Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

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

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17 Responses to Language quiz

  1. xarxa says:

    very vague feeling that its something spoken near somalia..? but then we had bench last time… not sure at ll!

  2. joe mock says:

    Subcontinent somewhere – related to Hindi/Urdu, Muslim names but ‘t sound like Punjabi or any of the dialects I’m familiar with.

  3. xarxa says:

    i have the vague idea that this is spoken somewhere near s*malia (it wouldnt let me post last time when i spelled out the word)..? but having had bench already… im not sure!

  4. d.m.falk says:



  5. Daydreamer says:

    Weird suggestion: the Dravidian language Brahui spoken in Pakistan?

  6. Christopher Miller says:

    All I can say is that the overall sound — syllable structure, stress patterns, intonation, word endings etc. — sounds Dravidian to me. With the apparent Arabic loanwords sprinkled here and there throughout the recording, I would guess this might be Brahui from southwestern Pakistan. But it might just be a southern Dravidian language like Kannada or Telugu spoken by a Muslim from those areas….

    Or not Dravidian at all… I tried listening for the trilled L sound of Pashto but couldn’t hear any, so I’m guessing it probably isn’t Pashto.


  7. Hurrdurr says:

    Eastern indian accent, with slight intonation. My guess is manipuri…

  8. TJ says:

    Ok gona try my luck once more here !

  9. Maybe Konkani???- spoken in India.

  10. P. says:

    Malayalam? (Just a wild guess)

  11. Simon says:

    Here’s a clue – this language is spoken mainly in Sudan.

  12. bennie says:

    Simon’s been throwing pretty hard ones at us lately. Using his hint, another wild guess–>


  13. Because South Sudan is in the news lately, my guess is Dinka (Thuongjang).

  14. Simon says:

    Another clue – this language is spoken in northern Sudan, around Darfur, and also in Chad.

  15. Christopher Miller says:

    I’ll hazard a relatively wild guess at Fur and not venture any further than that.

    (For what it’s worth, I can console myself with the fact that “Darfur” and the first two syllables of “Dravidian”at least share certain consonants, vowels and C place/V height features!)

  16. jimutavahana says:

    Zaghawa? I don’t know anything about linguistics but this should be the only language that matches the geographical location

  17. Simon says:

    The answer is Zaghawa, a Nilo-Saharan language spoken in Sudan, Chad and Libya.

    The recording comes from the Global Recordings Network.

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