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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8 Responses to Language quiz

  1. daydreamer says:

    That’s a tough one.
    Got the impression that it’s a non-Bantu language of West or Central Africa.
    And the only instance of a nasal vowel, in a word which sounds like “également”, makes me think that the language is spoken in a region that used to be a French colony, i.e. Togo, Cameroon and the like.
    Too bad that I won’t get nearer than that.

  2. Trond Engen says:

    I have roughly the same impression as Daydreamer and was going to suggest some non-Bantu Niger-Congo language, but since I didn’t detect a single loanword, I decided to move away from the coasts. But time is passing and I have to make a guess. Some Ubangi variety? Yakoma?

  3. Dan, ad nauseam says:

    I think I hear terraced tones.

  4. J. A. Roberts says:

    I recon it’s Bantu and south central African. The french influence could be Belgian. Something spoken in Katanga province perhaps? Kiluba?

  5. Simon says:

    Here’s a clue – it is a Bantu language and is spoken in the south east of Africa.

  6. Christopher Miller says:

    This sounds like one of the Shona dialects (which one, I don’t know) or at the least a neighbouring language — either of central Mozambique, aouthwestern Zambia, or even possibly Venda of far northern South Africa.

  7. Simon says:

    The answer is Chopi (Chichopi), a Bantu language spoken in southern Mozambique.

    The recording comes from the GRN.

  8. Trond Engen says:

    Ouch. And my wife said “the east coast of Africa, not very far from Swahili”. I’ll have to start listening to her. I think she said that, too, once.

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