Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it is?

Clue: this is an indigenous language of Central America.

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0 Responses to Language quiz

  1. d.m.falk says:

    It’s a Mayan language, probably Yucatec of K’iche’, my guess.

    d.m.f.

  2. Podolsky says:

    Probably Miskito, spoken in Honduras.

  3. michael farris says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s Miskito.

  4. Simon says:

    The language is indeed Miskito (Mískitu), a Misumalpan language spoken in parts of Nicaragua and Honduras by about 180,000 people.

    The recording comes from Global Recordings.

  5. michael farris says:

    I like it when people who guess correctly tell how they did it.

    Iguessed Miskito because I heard what sounded like a syllable initial [kr] cluster in something that didn’t sound like a Spanish loan. IIRC Miskito is one of the few native american languages with that kind of initial cluster. After that I went to the wikipedia page and saw that lots of sentences end in na (and the word bukra – that) which I’d heard in the recording.