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. Chris Miller says:

    All I can imagine is Pashto, but I think that’s most probably wrong. Still, it definitely sounds like something from North India or the surrounding areas.

  2. Roger Bowden says:

    Sounds like a language from the Caucasus like Ossetian or Chechen but I am guessing and far from confident.

  3. Trond Engen says:

    I too want to place it in Northern India or thereabouts. I first thought of Kashmiri, but the quality of the recording calls for something more exotic. For lack of better ideas I may just as well stay in the Dardic sub-family, and since I hear retroflexes, nasal vowels and voiced sibilants, I’ll say Kalashi.

  4. jimutavahana says:

    wild guess- is it Wakhi?

  5. JIm M. says:

    Wondered if it could be an Indonesian language with the “di-” passive marker, but it’s not any of the common ones.

  6. Simon says:

    The answer is Konkani (कोंकणी / Konknni / ಕೊಂಕಣಿ / കൊങ്കണി / كونكڼى), an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Indian states of Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra.

    The recording comes from the GRN.

  7. P. says:

    Didn’t get to this until now, but hearing ek and mujhe certainly made me think “OK, this has to be something pretty close to Hindi”.