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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10 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Daydreamer says:

    I’d rather be surprised, if it were not a Niger-Congo language, spoken in Central or West Africa.

  2. Simon says:

    You’ve got the right language family – just need to narrow it down a bit.

  3. Daydreamer says:

    Funny, but the rather uncommon consonant cluster “kr” brings the name of the great politician Kwame Nkrumah to my mind.
    So, if I have to narrow my choice, I narrow it geographically to Ghana and linguistically to the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo languages.
    But then, I’m lost.

  4. Simon says:

    Right country, wrong branch.

  5. Daydreamer says:

    Then, it should to be the Gur branch. What about Frafra, otherwise known as Gurenne?

  6. Simon says:

    Closer, but not quite there yet.

  7. Simon says:

    The answer is Deg (Mo), a Gur language spoken in Ghana and Ivory Coast.

    The recording comes from the GRN (Picture 14).

  8. Daydreamer says:

    Ok, Simon, you’ve won again. But, believe me, it’s really hard to guess a language that you haven’t even heard the name of.
    So give us another chance next Sunday.

  9. Simon says:

    I’m always amazed when anyone gets the language, or gets close, especially the really obscure languages. If I didn’t know the answers I would find it difficult to work them out or guess them.

  10. Rauli says:

    Quite the dialogue here. Well done, Daydreamer, for getting so close.