Here’s a recording in a mystery language.
Can you guess the language and where it’s spoken?
Something from the Indian subcontinent.
The R’s and “SH” sounds though are hmmm confusing…
I heard ‘Kannada’….so I assume it’s the Dravidian language Kannada, the official language of the state of Karnataka. But I might be wrong because at the very beginning, there was the greetings ‘Namaskar’….So it could be an Indo-European language of South Asia.
I’d say definitely Indian sub-continent, and not Indo-European. I also thought I heard Kannada. The rhythm was not like Hindi/Marathi, nor was the sound pallet. I’d guess South India.
@Bennie: South Indian languages have lots of Sanskrit loan words, and namaskar is pan-Indian.
A lot of retroflex consonants; it sounds Dravidian. I heard the word Karnataka; most probably it’s Kannada.
Same guess, same reasons!
Definitely Kannada, a South Indian language…and the recording comes from Stanford University, I believe, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I also guessed Kannada.
…. and I thought Canadians speak English! :)
i dont think its dravidian, but i dont know a lot about south-asian languages. ill just go with gujarati
I assumed Dravidian right away but it didn’t sound so much like my impressions of Tamil (more rat a tat) or Malayalam (also) or Telegu (more melodic?) so I’ll go with Kannada.
I’m definitely going with Kannada. Second guess is Tamil, but I doubt it.
I’m going for Tamil.
I heard several Spanish words in there (“cuando”, definitely) so I’m not so sure about the Indian guess. Whatever it is, it’s got a good bit of romance language influence in it. Tagalog? Probably not, but that’s the only thing I can think of besides Catalan, and it’s probably not Catalan…
The pronunciation is very Indian. I have also heard Karnataka, so there is a very little possibility that it is anything else than Kannada.
The music alone throws this recording right into the subcontinent- and I didn’t hear any spanish or anything remotely romance except the word “university” which of course is Latin run through English. I don’t know much about Indian language, but I know Hindi when I hear it and can tell the difference between that and Tamil- and this didn’t sound like Tamil to me either. I also heard “Karnataka” so, I’m gonna go with Kannada as well.
It looks like Kristang spoken in Goa,South India, it is a mixed of Portuguese and konkani.
The answer is Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ), which is spoken in the Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
The recording comes from KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM.
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