Name the language

Here’s a text in a mystery language.

Text in mystery language

Do you know or can you guess which language this is and where it’s spoken?

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14 Responses to Name the language

  1. Podolsky says:

    I think it is Nepali. The sentence-final verb cha is characterictic of this language.

  2. Will says:

    It looks like either Hindi or Nepali. I don’t see the characters characteristic of other languages written with Devanagari ‘variants,’ such as Gujarati or Marathi.

  3. Vivaek says:

    Yup, it’s Nepali. First word is “Koirala” which is a Nepali name, and you are right, the “cha” as well as the word-letter structures similar to Hindi but reminiscent of Sanskrit are characteristic of Nepali.

  4. Vatsala says:

    It is surely Nepali, and not Hindi at all..

  5. Vatsala says:

    This BBC page in Nepali http://www.bbc.co.uk/nepali/ is additional reference to confirm this.

  6. peter j. franke says:

    Nepali it is..

  7. Marta says:

    No idea, but it’s beautiful :) I like your blog!

  8. TJ says:

    Nepalese is written in Devanagari? I didn’t know that at all…
    Is it officially written in Devanagari or there are other variants for the same language?

  9. stormboy says:

    @Will: “I don’t see the characters characteristic of other languages written with Devanagari ‘variants,’ such as Gujarati or Marathi.”

    Although it has its origins in Devanagari, the Gujarati script is now quite distinct and not accessible to someone who only knows Devanagari – it looks quite different (check out the page on the main Omniglot site).

  10. Simon says:

    The answer is Nepali (नेपाली), which is spoken mainly in Nepal.

    The text comes from आजभोलि.com (aajabholi.com)

  11. Peter J. Franke says:

    TJ: Devanagari is the official script for Nepali (and Hindi).

  12. Tommy says:

    I have learned the Devanagari script, but not enough vocabulary to see the difference between Hindi and Nepali, in this case. Aside from knowing the grammar and vocabulary of both languages well enough to tell them apart, are there any other visual clues to look for?

    It would be interesting to see video series on Indo-Aryan languages, kind of like what Dr. Arguelles has done with Germanic languages on YouTube.

  13. Luke says:

    Nepali can sometimes be seen written in Ranjana script, but Nagari is the standard.

  14. archie says:

    either nepali,hindi or sanskrit