Language quiz

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

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8 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Dr. C.S.Lewis-Barrie, Ph.D. says:

    This language is clearly Old Irish, as the speaker clearly says the word “ogham,” “oghama” several times near the beginning.

    Thank you.

  2. TJ says:

    it is sorta … Hamitic language … maybe amharic

    there are some sounds that are not present in european languages like the hard fricative H and the plosive Q like in Arabic.

  3. James says:

    My first feeling was that the phonology is similar to arabic, and that there are sounds that you hear in British asian english.. But what it is :(

  4. Daydreamer says:

    The bilabial “f”, that I’m sure I’ve heard, combined with otherwise semitic phonemes seem to point to Northern Africa. So I guess it’s Haussa or Wolof (if the speaker really talks about the country of Gambia).

  5. Daydreamer says:

    Second time around…
    I’m now convinced that our mystery language of the day is more Semito-Hamitic than African.
    I’m finally settling on Somali.

  6. Podolsky says:

    An Ethio-Semitic language but not Amharic. It may be one of the Gurage group, Soddo or Chaha.

  7. Simon says:

    Daydreamer got it right – the language is Somali and the recording comes from Radio Sweden International.

  8. TJ says:

    the only word i know from Somali is: ma ga`ah? (means: whats ur name?)