Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

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

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18 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Andrew says:

    Something Slavic. Beyond that, I have no idea.

  2. Christopher Miller says:

    Sounds like Lithuanian with the consonant clusters, rising tone accents, and the -a, -as, -is endings. And do I hear škuola/s, which I guess probably means school, several times?

  3. Will Athol says:

    I would say something in the Baltic area. I am not set on Lithuanian, but the only other living language is Latvian, so I don’t know.

    I will just say something spoken in the Baltic area, and probably Indo-European.

  4. Andrew says:

    Some dialect of Japanese?

  5. pennifer says:

    I can catch a few Slavic sounding words – odnako, vreme – and some of the structure seems vaguely Slavic, but I can’t hear it well enough to make out more. Something geographically closer to Poland/Polish (but not Polish itself). I wouldn’t be surprised to hear it’s a nearby non-Slavic language though.

  6. Rauli says:

    To my untrained ears, it sounded similar to Spanish. Then again, I think Portuguese sounds a lot like Russian, so it could easily be something from Eastern Europe as well.

  7. TJ says:

    a shot in the dark………Albanian?

  8. Simon says:

    Here’s a clue – it’s a Turkic language.

  9. joe mock says:

    It sounds like it should be Indoeuropean but I can’t pick up anything to hang that moniker on, so to speak. Not a clue

  10. fiosachd says:

    I think it’s Tuvan (Тыва дыл).

  11. Jurčík says:

    No idea, isn’t it Tatar?

  12. Christopher Miller says:

    Well, this is getting interestinger and interestinger…

    To my ears, it sounds very much like Lithuanian, with distortions that sound to me like the speech of a quite old person.

    If it’s Turkic, then it certainly doesn’t sound to me like a typical southwestern or central Asian Turkic language. Which leaves me to guess at either Yakut/Sakha or one of the Volga Turkic languages: Chuvash or Bashkir, perhaps?

  13. fiosachd says:

    It’s definitely Sayan Turkic, not, e.g., Sakha. I can’t make out much at all, but it’s something to do with a ‘story’ (тоол) and ‘storytelling’ (тоолда-), though I don’t think she’s actually telling a story in the clip itself.

  14. michael farris says:

    Chuvash? (wild guess)

  15. TJ says:

    Turkic hmmmmmmmmmmm……….. then .. Portuguese :D

  16. bronz says:

    Sounds somewhat Mongolic to me, so I’d go for something nearer to Mongolia. Tuvan or perhaps Altai? Or less likely Khakhas…

  17. Simon says:

    The answer is Tuvan (Тыва дыл), a Turkic language spoken in the Republic of Tuva in southern Siberia.

    The recording comes from YouTube.