Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it is?

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15 Responses to Language quiz

  1. C.S. Lewis-Barrie says:

    This is Raman, a threatened and rare dialect spoken by about 40 people in North Africa. It began life as a pidgin between the Vulgar Latin of Roman troops and the locally spoken variety of Arabic, but over time leveled as an extremely Latinized Arab dialect; i.e., about two-thirds of its vocabulary is Latin-derived but its grammar is simplified Arabic.

  2. Grant Hayes says:

    It sounds CV-syllabic and I hear something like [wa] a couple of times. It doesn’t quite sound like the Tokyo standard, so maybe it’s another dialect of Japanese or Ryukyuan?

    A crude transcription yields:

    amamiro azadinti wa karu mafade wa katin

    which is consistent with Japanese phonology.

    I don’t know Japanese so I can’t make any sense or guesses out of that, perhaps someone else here can?

  3. Rmss says:

    Errr, this is clearly NOT a far-eastern language, but rather an Arabic-like language…

  4. TJ says:

    Well … sounds like eastern ….. but it is definetely nor Arabic …… and I can’t track much similarities with Arabic except of one word … “Dunyaaye” which sounds like “Dunya” in Arabic which means “life”

    it has a sense of some perso-related languages … some where from central asia i would say !

  5. Daydreamer says:

    Never heard of ‘Raman’, but a blend of Romance and Arabic makes sense. So I would have gone for Maltese – if there were one “L” or another to be heard.
    Starting all over again I’d rather settle with an Iranian language (how about Tajik?).

  6. John Stainer says:

    Does sound awfully like Japanese, appart from the guttural noises…it’s not somethig related to Japanese like Ainu or Okinawan is it?

  7. John Stainer says:

    Or is it something Eastern that has Arab influence, like Malay?

  8. Polly says:

    Sounded like a mixture of Japanese and Arabic. From Indonesia?
    I’m lousy at these.

  9. Halabund says:

    A little bit of listening and googleing turned up this. (It is clearly the first paragraph.)

    So it is Kurdish.

  10. Stella says:

    No clue which language it is. It doesn’t sound like Japanese to me, and nor does it sound like Indonesian. I guess that it’s a western language.

  11. Simon says:

    Interesting guesses – it is in fact Kurdish and is article one of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, well googled Halabund!

  12. Ben says:

    Ah, God! I knew it! I should have posted earlier!

    Anyways, I can at least get cred for saying it’s Kurmanci, right?


  13. Simon says:

    I’m fairly sure it’s Kurmanci.

  14. Evans Knight says:

    in response to TJ: doesn’t dunya mean “world” in arabic? I thought life was “hayati”

  15. Evans Knight says:

    also, in response to the first comment: Arabic wasn’t spoken in North Africa until well after the Romans fell. how would that synthesis be possible?

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