Name the language

Here’s part of a news report in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it is?

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0 Responses to Name the language

  1. AR says:

    Sounds a little like Arabic. Perhaps Maltese?

  2. Michael says:

    Wild! Many words of Arabic in it, but it doesn’t sound like Arabic. I am stumped.

  3. harris e. says:

    probably maltese. talking about Obama I believe?

  4. prase says:

    Somali.

  5. prase says:

    This is really strange. I have written “Somali” and my comment was “awaiting moderation”. Is there some special sort of spam using characteristically this word, or is it an established insult in English?

  6. Daydreamer says:

    Since Malta is mentioned at the 23 second mark, I’d go with Maltese also – still leaving me a little uneasy because I would have expected more words of Italian origin.

  7. iwsfutcmd says:

    Somali? It has the appropriate pharyngeals, but none of the emphatic consonants.

  8. xarxa says:

    its somali!

  9. Sarah says:

    I definitely heard Malta mentioned. And Obama.

    So I’m going with Maltese because I don’t have a better guess.

  10. Simon says:

    The language is indeed Somali (af Soomaali), and the recording comes from the BBC.

    I was going to give a clue – arrrrr – but it seems you don’t need it.

    prase – I’m not sure why your comments fell foul of the spam filters.

  11. xarxa says:

    yeah, my comments were filtered too, about four times!

  12. lukas says:

    “Soma” is a drug often advertised by spammers.

  13. pittmirg says:

    O brave new world, that hath such spammers in’t! ;)

  14. Thomas says:

    I think it’s Turkish