Here’s a recording of part of a song in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess the language?
Don’t ask me why I guessed this language, but is it Samoan?
Nope, not Samoan, which is related to Hawaiian, a polynesian language with very rigidly-defined syllables…
My giess was either Sami of an eastern European language- Not sure.
its got a romance flavour to it… couldnt place it, though
Here’s a clue – it’s spoken in Europe, but isn’t Sami or a Romance language.
It is a Slavic language, that’s for sure. The ‘da sme’, ‘vi ste’ bits would suggest it’s from the Balkans but I have no idea which language it is. I’ll bet for Bulgarian.
Spoken in Europe, you say… Then my guess is Basque. That would explain the Spanish-like sounds + the dental affricate (ts).
But really, songs are awfully hard for language-guessing. Especially when the music is masking the singer’s voice.
I would say Basque. Although I don’t know any Basque, this song sounds like Txoria Txori, which is Basque.
It isn’t Basque or a Slavic language.
Another clue: it’s a member of one of the smaller branches of the Indo-European language family.
i put my final bet on albanian
I am quite surprised :) I will keep saying it sounds Slavic to me and therefore, it must to be very close related. There is only one language that could fit this profile and it’s Latvian.
I agree with Voytec.
Voytec is right – it is indeed Latvian, which is spoken mainly in Latvia. The song is called Cik savādi (How curious/peculiar) and the singer is A.Voitiskis, I think.
The recording comes from YouTube.
Oh, I actually recognized this one! (The language, that is, not the song.)
Well, my girlfriend is Latvian, although we speak mainly English and Russian – plus a bit of Welsh – at home.
It is indeed Latvian but the text is hard to understand even for me, a native. The lyrics can be found here: http://dziesmas.lv/index.asp?page=lyrics&ID=4378
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