Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

Can you guess the language and where it’s spoken?

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15 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Yenlit says:

    On first listening my initial thought is that it is a language of the Indian sub-continent?

  2. michael farris says:

    My first wild guess is Assamese.

  3. lukas says:

    Somewhere in the Caucasus is my guess.

  4. MäcØSŸ says:

    Definitely from India. Marathi?

  5. Vivaek says:

    Very clearly an Indian language. Not Dravidian.
    Quite conservative as a branch from Sanskrit I’d say…not anything major like Marathi Hindi Gujarati Punjabi or Bengali.

  6. Petréa Mitchell says:

    I’m going for the Indian subcontinent too.

    Wilder guess: BBC broadcast in the local language. (Okay, just because I think I heard “Englander” in intro.)

  7. Dennis King says:

    Good heavens! It’s full of Sanskrit-origin words, but the prosodic features sound quite non-IE.

  8. David Forsman says:

    Meitei? northeastern Indian perhaps. sounds rather proper, like a newscast though.

  9. Evans Knight says:

    it’s definitely not hindi or urdu, and i’m not particularly familiar with much of other South Asian languages, which it clearly is. Oriya, perhaps? or maybe a Maithili language from Bihar?

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  11. michael farris says:

    I’m also thinking vaguely of Manipuri. I’m getting some very non-Indian prosodic features so I think of north/northeast India (also related to my Assamese guess).

    Haven’t found any samples of Oriya or Marathi that sound much like it, Assamese is maybe the closest sounding so far…

  12. Yenlit says:

    Could it be Kashmiri? – I’m not that au fait with Indian languages to be honest.

  13. Bennie says:

    This has got to be Sinhala (Sinhalese).

  14. Simon says:

    The language is Sinhalese (සිංහල), which is spoken in mainly in Sri Lanka.

    The recording comes from China Radio International (CRI).

  15. jonathan says:

    FYI, I think there’s a mis-link. Your ‘Sinhalese’ link to Omniglot goes to Sundanese. My mind was severely bent getting a Polynesian language over to Sri Lanka.

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