Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

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

The sound quality on the recording isn’t great, but I couldn’t find any better ones in this language.

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9 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Eee says:

    Certainly sounds Slavic, although I have to say that in the first seconds where there was a lot of echoing, I thought it could be a tonal Native American language. It sounds like they recorded this in a steel bulkhead.

  2. Daydreamer says:

    At the end of the recording, at least, there seems to be a Slavonic touch to this language. But then, I can’t think of a Slavonic language that hasn’t delivered better recordings than that.
    Maybe it proves to be a Caucasian language somewhat influenced by Russian.

  3. Petréa Mitchell says:

    No specific guess on the language, but I agree it’s tonal, it probably is Native American, and “Napa” sounds like a loanword, and that’s in Northern California.

  4. Petréa Mitchell says:

    Oh, what the heck: I’ll guess Kashaya aka Southwestern Pomo, based on online searching for something that fit the above clues.

  5. Chris Miller says:

    Definitely sounds like something from the Caucasus to me. I admit that it could also possibly be something from central Asia, perhaps a Mongol or related language. It doesn’t seem to be North or South American to my ear, though.

  6. Greg says:

    I would guess Megrel or Svan.

  7. Simon says:

    The answer is Svan (ლუშნუ ნინ), a South Caucasian language spoken in the north west of Georgia.

    The recording comes from the YouTube.

  8. Petréa Mitchell says:

    Oh well then. I was just getting tired of only being able to offer a guess about the continent. :-)

  9. vuotopiuscuro says:

    φαινόμενoν chris miller