Language quiz

Today’s mystery language is an Austronesian language spoken mainly on one island in the Pacific. Can you guess or do you know which language it is?

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8 Responses to Language quiz

  1. David says:

    Tahitian? Just a wild guess…

  2. BG says:

    My randomn guess is Bugis. I don’t think it can be Tahitian because it is spoken on many islands.

  3. pittmirg says:

    Drehu? :D

  4. Tony Allan says:

    Is it Tongan?

  5. renato figueiredo says:

    For me it likes as Nauruan, isn’t it?

  6. Simon says:

    The answer is Drehu, one of the languages I added to Omniglot this week. It’s spoken on Lifou Island (Île Loyauté), one of the Loyalty Islands, which are part of New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Calédonie).

    The recording is part of a story about the Tongans. You can find the whole story with translations into English and French here.

  7. Tony Allan says:

    I picked up the word “Tonga” a few times on the tape. That’s why I guessed Tongan. I should have known it wouldn’t be that simple. I suspected it was something other than a Polynesian language, actually, because there were a few words ending in consonants, including ‘m’.

    I’ve only just discovered your website, and think it’s great. I think you can hear most of the world’s languages spoken at some time here in my home city of Melbourne, Australia.

  8. Richard says:

    perhaps Yap?