Here’s a recording in a mystery language.
Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?
Something spoken on the Indian subcontinent?
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’.
With all those “che” instead of “hai”, it must be Gujarati.
I think Dennis King has it.
Yes, basically it’s Hindi with all the “hai” replaced with “che”. So it’s either Marathi or Gujarati.
- 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’.
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…
I have no experience in modern Indian languages (only Sanskrit), so could someone explain what those hai’s and che’s mean? Thanks.
Third person (singular only?) of ‘be’, i.e. ‘is’.
Ah, that would explain the abundance. Thank you for the reply.
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.
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