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. Roger Bowden says:

    This sounds like a dialect of Urdu, it seems to have more Arabic and Persic elements than standard Urdu.

  2. joe mock says:

    It’s some sort of Hindustani – pronunciation is not standard but it’s pretty much intelligible if you speak Urdu or Hindi.

  3. prase says:

    I too suspected an Indo-Aryan language, being biased by having heard “nagar” (city) near the beginning of the record. However guesses based on a single word tend not to be much reliable, and moreover I am confused by lack of retroflex consonants which I would expect to hear in anything originating from the Indian subcontinent.

  4. jimutavahana says:

    This sounds like a dialect of Hindi ( its more or less intelligible with standard Hindi-the speaker is giving some religious discourse) My guess is that it could be Awadhi or some language close by in North Indian region of Uttar Pradesh

  5. Lynnie says:

    It sounds extremely Hind/Urdu to me but not the standard official dialect.

    I’d go for something like Awadhi or Chhattisgarhi. It could even be the Hindi dialect spoken in Fiji.

  6. Simon says:

    The answer is Awadhi (अवधी), an Indo-Aryan language spoken in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi in India, and in Nepal and Mauritius.

    The recording comes from the GRN.