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. joe mock says:

    Something related to Malay.

  2. Lynnie says:

    Something very very closely related to Malay/Indonesian. It’s been aeons since I last learned or spoke Indonesian but I could still very easily recognise words like ‘mereka’, ‘kepada’, ‘di’, ‘dalam’, ‘gambar’, ‘jalan’, ‘salah’, ‘tuhan’, ‘melakukan’.

    I don’t know. The Malay dialect spoken in southern Thailand or maybe even Minangkabau??

  3. Trond Engen says:

    Yes, obviously close to Malay, but I think it got its Bible through Dutch, so probably from Indonesia. Sundanese?

  4. JIm M. says:

    Not Sundanese—it is closer to Indonesian/Malay than that, but it is not Indonesian. I’m also thinking Minangkabau.

  5. Simon says:

    The answer is Minangkabau (Baso Minangkabau), a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken in West and North Sumatra, Riau, Jambi, Bengkulu and Aceh in Indonesia, and in Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia.

    The recording comes from the GRN.

  6. P. says:

    Did I hear an “orang” (person) in there as well? That’s what tipped me off (to it being an Indonesian or Malay language), rightly or wrongly.

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