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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5 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Christopher Miller says:

    ChiChewa (ChiNyanja)?

    If not, certainly a southeastern Bantu language from the area around Malawi, perhaps ChiYao, ChiTumbuka or Emakhuwa or Shimakhonde in Mozambique…

  2. Simon says:

    Right language family, but it isn’t any of those languages.

  3. David Eger says:

    I have no idea what the language is, but I hear echoes of Portuguese in there, so I would hazard a guess that it is spoken in one of the former Portuguese colonies – Mozambique and Angola being the two where Bantu languages are spoken. If it is *Southeastern* Bantu, then perhaps Mozambique is more likely.

    There again, any phonetic similarities with Portuguese might be purely coincidental or even a figment of my imagination.

  4. Chris Miller says:

    Oh — could it be one of the regional dialects of Shona? It has to be something from that general area of central southern Africa. The /dz/, /r/ and the ‘chete’ are very reminiscent of Shona but also (first time I listened) to ChiChewa.

    Perhaps this is one of the Shona dialects where consonants followed by /w/ don’t have an intrusive velar with or instead of the /w/ (like the last name of Edison Zvobgo).

  5. Simon says:

    The answer is Shona (chiShona), a Bantu language spoken mainly in Zimbabwe.

    The recording comes from the the GRN (the story of Noah)