Name the language

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

Do you know or can you guess which language it’s in and where it’s spoken?

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15 Responses to Name the language

  1. MäcØSŸ says:


  2. xarxa says:

    i think lithuanian too

  3. Arakun says:

    To my ears it sounds slightly slavic but with much less of the consonant clusters. Thus my guess is that it’s either Latvian or Lithuanian. Due to the deep economic crisis in Latvia I’ve heard some Latvian on the news. Thus I too believe this to be Lithuanian.

  4. lyzazel says:

    Wow, I was waiting for this.

    Lithuanian for sure because it’s my language.
    And it talks about some pension payments. Boring stuff.

  5. michael farris says:

    At first I thought balkans even while realizing it didn’t sound like any balkan language, but after seeing the comments here I assume it’s Lithuanian.

  6. peter j. franke says:

    Well, who am I to add something else…. By the way: interesting sounds in Lithuanian, nasal like in French, combined with Polish-like dental and alveolar fricatives and Russian palatisations and velarisations…

  7. leslie says:

    Yeah, I was gonna say what peter said…:)

  8. Simon says:

    The language is indeed Lithuanian (lietuvių kalba) which is spoken mainly in Lithuania.

    The recording comes from Žinių radijas.

  9. Petréa Mitchell says:

    My first thought was Lithuanian, but then my second thought was, “Nah, that would be too easy!”

  10. MäcØSŸ says:

    WOW, I can’t believe I got it right!

  11. James C. says:

    “Anyone wishing to hear how Indo-Europeans spoke should come and listen to a Lithuanian peasant.”
    —Antoine Meillet

  12. Julia says:

    russian? (not serbo-croat,)…

  13. Phil says:

    “Anyone wishing to hear how Indo-Europeans spoke should come and listen to a Lithuanian peasant.”
    —Antoine Meillet

    Why? Because the Lithuanian upper class spoke Russian? German? French? Or did/do they speak a less conservative form of the language?

  14. Wallace says:

    While I do not speak Lithuanian, I know from studying European history that the native Lithuanian aristocracy was assimilated or exterminated when the baltic regions were conquered by the Teutonic Knights in the 1100s. From that point on, the rulers of the approximate area now known as “Lithuania” were generally German-speakers. Despite the conquest of the area by the Russian Czar Peter I (so-called “the great”) in the 1720s, most of the local lords were of German cultural affiliation up until world war one.

  15. Ed says:

    I always thought that quote was to illustrate the fact that the Lithuanian case system retains more of the features of I-E than any of the other live languages today. I could be entirely off base on that, though. Anybody know?

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