Name the language

Here is a recording of a mystery language. Any ideas which language it is?

This language is spoken mainly on an island, and is related to languages spoken on a nearby continent.

By the way, I’ll be away for the next two weeks on the Summer Welsh course at the University of Wales Lampeter. During that time, I probably won’t be able to answer all your emails and I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to post stuff on this blog. I’ll be back on 1st July.

Yn ystod y pythefnos nesa, bydda i’n dysgu mwy o Gymraeg ar y Cwrs Haf Cymraeg yn y Prifysgol Cymru, Llanbedr Pont Steffan. Bydda i’n ôl 1 Gorffenaf.

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12 Responses to Name the language

  1. AR says:

    Maltese? It sounded like Arabic.

  2. Daydreamer says:

    It sounds like Japanese to me, but as Japan consists of more than one island, it wouldn’t fit.
    What about Ainu, spoken on one Japanese island and related to Mandchu-Tungus languages in nearby Asia?

    @ AR
    It’s definitely not Maltese.

  3. TJ says:

    hehe it is definetely not even close to Arabic, so I don’t think it is maltese
    I would agree with Daydreamer … I think it’s Ainu

  4. Daydreamer says:

    So sorry!
    Ainu is regarded not to be related to any other language. I should have looked it up before giving my opinion.

    Hope you have a nice time, Simon.

  5. Lau says:

    Sound a lot like Greenlandic to me

  6. TJ says:

    some where I heard “shita” which I remember this to be some of the verb endings in japanese …. but … it doesn’t sound japanese too ! ……… I thought of Icelandic but … I didn’t recognize something like ð or þ.
    My ears recognize some glottal sound like Q (as in arabic) … so if it is not ainu … i would say it is some where in asia!

  7. TJ says:

    Lau: greenlandic, you mean the Eskimos’ language?

  8. BG says:

    Greenlandic seems to be a good guess. It is spoken on an island next to a continent with related languages (North America) and it does contain the [q] sound, so I am guessing that.

  9. BG says:

    Oh yea, have fun on your trip Simon. In a few days I am also going on a trip, to Germany (and Austria as well as Venice) to tour and practice my German.

  10. Simon says:

    It is Greenlandic and comes from KNR (Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa), a.k.a. Greenland National Broadcasting Company.

  11. d.m.falk says:

    Three languages are commonly heard on Greenland- The two official languages of Grrenlandic and Danish, as well as English, thanks in large part to Greenland having 2 or 3 bases on this giant island. Greenlandic is indeed an evolved Inuit (“Eskimo”, of you prefer- the Inuit don’t) language, but unlike the Inuktitut of northern Quebec and the territory of Nunavut, it’s not written in the syllabary, but rather in the Latin alphabet.

    I have been waiting a long time for KNR to do live dreaming of its broadcasts…


  12. d.m.falk says:

    Streaming, not dreaming…though I must be! :P