Language quiz

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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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7 Responses to Language quiz

  1. joe mock says:

    An Iranian dialect/language of some sort?

  2. Sameer says:

    I’m also thinking it’s an Iranian language, possibly of a former Soviet territory? I think I may have heard something like a Russian borrowing. Are we on the right track?

  3. Simon says:

    Yes. It is an Iranian language.

  4. joe mock says:

    A dialect of Kurdish, perhaps?

  5. Jonathan says:

    I don’t have any training with phonetics, so forgive the vague way I express this, but the vowels in that clip don’t sound like the Persian I’ve heard before (which I assume was fairly standardized urban Persian). I look for a more “rounded”, “aw” sound to vowels if I’m guessing that someone is speaking Persian, and those sounded more “pure” and “clipped”.

    If this means anything to anyone, do they know a better, more technically precise way to describe this differnece, and does it actually apply to Persian?

  6. Alex M. says:

    Bokhori ?

  7. Simon says:

    The language is Wakhi (x̌ik zik / х̆ик зик), a Southern Pamir language spoken in parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and China.

    The recording comes from YouTube.

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