Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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16 Responses to Language quiz

  1. cl says:

    Sounds like an Indian language.

  2. Jeremy says:

    Afghan or some dravidian language

  3. prase says:

    Some variant of Persian, perhaps Tadjiki.

  4. Daniel says:

    I second the Persian similarity.
    I heard a lot of Persian elements like the -an suffix, “beraber”, “nish”, “doste”, “dar”.

  5. karen says:

    Romany (I’m not sure I’ve got that right. Rom? Romish?)

  6. YankeeTranslator says:

    I couldn’t make out any Arabic words, so I highly doubt it’s any of the Islamicate languages, hence Tajiki is unlikely. I am not really familiar with the languages of India, but since Hindi is heavily laced with Arabic even though it’s not an Islamicate language, I will assume that all of the language communities that were in close contact with the Mughals would have a decent amount of Perso-Arabic words in them. So if it is an Indo-Aryan language, I would speculate that it must come from some area of the sub-continent that was distant or isolated from the traditional centers of power. Here’s my wild guess: some language from Nepal.

  7. TJ says:

    hmmm since there was a talk about Pashto … I’d guess it is Pashto …

  8. Sathyarthi says:

    Brahui, a Dravidian outpost with heavy Persian lexical content as spoken in Balochistan…??

  9. Hailey says:

    It’s sounds a lot like a couple of my co workers, is it German by any chance?

  10. Simon says:

    It’s not German, Brahui, Pashto, Tajik or Romany. This is an Indo-Aryan language.

  11. jimutavahana says:

    A wild guess – Kashmiri

  12. Jonathan K. says:

    Is it, perhaps, Assamese?

  13. Wulfahariaz says:

    Now I get the impression that Simon does not count Romany as an Indo-Aryan language.

  14. bennie says:

    This is jammed-packed with retroflex consonants, so it has to be a language of the Indian sub-continent. The intonation sounds more Indo-Aryan than Dravidian, and the ‘sh’ consonant tends to be quite frequent.

    So I’d go for something related to Bengali, and guess that this is Sylheti or Assamese.

  15. Simon says:

    Wulfahariaz – I suppose my comment could be interpreted like that – but it’s not what I meant.

    jimutavahana’s wild guess is correct – it is Kashmiri (कॉशुर / كٲشُر), an Indo-Aryan language spoken mainly in India and Pakistan.

    The recording comes from the Global Recordings Network.

  16. bennie says:

    argh…should’ve gone north-west instead of north-east.