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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18 Responses to Language quiz

  1. prase says:

    It sounds like Romanian.

  2. BurungNasar says:

    Romanian.

  3. Halabund says:

    The intonation of the speaker is funny. Maybe it’s because this is from a religious themed programme.

  4. Podolsky says:

    Romanian

  5. Chris Miller says:

    Indeed. Limba Română.

  6. Rauli says:

    I thought of Romanian as well. But the intonation sounds to my ear a lot like some dialect of Italian.

  7. William says:

    I thought this was Spanish or Italian spoken with a russian accent(no offense to Romanians, though!)

  8. Felix says:

    Romanian… but with a very funny sounding accent/intonation.

  9. Chris Miller says:

    The bizarre intonation leads me to believe this is a radio or perhaps more likely TV news/info report. It’s reminiscent of the unnatural style that has become nearly standard in US TV and radio (and its imitators) over the past couple of decades, a style that demands that news readers and reporters talk in an extra-loud volume at (rather than to) their audience, using artificial intonation and unnatural stress patterns, all the while jerking their heads up and down and from side to side in a way no-one does while speaking naturally.

  10. Daydreamer says:

    Since it all seems to be about Pope Benedict and some Monsignore, I’m sure it’s a broadcast of Radio Vatican, which also explains the liturgical intonation.

  11. I think it’s Romanian spoken by an Italian.

  12. pennifer says:

    Yeah, the intonation structure is really fascinating. I was thinking Romanian or something close to it too. Nice to see my instincts are likely correct.

  13. Petréa Mitchell says:

    Definitely a Romance language, but not French, Spanish, or Italian. Romanian sounds plausible to me.

  14. formiko says:

    Wow, my initial thought was Romanian spoken by an Italian.

  15. Simon says:

    The language is indeed Romanian (limba română) which is spoken mainly in Romania, Moldova and Ukraine, and the recording comes from Vatican Radio.

  16. Halabund says:

    Simon, the layout of this page is broken in every browser I tried except Firefox (IE, Opera, Chrome)

  17. Simon says:

    Halabund – it should be ok now.