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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7 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Roger Bowden says:

    Sounds very european but the words chiv tiv makes me think of India perhaps Marathi.

  2. Trond Engen says:

    The tune is so Scandinavian that I can’t believe I’m not able to parse a single word. So is the voice. (If it weren’t madness, I’d even say Swedish.) I’ll have to say Scandoromani or some close relative of it.

  3. ixiduku says:

    The ‘-tim’ and ‘-da’ endings (last word ‘tabanimda’?) seem to have a distinct Turkic ring to them.

  4. Chris Miller says:

    Tricky one. It sounds vaguely like a Turkic language from what sound like Turkic inflectional suffixes to me, but apart from that I couldn’t say.

  5. Sathyarthi says:

    To me, this seems to have a Jewish liturgical ring to it…

  6. TJ says:

    From the past 2 comments, it seems to be a sample from the new added language, Karaim.

  7. Simon says:

    TJ is right – The answer is Karaim (къарай тили, Karay dili, לשון קדר), a Turkic language spoken in Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.

    The recording comes from http://daugenis.mch.mii.lt/karaimai/language3.htm.