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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9 Responses to Language quiz

  1. cl says:

    Sounds like French … but all the languages in the quiz are less-known minority languages, right?

  2. Mut says:

    I’m pretty sure it is Breton. But that’s true, it really sounds like French.

  3. TW says:

    I think it’s Breton as well.

  4. Simon says:

    cl – some of the languages are minority languages, some are dialects of well-known languages, others are major languages maybe spoken by millions of people, but which aren’t well-known outside their country / region. Well-known languages would be too easy.

  5. Christopher Miller says:

    Setu ar Brezhoneg… This is Breton, but spoken by people whose first language is French.

  6. Jonathan Katz says:

    I’m going to second the Breton as well.

  7. David Eger says:

    The music in the background is a bit of a giveaway – unmistakeably Breton. Also, I recognise a few words (I think) from Welsh, yet the pronunciation, intonation and rhythm sound French. I agree with CM that these speakers are probably first language French. I don’t believe I have ever heard Breton spoken by a first language speaker, but I would imagine the sound system to be less like that of French – and perhaps a little more like Welsh. I doubt, though, that there are many speakers left nowadays, whose speech is not profoundly influenced by French.

  8. Petréa Mitchell says:

    Awfully similar to French for me too, except I’d hope to recognize more words if it were actually French or a close relative.

  9. Simon says:

    The answer is Breton (Brezhoneg), a Celtic language spoken in Brittany.

    The recording comes from Radio Breizh.