Language quiz

Here’s a recording of a mystery language. Can you guess which language it is?

This language is a member of a very widely-distributed language family.

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9 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Anders says:

    “very widely-distributed” – must be indo-european. Sounds Indian to me. I guess Hindi.

  2. AR says:

    Definitely not Hindi. The phonology does not at all support it. If Indian at all, it might have been Tamil, but I doubt it. Besides the Dravidian languages are not widely distributed.
    My guess is Kiswahili. It is part of the widely distributed Niger-Congo language family.

  3. d.m.falk says:

    It’s a west-African tonal language of the Xhosa family, perhaps Xhosa itself.

    d.m.f.

  4. d.m.falk says:

    ….Now having heard it and thought about it….I’m in the mood for some cora music… ;)

    d.m.f.

  5. Daydreamer says:

    I think I’ve heard a bilabial “f” sound in the recording. That makes me believe it’s an African language, but one that can do without a final vowel in every word. Maybe Wolof?

  6. d.m.falk says:

    Wolof is a possibility, and it is a member of the Xhosa family (as is Yoruba and a few others).

    d.m.f.

  7. Simon says:

    The answer is Malagasy, the main language of Madagascar. The recording comes from this site.

  8. BG says:

    Well, the Austronesian family is very widely-distributed.

  9. ISPKN says:

    I knew it was an austronesian language when I heard it but I was going to guess Tagalog.