Language quiz

Today we have recordings of a number of people from different countries speaking Spanish. Can you work out which countries they come from?

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14 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Colm says:

    They say when you dont know you just guess! 🙂

    1) Porto Rico
    2) Spain
    3) Boliva
    4) Cuba
    5) Ecuador

  2. JD says:

    1) Spain
    2) Guatemala
    3) Peru
    5) Mexico

    I have to say this was quite hard!

  3. Osman says:

    I really wonder who will know the answer correctly. Can you also provide your guess’ reasons? if you say 4 is Spain, why do you think so? A word, a sentence, way of pronunciation? If you share your reasons, that would help us a lot 🙂

    All i can say that Argentina, Mexico and Spain are in the list. I don’t know exactly why but they sound closer to me. I haven’t heard the other Spanish accents except Colombia. But i am sooo newbie to match them yet!

  4. Mike says:

    Wow! For speaking Spanish since age 10, this was a lot harder than I thought it’d be.
    1 – Spain 99% positive. The c’s and z’s pronounced as /th/ are dead give-aways.
    2 – No idea, random guess of Mexico.
    3 – An educated guess of Argentina, simply because of the melody of the speaker.
    4 – A slightly less educated guess of Peru, because I once befriended this old Peruvian lady who sounded a lot like the guy talking in this recording, but the only phonetic clues I really heard were /g,d,b/ reduction which is super common in all dialects of Spanish
    5 – No idea – Random guess of Venezuela.

  5. Mike says:

    I’d be curious for a French quiz like this. I don’t mean lecture, but especially with Spanish (less for French, and not so with English) and probably many languages, regional accents get white-washed to an official standard in a lot of news broadcasts and the like. For instance in Quebec, on Radio-Canada, 4 times out of 5 it’s hard to tell the difference if someone’s French or Quebecois. Of course if you go up to Joe Shmoe on the street, it slaps you pretty hard one way or the other. Perhaps some lexical differences can be heard on the news, but most of the phonological characteristics of Quebecois disappear or are severely reduced on official broadcasting.

  6. Lektu says:

    1.- Spain (100% sure; I’m a spaniard)
    2.- Chile?
    3.- Argentina or Uruguay
    4.- Venezuela?
    5.- Mexico

  7. Dennison says:

    The only one I’m pretty confident about answering is number 1, which is Spain, is it not?

    I remember a couple of years ago, my friend was telling me about her trip to Spain. She mentioned that they pronounce Barcelona as “BAR-theh-LO-na”–the c’s and z’s pronounced as /th/, as Mike noted above. I’m kinda pleased that it stuck with me. Heh..

  8. Simon says:

    Here are the answers

    Recording 1
    Country: Spain
    Radio Station: Onda Cero (Madrid)

    Recording 2
    Country: Mexico
    Radio Station: RN96.5 (Veracruz)

    Recording 3
    Country: Argentina
    Radio Station: Continental 590 AM

    Recording 4
    Country: Paraguay
    Radio Station: Radio Ñandutí (Asunción)

    Recording 5
    Country: Cuba
    Radio Station: Radio Progreso (Havana)

  9. BnB says:

    I was listening for the swallowed s’es of Cuba and didn’t hear them… the last one surprises me… Even though I didn’t log in, I got the first 3 right anyway…

  10. Evans Knight says:

    i agree with BnB…I would never have guessed that that was Cuban. I spend about 33% of my time with cuban spanish speakers, and they sound nothing like that.

  11. James says:

    that WAS hard, 1 was easy though (I initially lived in Spain to learn Spanish). the rest threw me.
    2 was clearly central american, but I was not sure from where
    3 The concerje in my building (I live in chile) is from argentina and sounds nothing like this. You could have given us a few ll s which is the dead give away for argentina/Uraguay.
    4 I should have got this as one of my students is from Paraguay and the lilt is very obvious. A few more ´gringo´ r´s would have made it easier. Paraguayans tend not to have a trilled r
    5 Still surprised to hear that this was cuban, though again it was some sort of central american spanish.

    re 3 and 5 esp they did have radio voices, which is to say that they were speaking a fairly neutral spanish. If you had got some phone ins that would hvae been much more revealing.

    Please do another one! I love this sort of thing


  12. This was a fun pop quiz! I like how you slipped in an audio sample from Paraguay…probably one of the last places most people would’ve even thought about.

    Any plans to reprise this quiz with new accent samples from around the Spanish-speaking world?

  13. Simon says:

    Bilingual Blogger – I am planning to do more quizzes like this for Spanish and other languages. Finding suitable recordings isn’t always easy though.

  14. Damian says:


    I’m an Irish man living in Miami and speak spanish daily pretty well. I KNOW how the cuban accent sounds and that commentator’s accent is not your typical cuban accent from Havana. Eastern Cuba sounds very different ..I wonder was he from there. I live with Cubans and hear it all the time. Just listen to Radio Mambi… THERE’S the real thing.

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