Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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9 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Roger Bowden says:

    I will stick my neck out and guess this is from Africa and possibly from Sudan or South Sudan.

  2. Daydreamer says:

    Roger’s window is a good one to lean out wide: I think it is Massai spoken in Kenya.

  3. Susan says:

    I immediately thought Philippine language when I heard the recording, but now seeing the other guesses I’m not so confident! I have very little knowledge of the area, but definitely think I recognise some words from working briefly with Cebuano. I don’t think it is Cebuano, however, but a related language. Will be interested to find out what it is.

  4. Dan, ad nauseam says:

    I thin kI hear an /ft/ cluster, which would rule out Maasai/

  5. Jim Morrison says:

    Maybe Moré from Burkina Faso!!!

  6. joe mock says:

    It’s very definitely a Philippine language – close to Tagalog (I can understand bits of it) but not quite. I’m thinking Bikol but it may be a Visayan dialect.

  7. TJ says:

    I think it is Asian too … something close to the Philippines. I compare it to how Filippino population here speaks. I don’t understand though of course.

  8. Simon says:

    The answer is Hanunó’o, a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken in Mindoro in the Philippines.

    The recording comes from the GRN.

  9. Christopher Miller says:

    It was obviously a Central Philippine language, but which one I had no way of knowing. Obviously I didn’t have enough time to absorb much of the language, even though I was in the Hanuno’o area briefly and have Hanuno’o friends! Translation of the Lord’s Prayer quite likely due to Antoon Postma, the former missionary priest, who I had the pleasure of visiting at his home in Panaytayan (Hanuno’o village) two and a half years ago.

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