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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7 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Daydreamer says:

    To my ears, it sounds like a non-Bantoid language of Central or Western Africa, which is spoken where French is the official language – in Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Bénin?

  2. Petréa Mitchell says:

    Something in the Niger-Congo family?

  3. d.m.falk says:

    N’ko? I was definitely thinking West African, as well.


  4. Simon says:

    It is a Niger-Congo language and is spoken in West Africa.

  5. Lydia Wayland says:

    A language spoken in Mali. If not, the creole spoken in Cape Verde? My knowledge of these tongues derives from their wonderful music.

  6. Chris Miller says:

    My first impression is a Mande language, similar to Bambara, but there is the bothersome [θ] in there: I can’t figure out what African language might contain that particular sound.

  7. Simon says:

    The answer is Maninka (Malinke / Maninkakan), a Mande language spoken in Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.

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