Language quiz

Here’s a recording of a well-known Christmas carol in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it is?

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4 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Colm says:

    Happy New Year!! :-)

    I am guessing it is a Finno-Uralic language but not Finnish or Sámi.

    The first and the last lines sounds so close to the Estonian:

    Püha öö, õnnistud öö!

    laulgem halleluuja!

    but the rest doesn’t.

    *stumped*

    Please tell! :-)

  2. Simon says:

    It is Estonian and I think it’s the last verse:

    Püha öö, õnnistud öö,
    kes sa meil ilmutand
    Isa armu, mis õnnistust toob,
    rahupõlve maailmale loob
    Laulgem Halleluuja!
    Laulgem Halleluuja!

    See also: here

  3. Colm says:

    Thanks Simon. It’s kind of weird because listening to the recording even my Estonian girlfriend had difficulty recognising it was Estonian (apart from the first and last lines which I mentioned).

    Hope the new year is off to a good start for you.

  4. Pavel says:

    It seems that lyrics don’t match. Are you sure it’s Estonian?