Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

Do you know or can you guess the language and where it’s spoken?

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12 Responses to Language quiz

  1. lukas says:

    It sounds like an archaic dialect of Arabic, or a language heavily influenced by it. Mehri, maybe?

  2. TJ says:

    Somali, I guess.

    It has a semitic sense to it.

  3. TJ says:

    @lukas: there are some Arabic-like words. I could figure out words like “hizb” (political party) and other things related to military or something. I guess it is a news broadcast. And I’m guessing Somali because I heard him say “Maqdisho”.

  4. Athel Cornish-Bowden says:

    I thought it was probably Somali (because of the mention of Mogadiscio near the end). However, I was surprised at how many individual words sounded vaguely Spanish

  5. Jayan says:

    it sounds rather strange to be a news broadcast, I don’t know maybe the intonation patterns are part of the language…

  6. P. says:

    Based on the intonation, I assumed it was some sort of political or religious broadcast. My guess had been something in the Turkic family, but I like TJ’s suggestion of Somali.

  7. joe mock says:

    Somali? Sounds like but isn’t quite Arabic …. I think I heard Mogadishu.

  8. prase says:

    It differentiates between long and short vowels, which Somali does, but other languages from the Cushitic family also do. After comparing with the older Somali quiz
    http://www.omniglot.com/blog/?p=769
    I think it isn’t totally the same, so I would guess it is, for example, Oromo.

  9. Simon says:

    The answer is Somali (af Soomaali), spoken mainly in Somalia

    The recording comes from Radio Banadir

  10. TJ says:

    I GOT ITTTTT
    WAHAHAHA

    :)

    so I get anything for it? :/

  11. Christopher Miller says:

    All expenses paid holiday in Muqdiisho?
    Or… hmmm….
    ;-)

  12. TJ says:

    LOL in a seocond thought… I think I will get myself busy in this boring office for the time being…