Name the language

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

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

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17 Responses to Name the language

  1. Yenlit says:

    Hmm I don’t know which language it is but it sounds like somewhere between Russian and Japanese??

  2. prase says:

    Mongolian? Manchu? It really sounds like mix of Russian and Japanese (or Yiddish and Japanese).

  3. Christopher Miller says:

    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.

  4. joe mock says:

    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.

  5. Podolsky says:

    It sounds like Mongol.

  6. Daydreamer says:

    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?

  7. pennifer says:

    It sounds like someone with a Russian accent speaking something like Mongolian, but not actually that.

  8. Johnny Bowles says:

    Pretty sure that’s Mongolian…

  9. TJ says:

    I think Mongol as well…

  10. bennie says:

    Sort of sounds like a mix between Japanese, Korean and Mongolian.

  11. michael farris says:

    I’m gonna guess Mongolic, can’t get any closer.

  12. P. says:

    Uighur? Tatar? That’s all I’ve got, at least.

  13. d.m.falk says:

    My first thought is Mongolian, but just to toss in another guess, I’m gonna say it might be Tuvan. :)

    d.m.f.

  14. Eee says:

    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.

  15. Simon says:

    The answer is Mongolian (монгол), which is spoken in Mongolia, China and Russia

    The recording comes from CRI (China Radio International).

  16. d.m.falk says:

    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.

    d.m.f.

  17. jamin says:

    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!