Language quiz

Here is a recording in a mystery language and in an unusual style. Can you name the language and/or the style of singing?

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16 Responses to Language quiz

  1. TJ says:

    The style seems like the one used by the aboriginis of Australia … but the language, sounds a bit like European to me … anyway I’m not experienced with languages of natives of Australia and didn’t hear one before!

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

    That’s throat-singing, though in this example the singer only harmonicizes for a few brief seconds. Perhaps Tuvan.

  3. Siäch says:

    It’s throat singing from Tuva. The Tuvan language it self is related to the Turkic languages and is mainly spoken in the Russian Republik of Tuva. I think I’ve also recognized the voice of the singer. His name is Kongar-ol Ondar.

  4. suchosch says:

    I think it’s Mongolian throat singing. My first burned CD was recording of Altai Hangai 🙂

  5. Ben says:

    I’d say Tuvan, probably the Khoomei (specific) style.

    I’m actually an amateur throatsinger myself. It’s a good clip.


  6. TJ says:

    Just a question here … do you guys talk about Tuva the island in the pacific? is it the same as Tuva the russian republic?? or I’m mixing stuff here? (I guess I am!!!)

  7. d.m.falk says:

    It is Tuvan, it is Ondar singing in khoomei style… 🙂 Could you make that any easier? 😉

    (Who likes khoomei…)

  8. d.m.falk says:

    TJ: You’re thinking Suva, Fiji, aren’t you. There’s also the island country of Tuvalu as well.


  9. Simon says:

    The answer is indeed Tuvan, a Turkic language spoken in parts of Siberia, and this is an example of throat singing or xөөмей (khoomei), which is also known as overtone chanting or harmonic singing. This recording comes from a group of Tuvan throat singers called Chirgilchin.

  10. pittmirg says:

    WMP told me it’s a song of a band called Chirgilchin, and Wikipedia told me that the band is Tuvan. So I presume the language is Tuvan 😉

  11. pittmirg says:

    Simon, I hadn’t refreshed the page so I didn’t notice your answer.

  12. TJ says:

    d.m.falk: oh yes…I mixed up with Tuvalu! 🙂 thanks for the refreshment! 🙂

  13. Travis says:

    TJ… your website is fantastic. The special effects are a great touch in the letters and numbers section. I also visited your reading of the Babel text. It’s a gorgeous language to listen to, and the writing is equal to the speech. I bookmarked your site on my computer as the detailed grammar and vocabulary pages will take more than a casual visit. SidQra luka

  14. TJ says:

    Oh thank you! 🙂 I’m flattered! 🙂

    I will also update Babel page when I have time for this! 🙂

    Mabqúl 🙂

  15. TJ says:

    Oh talking about my page? Yours is more than awesome! 🙂

  16. d.m.falk says:

    Just for what it’s worth, if old stamps are any indication, Tuvan was at one time written in the traditional Mongolian script.


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