Here’s a recording in a mystery language.
Can you guess the language and where it’s spoken?
Hmm I don’t know which language it is but it sounds like somewhere between Russian and Japanese??
Mongolian? Manchu? It really sounds like mix of Russian and Japanese (or Yiddish and Japanese).
My first reaction is that it sounds like something from Central Asia (in the broad sense), but I’ll have to give it a few more listens to make sure of what I hear.
The delivery calls Japanese or Korean to mind, but it’s obviously neither – so perhaps Altaic & Central Asian, though for that one would expect some recognizable loanwords, and I don’t catch any.
It sounds like Mongol.
I have not the slightest idea. But, since all the suggestions concentrate on Far East Asia: What about Ainu, spoken by the indigenous people of Japan?
It sounds like someone with a Russian accent speaking something like Mongolian, but not actually that.
Pretty sure that’s Mongolian…
I think Mongol as well…
Sort of sounds like a mix between Japanese, Korean and Mongolian.
I’m gonna guess Mongolic, can’t get any closer.
Uighur? Tatar? That’s all I’ve got, at least.
My first thought is Mongolian, but just to toss in another guess, I’m gonna say it might be Tuvan. :)
Something in the Central Asia/Siberia neighborhood, as others have said. I’ll throw out Yakut/Sahka, as much because it hasn’t been mentioned.
The answer is Mongolian (монгол), which is spoken in Mongolia, China and Russia
The recording comes from CRI (China Radio International).
Just to add, Simon- CNR (Chinese National Radio), the domestic side of CRI, also has one channel in Mongolian– I periodically listen to it on my iPod touch with the CNR app. I don’t have a link handy for the audio stream, sorry.
unbelievable – i listened to the clip very quietly on tiny speakers with russian tv blaring in the background — intuition said mongolian but thought maybe japanese dialect :)… wow! maybe I can be a linguist after all!
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