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. David Eger says:

    I can hear what sounds like phonetic influence from Russian, although it’s not Russian (or any other Slavic language). The musical style also suggests somewhere in the former Soviet Union – somewhere where Orthodox Christianity, not Islam, is the dominant religion. Some faint echoes of Hungarian make me think it could be one of the Mordvin dialects.

  2. Rauli says:

    I thought of the Uralic languages as well, but don’t really have anything to support that hunch.

  3. Christopher Miller says:

    I can tell from the music that it’s something from the area of Europe, but with the quality of thw sound all I can make out is that it has mostly unidentified consonants alternating with various “ordinary”-sounding vowels.

  4. d.m.falk says:

    Whatever it is, I wanna get lost in that music! :)

    d.m.f.

  5. Simon says:

    Here’s a clue – this language is spoken in Georgia, but isn’t Georgian.

  6. Simon says:

    The answer is Mingrelian/Megrelian (მარგალური ნინა), a South Caucasian or Kartvelian language spoken mainly in north western Georgia.

    The recording comes from YouTube, and it’s a lullaby.