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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10 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Daniel says:

    My best guess is something Tibeto-Burmese.

  2. Christopher Miller says:

    It sounds like a Turkic language, though not one of the western or Central Asian ones. Perhaps Yakut?

  3. David Eger says:

    It doesn’t sound Turkic to me – I can’t hear anything that sounds like vowel harmony in there. The frequent glottal stops (if that’s what they are) make me think of some North American languages. But what I assume to be a version of the name ‘Eve’, [‘e:va] (vs. English [i:v]) suggests that it is not from somewhere where English is the dominant language. The pronunciation of ‘L’ – and what sounds like ‘Allah’ for ‘God’ – suggests that it is from within the Arabic speaking world or, at least, from somewhere where the dominant religion is Islam. I could be way off here, but I am going to guess that it is a semitic language spoken somewhere in W. Asia.

  4. TJ says:

    Certainly not Semitic, nor Turkic. I’d place it in North America. The sound of “Allah” is just a coincidence (like how German “alle” also sounds like “Allah” as well).
    If not something from N. America, then a second best guess would be “Fon” which was added lately; and it’s spoken in Benin, in W. Africa.

  5. xistera says:

    Something Iranian I think, maybe Balochi?

  6. Simon says:

    Interesting guesses! Here’s a clue – this is a language spoken in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.

  7. jimutavahana says:

    Then this has to be Toba

  8. TJ says:

    Then I didn’t go far away hehe.
    I would guess Quechua. Though I don’t think it is likely.

  9. Athel Cornish-Bowden says:

    I’ll put my money on Guaraní. Although clearly not Spanish it does have one or two Spanish-sounding words, like paraíso.

  10. Simon says:

    The answer is Toba Qom, a Guaicuruan language spoken in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.

    The recording comes from the GRN.

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