Name the language

Here’s a recording of a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it is and where it’s spoken?

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15 Responses to Name the language

  1. TJ says:

    no clue!
    but sounds a bit like … african!

  2. Halabund says:

    It is some Romance language.

  3. AR says:

    Galician, related to Portuguese and Spanish spoken in Galicia, Spain (above Portugal).

  4. Giovanni says:

    To me it sounds like a dialect (or language, whatever you want to call it) from the North of Italy. I’ll take a guess: Venetian?

  5. KS says:

    I second Galician (Galego).

  6. Alan Coady says:

    I’d guess Portuguese from Angola or Mozambique.

  7. Daydreamer says:

    It seems to be strongy influenced by Portuguese.
    If it’s not Galician, as AR and KS suggested, I’d go for Crioulo, spoken in the former Portuguese colonies of Western Africa.

  8. Daniele says:

    It’s some dialect from the north-east of Italy, it doesn’t sound like venetian proper, but close to that area. I can tell not only from the intonation, but also for the sheer amount of swearing against deities and vulgar words (which is pretty much all I got, as the speaker sounds drunk)… 🙂

  9. I couldn’t understand a thing (I speak Portuguese and Spanish), but it sounds like the dialects of Portuguese spoken in Goa, in India.

    And I also can’t understand a thing from these dialects, so ;D

  10. I heard it again, and I can understand he’s cursing. I heard “cul”, “desgraçai”, “cuillone” and stuff… Still don’t know quite what he’s saying, though

  11. The language in this clip is Venetic (also Venetisch, Feneto, or Enetikos), which has a unique origin among today’s modern European tongues.

    First attested from some 2,600 years ago in short inscriptions found near modern Venice, Venetic is thought to have been a mixed language of Italic and Daco-Thracian elements. It was once held to be an early Germanic dialect, sharing some phonological elements with the group, though the timeframe for Germanic in this region of Italy makes the match more likely a case of confluence or false friendship.

    Despite academic dismissal, the Germanic-Venetic theory gave rise to the notion that Germanic tribes settled Europe in pre-historic times and thus are responsible for significant events in Western history usually attested to other linguistic and ethnic groups. Today, Venetic is maintained by fraternal organizations in Europe and the United States.

    The speaker in this sound clip is none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is a member of one such fraternal organization, the Alldeutschebund (“Pan-German movement”), an organization allegedly seeking total German domination of Europe through political and economic means. In it he is reciting the Alldeutschebund Eid, the group’s pledge, in Venetic.

  12. Simon says:

    The language is indeed Venetian (vèneto), which is spoken mainly in Venice, Italy and the surrounding area. The recording comes from a Venetian version of An Officer and a Gentleman (Ufficiale Gentiluomo).

  13. Giovanni says:

    By the way, this is Venetian, whereas Venetic is a different, specific thing that is extinct since 2000 years; we only have 50 words of it.

  14. Daniele says:

    I apologise with Venetians — I’m Abruzzese (I live in Chieti) and I can’t recognise all the variations of north-eastern dialects. 🙂

  15. Evans Knight says:

    hm. i was gonna guess Cape Verdean Portuguese.

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