Language quiz

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

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11 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Arakun says:

    Old norse?

  2. Arakun says:

    Oh never mind. I found it. Just do a search on YouTube for “old norse”. :)

    Frágu frǿknan et fjǫr vilði
    Gotna þjóðann
    Golli kaupa

    Hjarta skal mér Hǫgna
    Í hendi liggja
    Blóðigt ór brjósti
    Skorit baldriða

    Hér hefek hjarta
    Hjalla ins blauða
    Ólíkt hjarta
    Hǫgna ins frǿkna
    Er mjǫk bifisk
    Er á bjóði liggr
    Bifðisk hǫlfu meir
    Þá er í brjósti lá

  3. Adam says:

    I defintely know it’s a Germanic languages lol

    Possibly – Old Norse, Old Danish/Swedish, Faroese?, Icelandic?, It’s definetly not German, Dutch, English, Afrikaans, Frisian, Limburgs o’r a German dialect .

  4. renato figueiredo says:

    Arakun is correct it is a poem in Old Norse. The words are exactly, what he wrote. The poet looks like a mad man.

  5. Simon says:

    It is indeed Old Norse and the recording comes from YouTube.

  6. TJ says:

    Translation …. ?

  7. renato figueiredo says:

    TJ, I think if you click on Simon’s answer, and link to you tube, the movie is also written in old Norse, English and Norwegian.Good luck

  8. TJ says:

    renato: thanks I didn’t notice that the first time.

    Just a question out of this topic. I was reading the new stuff section and got into the Yiddish phrases page. I was wondering, from where did the word “Yiddish” come from? Is it an adjective for (Yid)? …… if so what is Yid ?

  9. Mike says:

    TJ: I believe it is a mutation of “jüdisch,” which is German for “jewish.”

  10. TJ says:

    Oh now it makes sense!
    Thanks!

  11. WCook says:

    Yep, Old Norse is what’s for dinner. Could it be some Beowulf-ish epic poem? Is this a historical-type exerpt?