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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11 Responses to Language quiz

  1. pennifer says:

    Something spoken on the Indian subcontinent?

  2. cl says:

    Definitely North Indian sounding. I could pick out ‘Manmohan Singh’ and ‘Nepal’ in the clip. Must be a close relative to Hindi, but I won’t answer Hindi straight away because I didn’t hear a lot of ‘hai’ and ‘hum’.

  3. Dennis King says:

    With all those “che” instead of “hai”, it must be Gujarati.

  4. stormboy says:

    I think Dennis King has it.

  5. bennie says:

    Yes, basically it’s Hindi with all the “hai” replaced with “che”. So it’s either Marathi or Gujarati.

  6. Sathyarthi says:

    - Yep, I too agree with Dennis, stormboy and bennie and am more inclined towards Gujarati as I believe Marathi has the distinct ‘za’ consonant as well as the retroflex ‘la’.

  7. Chris Miller says:

    Ditto Dennis.

    Somebody ought to do a humorous t-shirt with a Che Guevara-style image of a famous Gujarati and છે (‘che’ in Gujarati script) as the caption…

  8. Rauli says:

    I have no experience in modern Indian languages (only Sanskrit), so could someone explain what those hai’s and che’s mean? Thanks.

  9. Chris Miller says:

    Third person (singular only?) of ‘be’, i.e. ‘is’.

  10. Rauli says:

    Ah, that would explain the abundance. Thank you for the reply.

  11. Simon says:

    The answer is Gujarati (ગુજરાતી), which is spoken mainly in India, particularly in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

    The recording comes from the SBS Radio.