Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

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

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22 Responses to Language quiz

  1. xarxa says:

    wow, i havent got a clue. sounds vaguely somali-ish?

  2. Rauli says:

    Sounds like a Semitic language. Other than that, no idea.

  3. Jurčík says:

    Hebrew? I heard the word xoven.

  4. d.m.falk says:

    Didn’t sound Semitic at all to me, but rather Turkic/Altaic– I’ll hazard a guess and say it’s Uyghur. As usual, I could be wrong.

    d.m.f.

  5. Andrew says:

    Sounds vaguely Slavic. Honestly though, no clue. Props to whoever gets this one.

  6. Mateusz says:

    Mongolian perhaps?

  7. Jurčík says:

    For Andrew: This isn’t Slavic language!

  8. Sounds like a drunk man talking!

  9. fiosachd says:

    I’ll go for Kazakh-Kirghiz-Uzbek.

  10. Christopher Miller says:

    With the consonant clusters and the gutturals (especially the voiceless pharyngeal fricative) I would guess Noxchi (Chechen) or something closely related.

  11. michael farris says:

    Guessing something Caucasian, but beyond that I have no idea.

  12. Simon says:

    Christopher and Michael are on the right lines – it is a Caucasian language.

  13. Leonardo C. says:

    Georgian, maybe? Lots of guttural sounds…

  14. michael farris says:

    I’ll take a wild guess and say Adyge (just cause it’s the first non-Georgian language of the reason that came to mind).

  15. Christopher Miller says:

    I was thinking maybe Adyghe as well, as an alternative; Ubykh perhaps? (These are just names of languages I know of in the Caucasus; otherwise I know nothing about them really.) If this is a language of the Caucasus, I don’t think it’s Kartvelic (i.e. closely related to Georgian). If one of the two above languages turn out to be Kartvelic, I request everyone to have a good laugh at my expense.

  16. Eee says:

    Maybe Azeri? Just guessing.

  17. FM says:

    Abkhaz? Avar? Laz? Tsez? (yeah, I’m just throwing out names of languages off the top of my head…)

  18. Jurčík says:

    Abhkaz or Georgian?

  19. Greg says:

    It’s interesting to note how whenever a language appears that does not seem to fit any obvious category, so many people seem to jump to Georgian.

    Although this is definitely not Georgian, I would still guess that it’s one of the northern Caucasian languagues; either NW, Central or NE. So in the neighborhood of Adyg, Chechen, Ingush or perhaps a Daghestani languages like Avar.

  20. Jurčík says:

    Myslím si, že je to tamilština.

  21. Simon says:

    The answer is Abkhaz (аҧсуа бызшәа), which is spoken mainly in Abkhazia in Georgia.

    The recording comes from YouTube.

  22. fiosachd says:

    So, it’s a part – or an edited version – of this exchange:

    – You got anything to say, stranger?
    – I said it all at my trial. You didn’t believe me then.
    – String him up! Kill the horse thief!
    – You, uh … you wanna know my name before you hang me?
    – Not particularly. Just your last words.
    – I demand a re-count.
    – We’ve been all through that before. It was your word against the Garrett boys, three of the finest men I know … born and bred right here in this town.
    – Three of the finest liars you know?
    – Stealing a man’s horse in this country is worse than stealing his wife. There’s been too much of this thing going on and I’m going to put a stop to it.
    – Horse stealing or wife stealing, Judge?
    – Let’s get on with it. I got some steers want brandin’.
    – I’m a reasonable man, Judge.
    – Give him a re-count.
    – All right, Coley. Whatever you say.