Does this sound familiar?

This week’s challenge is to identify the language in this audio sample.

A few clues: this language is spoken mainly in one country and is not related to any of the languages spoken in the neighbouring countries. The verbs in this language have hundreds of forms.

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14 Responses to Does this sound familiar?

  1. Glanthor Reviol says:

    My mother tongue:)

  2. TJ says:

    I wonder what is your native language! 🙂

    anyway for me it sounds something like Finnish, or Hungarian (when I hear one of my teachers in college speaks it, it sounds something like that somehow).
    OR, since it has no relatives, it could be ….. Basque?

  3. TJ says:

    do you know that the iranian president ordered to change more than a thousand terms from its foreign origin into something in persian?
    This is reported recently.
    Words like “cabin” for example will be changed into something like “small room” and “pizza” into something like “elastic loaves” and so on!

  4. I agree with TJ’s guesses…and perhaps hazard a guess at Turkish?

  5. Podolsky says:

    It sounds Greek to me.

  6. Sam says:

    It sounds like Finnish to me.

  7. TJ says:

    No I don’t think it’s turkish. I’ve heard turkish songs before and it doesn’t sound like that! 🙂

  8. Bill Walsh says:

    Magyarul van.

  9. AR says:

    Doesn’t Magyar have to do with Hungary?

  10. Joseph Staleknight says:

    Sounds Welsh to me.

  11. Sounds like a tongue twister to me! I’m pretty sure the language isn’t Finnish or Welsh; my guess is that it’s either Hungarian or Lithuanian. Lithuanian came to mind first, but then Latvia is just to the north with a related language. Hungarian is surrounded with languages of other families though, so that seems like a reasonable guess.

  12. Simon says:

    The answer is… Hungarian. It’s a tongue twister:

    Az ipafai papnak fapipája van, ezért az ipafai papi pipa papi fapipa.

    This means, “The priest of Ipafa has a wooden pipe, therefore the priest-pipe of Ipafa is a priest-woodpipe.”

  13. TJ says:

    any prizes? 🙂

  14. Simon says:

    Sorry TJ – no prizes this time.

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