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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6 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Chris Miller says:

    Quenya, spoken somewhere beyond the Western Sea?

    I’m pretty sure I recognise the -llo directional ending and some other characteristic Quenya word shapes: undome, morniello, sinye, ar ciltuvas etc., not to mention Eru “The One”.

    Hmm. Beginning verses of Genesis, perhaps, what with all the “Ar Eru…”?

    Yup — just found it online. She pronounces it quite well!

  2. dreaminjosh says:

    Some of it sounded vaguely Finnish but I knew it wasn’t that or Estonian; that would have been too easy. The “prettiness” of it reminded me of an Elvish language, but I couldn’t remember the name “Quenya” to save my life.

  3. Rauli says:

    At the beginning I thought it might be Hungarian, but then I realized it’s not. Then it started to sound like one of the languages by Tolkien, but I don’t know them enough to recognize them. I tried googling some of the words but that brought up nothing. Then I read Chris Miller’s comment, and took his word for it.

    When I knew it was Quenya, I consulted an online dictionary, and found out some of the words. Then I googled again, and found this: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Quenya/Texts_in_Quenya/I_Yessess%C3%AB

    It is indeed the first eight verses of Genesis. There is also a page where the translator comments on the translation: http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/yessesse.htm

    The pronunciation is quite nice, but she tends to lengthen some of the short vowels.

  4. Arakun says:

    Yepp, this is Helge Fauskangers translation of the first chapter of Genesis into Quenya. I immediately recognized many of the words. I feel like such a geek.

    The recording was made by YouTube user Arkxyz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMLeim0tu9Q

  5. Simon says:

    The answer is indeed Quenya, one of the Elvish languages invented by J.R.R. Tolkien which is spoken in Eldamar in Middle-earth, and by some fans of Tolkien’s work.

    The recording comes from YouTube.

  6. John says:

    Good job Tolkien on imitating the sound of Finnish, though I knew it couldn’t be!

    I should have realized isn’t was Genesis from the poetic structure.