8 thoughts on “Language Quiz

  1. It goes without saying it is a southern African language what with the clicks. Khoisan? Xhosa? Zulu? seSotho? Anyone’s guess.

  2. I can’t say for sure, but I think there are more clicks than expected for a Southern Bantu language. Those languages borrowed clicks from the indigenous Khoe and San languages, and so most words in Zulu, Xhosa, etc., will not have clicks. In this recording, almost every word has a click, so I’m thinking this *is* one of the Khoe or San languages. (Unless this just happens to be a passage with a high number of clicks.)

    Is it Nama (a.k.a. Khoekhoe, Damara), the most widely spoken Khoe or San language?

  3. The answer is Khwe (Kxoe), a Khoe language spoken in parts of Nambia, Angola, Bostwana, South Africa and Zambia.

    The recording comes from YouTube:

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