14 thoughts on “Language Quiz

  1. There are gutterals and something that sounds like glottal stops that make me think of a Semitic language. However I also hear what I think are clicks so I think it is southern Africa. Maybe Ndebele?

  2. I’m thinking probably Semitic as well. /li:/ means “to me” in Hebrew, and I heard it sentence-final, which would be grammatically appropriate, but it’s definitely not Hebrew.

  3. Just out of curiosity I checked the Semitic languages here in Language Families. I found Neo-Jewish Aramaic SORT of sounded like it but it’s a bit of a stretch at best.

  4. The quiz language can’t be Maltese because Maltese is Arabic with plenty Romance (Sicilian, Italian and some French) loanwords. This one contains Arabic loanwords, presumably because its speakers are Muslims. It is Archi, a North-East Caucasian language spoken in Daghestan, Russian Federation, and Azerbaijan.

  5. A language with so many harsh sounds can only be North-Caucasian, with so much phonetic complexity. I agree with Emanuel. this is Archi.

  6. The answer is indeed Archi (Аршаттен чӀат), a Northeast Caucasian language spoken in the Republic of Dagestan in the Russian Federation.

    The recording comes from YouTube:

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