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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6 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Elendil says:

    This sounds very Tibeto-Burman. Most likely one of the many mutually unintelligible Chin/Zomi dialects.

  2. Rauli says:

    Sounds like a cross between Navajo, Romanian, and Chinese. That is to say, no idea.

  3. Roger Bowden says:

    Could this be one of the Tungus Altaic languages like Evenki or Goldi.

  4. prase says:

    No idea what this may be. Mapudungun/Araucanian?

  5. Chris Miller says:

    I tend to think along the same lines as Elendil. It definitely sounds like a Sino-Tibetan language, just one that has more archaic features than the eastern (Sinitic) languages. So since we have a new “Writing” entry for Mizo this week and the sample text seems not too far from the sound of this recording, I’m going to hazard a guess that this is what the language is. (Mizo.)

  6. Simon says:

    The answer is Mizo (Mizo ṭawng), a Tibeto-Burman spoken mainly in India, and also in Burma and Bangladesh. Well guessed Chris!

    The recording comes from the the GRN

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