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. SiΓ€ch 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 πŸ™‚

  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… πŸ™‚ Could you make that any easier? πŸ˜‰

    (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 xΣ©Σ©ΠΌΠ΅ΠΉ (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 πŸ˜‰

  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! πŸ™‚ thanks for the refreshment! πŸ™‚

  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! πŸ™‚ I’m flattered! πŸ™‚

    I will also update Babel page when I have time for this! πŸ™‚

    MabqΓΊl πŸ™‚

  15. TJ says:

    Oh talking about my page? Yours is more than awesome! πŸ™‚

  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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