Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

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

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11 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Drabkikker says:

    I’m not into tonal African languages much, but this definitely sounds like one.

  2. It sounded to me like some sort of French Creole.

  3. Nick says:

    I hear a lot of French sounding cadence along with a lot of African style cadence. Is it Sango?

  4. fiosachd says:

    There are some similarities with what little I’ve discovered about the Central Narrow Bantu languages – perhaps a language from the Zigula-Zaramo, Bena-Kinga, Rwanda-Rundi groups?

  5. Christopher Miller says:

    It sounds very much like Twi or possibly another closely related language in Ghana or perhaps Ivory Coast. The /fr/ and /br/ clusters are very typical of languages in this area and as far as I know are rare in other African languages.

  6. Christopher Miller says:

    Also the /nji/ and /fja/; I also hear /z/ and a voiced bilabial fricative which as far as I know don’t occur in Twi. Perhaps Ewe from Togo or a neighbouring language of Benin? In any case, I’m certain this language comes from the general area.

  7. Petréa Mitchell says:

    I’m with Drabkikker. I also think I hear a lot of reduplication, but that doesn’t help me any.

  8. bronz says:

    I agree, it’s definitely a tonal African language. No idea which one though, except it’s most definitely not one of the Bantu languages in the south.

    I wonder if it’s a two-tiered tone system? On the surface there’s mostly high and low, some rising, and extremely few falling. Not sure if there is a separate mid tone. Sometimes it does seem like there is an extra-high tone, though.

  9. Simon says:

    The answer is Ewe (Eʋegbe), which is spoken in Ghana, Togo and Benin.

    The recording comes from YouTube.

  10. d.m.falk says:

    I’d love to hear ewe in the context of a typical radio broadcast…. Such a beautiful tonal language. :)

    d.m.f.

  11. Jurčík says:

    For d.m.falk:
    I love Ewe language too :)