Language quiz

Here’s a recording of part of a song in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess the language?

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0 Responses to Language quiz

  1. TJ says:

    Don’t ask me why I guessed this language, but is it Samoan?

  2. d.m.falk says:

    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.

    d.m.f.

  3. xarxa says:

    its got a romance flavour to it… couldnt place it, though

  4. Simon says:

    Here’s a clue – it’s spoken in Europe, but isn’t Sami or a Romance language.

  5. Voytec says:

    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.

  6. michael says:

    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.

    m.

  7. I would say Basque. Although I don’t know any Basque, this song sounds like Txoria Txori, which is Basque.

  8. Simon says:

    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.

  9. xarxa says:

    i put my final bet on albanian

  10. Voytec says:

    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.

  11. Cakra says:

    I agree with Voytec.

  12. Simon says:

    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.

  13. (A Different) Simon says:

    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.

  14. Evita says:

    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