Name the language

Here’s a recording of a short conversation in an mystery language. Can you figure out which language it is? Any idea what it’s about?

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11 Responses to Name the language

  1. Lillian Sagtit says:

    Its sounds like an asian language, Korean or Vietnamese maybe??

  2. AR says:

    I don’t think its Korean, because the recording is of a language that is undoubtedly tonal, and Korean is not a tonal language.

  3. Josh says:

    It sounds Mon-Khmer… maybe. Is it Lao or Cambodian?

  4. bichofoo says:

    It sounds like Lao or vietnamese?

  5. Joseph Staleknight says:

    Doesn’t it sound Chinese?

  6. Alex says:

    Sounds like a Sino-tibetan language. very tonal maybe cantonese?

  7. bichofoo says:

    My guess is that is a chinese language.
    Definitely Taiwanese or Hakka.

  8. d.m.falk says:

    It’s definitely a Chinese dialect- My first impression is, in fact, Mandarin, perhaps Cantonese. Good choice, too, being that it is the start of the Chinese lunar new year festivities- The year of the Golden Pig. 🙂


  9. dmh says:

    I think I heard huanying, huanying, 欢迎,欢迎, welcome, welcome, near the beginning. And the final -t sound on a couple of words makes me think it’s Cantonese.

  10. Josh says:

    Thanks for the transliteration- hardly anyone seems to bother with that. Not everyone can read Chinese, Hebrew and Arabic.

  11. Simon says:

    The answer is Taiwanese. Here’s a transcription, transliteration and translation:


    Ong5 kau3-siu7, hoan-geng5, hoan-geng5! Chhian2 jip8 lai5 che7

    Chin hoan-hi2 e7-tang3 lai5 lin2 tau.

    Chhian2-che7. Chhian2 iong7 te5. Lan2 seng lai5 khai-kang2, tan2 chito-eo chiah chiah8 png7

    M7-bian2 ma5-hoan5

    Be7 ma5-hoan5, i2-keng long2 chun2-pi7 ho2 ao.


    Wáng jiàoshòu,huānyíng,huānyíng! Qǐng jìnlái zuò.

    Hěn gāoxìng néng lái nǐ jiā.

    Qǐng zuò. Qǐng yòng chá, wǒmen xiān xiánliáo, děng yǐxià cái chīfàn

    Bù bì máfan.

    Bù huì máfan, dōu yǐjīng zhǔnbèi hǎo le.


    Welcome, welcome Professor Wang. Please come in and sit down.

    I’m very happy to be able to visit your home.

    Please have a seat, please have some tea. We’ll have a chat first, then we’ll eat.

    Don’t go to any trouble.

    It’s no trouble, everything is prepared already.

    This conversation comes from 生活台語 (Sing-wa Tai5-gi2), a Taiwanese course I bought in Taiwan.

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