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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18 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Rauli says:

    Quality is very bad, but it sounds North Germanic to me. I’m guessing Simon recorded this in Shetland.

  2. Roger Bowden says:

    I agree very muffled but in my opinion not European but Native American maybe from central American continent.

  3. Arakun says:

    I know the source and could provide you with a higher quality audio file. However posting a direct link to it here would spoil the fun. 😉

  4. Simon says:

    Thanks, I’ve replaced the recording with a better one now.

  5. Daydreamer says:

    My ears tell me that it sounds partly like Hungarian. But, since that would be too easy, I go for Khanty, which is closest to Hungarian.

  6. Daydreamer says:

    Listening to the better recording now, I’m really in doubt if it’s an Ugric language after all. I wouldn’t exclude Scandinavian languages now; maybe a Swedish dialect spoken by moose? 😉

  7. Rauli says:

    A dialect of Swedish. I can only make out a few words.

  8. K says:

    Is it Elfdalian or a Danish dialect?

  9. Laurits says:

    Some nothern dialect of Swedish. Some form of Westrobothnian maybe? I can understand about half of what he’s saying.

  10. Joe Mock says:

    Are there meese in Sweden?

  11. Trond Engen says:

    I’ll just say that I knew the recording. For those in need of an extralinguistic hint, he’s talking about logging.

  12. Trond Engen says:

    … with a chainsaw, that is, not weblogging or anything.

  13. Trond Engen says:

    And for those in need of a linguistic one: ð

  14. Christopher says:

    I couldn’t understand more than a couple of words, but his breathing gave it away as some sort of Nordic language. My Danish is pretty good, and I can make out a lot of standard Norwegian, and I can even identify standard Swedish (even if I don’t understand much). But beyond that, I give up.

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  16. dreaminjosh says:

    I can understand bits and pieces; I feel like it’s Nordic. My wild guess: Faroese (basically because I’ve never heard it spoken before).

  17. Simon says:

    The answer is Elfdalian (Övkallmål / Övdalsk), a North Germanic language spoken in the Älvdalen Municipality in Northern Dalarna in central Sweden.

    The recording comes from

  18. Jinx says:

    @Christopher: I’m terribly late to the party here, but I would love to know more about about identifying the language family from the breathing! Please explain?

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