Name the language

Here’s a recording of a poem in a mystery language. Can you work out what language it is?

Clues: this language is spoken in Europe by a small number of people in a mountainous area.

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9 Responses to Name the language

  1. Hugo says:

    Romansch, perhaps?

  2. Rachel says:

    Is it basque by any chance? The clues would fit.

  3. Podolsky says:

    It sounds definitely Rumantsch, spoken in eastern Switzerland in a mountainous area.

  4. Simon says:

    Hugo and Podolsky got it – it is indeed Romansch/Rumantsch/Romansh (how ever you spell it!).

    The recording comes from a page called ‘Little islands of Romansh‘, which features lots of interesting information about the language, and a number of audio recordings and videos of people speaking it.

  5. Evans Knight says:

    argh. i hate being late to check when there is a puzzle on the blog. i knew it was romance.

  6. Trevor C says:

    You gave too many clues! I knew it was Rumantsch before even listening to it! Well, I was 95% sure, anyway. This is awesome though, I had been wanting to hear what this language sounded like for a long time but couldn’t find any resources online the last time I looked.
    Yay for small languages!

  7. Sabrina says:

    I had no idea what language it was, but it sounded almost Arabic to me :-) It certainly was lovely!

    It’s too bad there aren’t more resources for small languages online…

  8. Nikki says:

    I guessed it from the description too! It sounds like Italian to me.

  9. Nikki says:

    I mean that I guessed that it was Romansh, but that Romansh sounds like Italian to me.