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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7 Responses to Language quiz

  1. TJ says:

    Seems to me some African language influenced by Arabic a bit.
    I think I heard “insán” and “donya” [human, life, respectively].

  2. Simon says:

    Here’s a clue: this is a language isolate that contains many loanwords from Urdu and from other languages, such as Persian and Sanskrit, via Urdu.

  3. Trond Engen says:

    Ah, googling “Baaj Sambaa” and variants gave mainly North Indian hits, but I couldn’t get it to be an Indo-Aryan language. I’ve pondered Kusunda from western Nepal, but with the primarily Urdu influence I guess I’ll have to say Burushaski, even if it doesn’t sound like I imagined. And on the odd chance that my searchstring has anything to do with anything: Are these speakers Srinagar Burushi?

  4. jimutavahana says:

    I m taking a bet on Burushaski as well

  5. Simon says:

    Trond is right – the answer is Burushaski, a language isolate spoken in the Hunza and Yasin valleys in northern Pakistan and Kashmir.

    The recording comes from the YouTube. I don’t know where these particular speakers are from

  6. Trond Engen says:

    Finally! It’s been a long time. But truly undeserved this time, since I was completely at loss and just happened to be the first to come by after the hint.

  7. Vijay John says:

    Wow, I didn’t even bother to guess this one. I would’ve thought maybe Balochi, just because that’s the closest Pakistani minority language *I* have ever heard!

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