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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8 Responses to Language quiz

  1. David Eger says:

    Could it be something from the Finno-Ugric family?

  2. Daydreamer says:

    Definitely not Finnic-Ugric, but a language that’s heavily influenced by Spanish.
    It may be spoken in Central America or on islands in the Pacific Ocean: Guam > CHamorro or the Philippines > Tagalog.

  3. Joe Mock says:

    I’d say American of some sort – it’s not Tagalog or Chamorro

  4. d.m.falk says:

    It’s not Tagalog or Chamorro, but is a Spanish-influenced Malay language, si U’d say one of the other Philipine languages– Ilokano or Cebuano, for example.

    d.m.f.

  5. Joe Mock says:

    It may be a minor Philippine language, but it definitely is not Ilokano and I don’t think it’s Cebuano or any of the Visayan dialects.

  6. Simon says:

    It seems nobody is going to get this one – the answer is Palauan, an Austronesian language family spoken in Palau, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

    The recording comes from the GRN.

  7. Lev says:

    Interestingly, the word for “Jesus” in this language is [jeʃuʃ] or [jesus]. Who converted them to Christianity? The Germans, who had Palau for 15 years?

  8. Elliot says:

    Lev, I didn’t hear the “sch” sound at all. I heard yésus. I’m not very good with IPA, but I know that the man in the recording was not using the sh sound.