Name the language

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Any ideas which language it is?

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  1. Babs says:

    Sounds like Russian.

  2. michael says:

    Yeah, sounds very much like Russian. If it isn’t, it’s some closely related language.

  3. James says:

    I´m not able to go any further really than the others…

    It started with a “menya zavut…”, but I heard a few words that could have been romance (but I expect everything I hear to have romance words, incluyding when people speak English). I doubt it´s a western slavonic language.

  4. Strika says:

    I think it’s still a slavonic language, but I have no idea… Serbian?

  5. Bobby says:

    To the best, of my knowledge, it sounded like a southern Slavonic language so since I have a Croat friend I’m going to go with Croatian.

  6. Lau says:

    I think it is Belarussian. I heard “mianie zavut” (my name is) and “Savietski Sajuz” (The Soviet Union).
    I can’t completely rule out that it is Russian, but I think I heard a soft g (h), and Russian doesn’t have this.

  7. prase says:

    It sounds like it has Polish distribution of consonants, but I doesn’t seem to me Polish, even if I can’t rule that out because of poor quality of the sound. I’d guess Belarussian or Kashubian.

  8. xarxa says:

    eastern european is all i can say, nothing more specific than that

  9. harris e. says:

    just for fun… Sorbian

  10. pittmirg says:

    Definitely neither Polish nor a West Slavic language. It sounded to me like Russian with the reduction of /o/ to something like [ʌ]. It could also be Belarusian, though I haven’t had much contact with that language.

  11. pavel says:

    U guess Rusyn.

  12. d.m.falk says:

    I was thinking Belarussian or Ukrainian.


  13. Nareg Seferian says:

    I’ll go for Belarussian, because he’s saying he was born in Minsk.

  14. Kerstin says:

    It’s Belarusian. It’s from the documentary “A Lesson Belarusian” YouTube video

  15. michael farris says:

    My first thought was Belarussian but I wouldn’t be suprrised if it’s ukrainian or something in between, anyway I’d be really surprised if it’s not East Slavic something.

  16. Simon says:

    The language is indeed Belarusian (Беларуская мова/Bielaruskaja mova).

    The recording comes from YouTube.

  17. Yana says:

    I guess I’m late but for what it’s worth at least I guessed it correctly! I’m Russian and for a moment I actually thought it was Russian – that’s how similar the languages are. Then I heard the man say he was from Minsk, so that’s what gave it away. Now I’ve learnt that the two languages are indeed very similar!

  18. wordlover says:

    This is a shot in the dark, but sounds like a relative of Russian. I would venture Croatian, but I’m almost certainly wrong. The differentiation between hard and soft vowels is there, so I’m pretty sure it’s not Polish.

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