Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

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

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25 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Trond Engen says:

    I recognized the conjunction ‘et’, I think. That would make it Romance. But what can sound like that? Ladin?

  2. Ryan says:

    Trond, maybe Ladino? Though I thought it sounded kind of German most of the way through, myself.

  3. Peter P. says:

    sounds like some sort of language used by the indians in western movies :) really strange :)

  4. prase says:

    Maltese?

  5. Miika says:

    Yiddish?

    Or some Dutch/German dialect?

  6. TJ says:

    Miami

    :D

  7. Talib says:

    It sounds, well, Jewish to me. I second Ladino.

  8. Jackson says:

    IMHO it doesn’t particularly sound like German, Spanish, or Hebrew, so I doubt it’s Yiddish or Ladino.

    Perhaps … Neo-aramaic?

  9. Roy says:

    One of the Iranian languages maybe?

  10. ismael says:

    2nd that, sounds persio-iranian.

  11. renato figueiredo says:

    I agree with TJ, Miami. In old posts, Simon did the same, he put a new language on written system and at the blog, a misterous language. Why should be different?!.

  12. Simon says:

    It isn’t Miami – I couldn’t find any recordings in that language.

    Here’s a clue – this language is used as a liturgical language and has no native speakers.

  13. Jackson says:

    Ge’ez?

  14. prase says:

    Then it must be Coptic.

  15. xarxa says:

    syriac? but im not sure if that still has speakers or not…

  16. Julia says:

    Something somehow related to Hebrew??

  17. Julia says:

    Aramaic? if a liturgical lang??

  18. TJ says:

    Samaritan???

  19. Miika says:

    Early New High German, Ge’ez or Ladino? :)

  20. Petréa Mitchell says:

    Well, I’m pretty sure it’s *not* Sanskrit…

    Shot in the dark: Classical Arabic?

  21. Abbie says:

    Sanskrit or Pali?

    Yes, I’m just rattling off liturgical languages, I don’t actually know what they sound like. If it’s a dead language I imagine it would be in the “accent” of the speaker’s native language…

  22. Simon says:

    prase got it – it is Coptic, which is used by Egyptian Christians as a liturgical language.

    The recording comes from Lowlands-L.

  23. ismael says:

    wish I had posted it earlier, but I was thinking that the recording did not sound like a natural native speaker, but instead someone reading a liturgical or academic language that he was not native to.