Name the language

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

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

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13 Responses to Name the language

  1. FM says:

    I’m going to guess Kalmyk, because I thought I heard the name of the language (xalmg) in there. But I won’t be surprised if this is totally wrong.

  2. Jurčík says:

    Yes, it sounds like one of Asian languages. Member of the Altaic branch?

  3. TJ says:

    Sounds Turkic somehow… but also like Mongolian when I listen again!

  4. michael farris says:

    My first thought was and former USSR but but I’ll broaden that to “Altaic”.

  5. prase says:

    FM is correct, it is not difficult at all to find the source.

  6. Rauli says:

    Sounds like a hybrid between Turkish and Russian.

  7. jonathan says:

    I was going to say something Kartvelian, from the Caucasus. but that’s mostly because I like the word “Kartvelian”.

  8. bronz says:

    The more I listen to it the more I’m certain it’s Mongolian. I hear some words that I recognize very clearly. The younger voices sound very standard modern Mongolian to me, but I was thrown off by the elderly woman’s accent, which doesn’t sound quite as standard.

    At one point the man asks her:
    ямаар мал? what animals?

    And she lists three things:
    морин horse(s)
    хонь sheep
    тэмээ camel(s)

    I also heard a couple forms of the verb “be”. You can hear the first suffix at the beginning quite a bit.
    байдаг, -дVг (iterative suffix)
    байгаа, -(г)VV (imperfective suffix)

  9. bronz says:

    Ha! I listened to some Kalmyk news, and it sounds insanely similar to Khalkha Mongolian. Apparently there is mutual intelligibility, so I’m not as sure anymore. Now that I’ve checked, my suspicions seem to make sense after all…

  10. TJ says:

    So it is some “dialect” within Mongolian?

  11. Jurčík says:

    Rauli-Russian it certainly isn’t

  12. Simon says:

    The answer is Kalmyk (Хальмг келн), a Mongolic language spoken in Kalmykia in the Russian Federation, and also in China and Mongolia.

    The recording comes from YouTube.

  13. Rauli says:

    Jurčík: Thanks. That was just what I thought it sounded like, because I had no idea what it really was.