Language quiz

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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26 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Roy says:

    Amharic

  2. renato figueiredo says:

    This week I don’t have any idea of which language is spoken, but the news is about Barak Obama, the American president.

  3. LandTortoise says:

    I’m guessing CHECHAN spoken in Chechnya as I think I heard the word in the recording.

  4. Rivka says:

    I’ll take a wild guess and posit that it’s one of the dizzyingly many languages of the Indian subcontinent. . . .

  5. Alexey says:

    Amharic, I think.

  6. Podolsky says:

    Tigrinya

  7. Onotheo says:

    The words seems very clear to me. It sounds good to me but I don’t know what language this is.

  8. xarxa says:

    not a clue!

  9. Greg says:

    maybe estonian or finnish?

  10. Peter J. Franke says:

    It sounds a bit like Tigrinya but it is NOT. Sorry, I have no idea what it is…..

  11. Tommy says:

    I agree with Onotheo – the speaking is somehow very “clear” sounding to my ear, but I do not know the language. I know its not Russian but to my amateur ear it sounds similar.

  12. peter j. franke says:

    I take a chance this is from the Caucasian mountain range.

  13. TJ says:

    Doesn’t sound turkic, and not slavic to my ear so we might cancel out the caucasian range.
    I would go for Amharic, or something African.

  14. Jayan says:

    Well, I’m pretty sure it’s not an Indian language; didn’t have the right feel. It did sound like something Semitic, and since the most popular guess is Amharic, I’ll go with that, though having never hear Amharic before, I can’t be sure.

  15. Chap says:

    Now that I have read your comments, I would also say Amharic.

    However, my first guess turned to Kurdish.

  16. Petréa Mitchell says:

    I have no real idea, so how about Indonesian?

  17. Malik diNata says:

    Definitely not Indonesian, Petrea ;-)

  18. Simon says:

    The language is Amharic (ኣማርኛ), which is spoken mainly in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

    The recording comes from Kol Israel.

  19. Roy says:

    I was not entirely sure but my guess (the first one on the list) was correct. I actually thought it was from an Israeli radio station because Barak is mentioned there. This is probably Ehud Barak – the current minister of defence in the Israeli government, and not Barack Obama. I have heared this language here and there in Israel but not enough to be sure it was it. Ethiopian immigrants in Israel still speak it.

  20. Trond Engen says:

    Even though I noticed “minister Barak” I couldn’t get around this one. I got stuck with what I thought was a Portuguese loan in /amerikãõ/.

  21. Daniel says:

    I’ve heard Amharic spoken in Israel a lot, and it does sound like it after knowing it’s it. But it was always spoken quickly and there was something different about it when I heard it, so I couldn’t tell it’s Amharic before.

  22. peter j. franke says:

    Well, I consulted a colleague from Eritrea. She grew up outside that area but speaks Tigrinya. So that’s why I was sure it was not that laguage. But she did not recognise it was Amharic. May be the recording is with an accent???

  23. Jeff says:

    My guess is either Amharic or Magyar

  24. TJ says:

    it’s already stated that it’s Amharic :)

  25. Tea says:

    Well, I’m late. But it doesn’t sound like any language I’m familiar with. At least I could tell that it was not Estonian or Finnish, as someone of you guessed.