn yet another new language.
Until then, I will pride myself on still being multi-lingual. I’m completely fluent in food and dog or, as fancy folks say, cuisine and canine.