Name the language

Here’s a recording of a mystery language.

Can you work out which language it is and what it means?

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5 Responses to Name the language

  1. Daydreamer says:

    I think it’s Indonesian. The only word familiar to me is ‘orang’ (human being) right at the beginning. Don’t know, though, what it’s all about.

  2. Guido R. says:

    Indonesian indeed.
    Here on omniglot one can hear the same text, the Declaration of Human Rights, on the site for Indonesian.
    The speaker, conspicuously, has a uvular /r/ which lets me doubt, if he is a native speaker. To my knowledge Indonesian has apical /r/ as a rule.

  3. David says:

    I also agree, It’s indonesian. The only thing I could understand was ‘satu’= one….

  4. Simon says:

    It is indeed Indonesian.

    This week I’ve copied recordings of Article 1 of the Universal Human Rights (my standard sample text) in a number of languages from Librivox, including this Indonesian one.

  5. John M says:

    It also contains “merdeka”, the Malay for freedom; but Indonesian and Malay must be very closely related?

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