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. Syntax says:

    Latin America because of the Spanish loans. Obviously an indigenous language. Quechua?

  2. Daniel says:

    It certainly does have Spanish loans, but I could hear what sounds like Semitic words (thalitha, baraq)… So it could be some language from Morocco, although I don’t really know if that’s right.

  3. David Eger says:

    @Daniel: I also thought there was something Semitic (or, at least, Indo-African) sounding about it – the k/q-type consonants remind me strongly of Arabic. This could well be more to do with influence from Arabic as the dominant language than an actual connection with Arabic. A Berber language from Morocco, perhaps?

    I don’t know a lot about the indigenous languages of Latin America, but going on the past examples I’ve heard on this site, I don’t think this sounds like one. I may be completely wrong, however.

  4. joe movk says:

    I’d say a Mayan dialect of some sort.

  5. Lynnie says:

    I think it’s more likely to be an indigenous language of Central or South America than a Semitic language with borrowed Spanish words here and there.

    I’ll have a wild crack at it and say Guarani or one of the other many Tupi languages.

  6. Simon says:

    The answer is Q’eqchi’, a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala and Belize

    The recording comes from the GRN.

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