Name the language

Here’s a recording of a song (2.7MB) in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it is and where it’s spoken?

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19 Responses to Name the language

  1. Aeetlrcreejl says:

    Wild guess: Azeri or Arabic.

  2. Aeetlrcreejl says:

    Definitely something Semitic or Turkic.

  3. ٍAbdul-Rahman says:

    It’s not Arabic.

  4. David Thin says:

    Nor is Hungarian. :)

  5. Daydreamer says:

    Considering the prevailing occurence of the vowel “a” in the lyrics, I guess it’s some Caucasian language. Maybe Abkhaz?

  6. urubu says:

    Probably one of the more obscure scions of the Turkic family.

  7. prase says:

    Romanian?

  8. Jerry says:

    Could it be Basque?

  9. BG says:

    I don’t think its Indo-European or Basque. Probably Turkic or Caucasian.

  10. Podolsky says:

    One of the Turkic languages of Central Asia.

  11. Simon says:

    Here’s a clue – it is a Turkic language.

  12. Aeetlrcreejl says:

    Bashkir?

  13. Daydreamer says:

    Hmm…
    If it was a Turkic language spoken in Central Asia, the music would sound quite differently, wouldn’t it? With the pan-flute pointing to the Balkans, I guess it’s Gagauz.

  14. renato figueiredo says:

    I heard some Turkmen words. I’ll stay with this Turkic language

  15. Jonathan Katz says:

    How about ordinary Turkish?

  16. Simon says:

    It doesn’t look like anyone is going to get this one, so here’s the answer: the language is Kazakh, which is spoken in Kazakhstan, Russian and China.

    The song is called Asil ajem and comes from YouTube. The singer is called Qarakat and accompanies herself on an instrument called the dombra.

  17. karin says:

    I was going to say that it sounded turkish – chinese but then you had given away the answer and Kazakhstan is situated inbetween. It was fun guessing. I am happy to have found your blog. I’m from Sweden, I speak Swedish, English, French, Spanish, a little German and a little Italian too. I can understand some phrases in Finnish and of course I understand Norvegian and Danish since I’m Swedish. I am really fond of languages so I enjoyed your blog.

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