14 thoughts on “Language Quiz

  1. Sub-Saharan African, possibly Bantu, I’d say. I also think I heard the names of Jesus and Mary …

  2. I must agree with Emanuel. It is possibly Bantu. I also THOUGHT I heard the word “la terra” which makes me wonder if there is some sort of Spanish borrowing but of course there would already be a word in whatever the language it is for “the earth”. That’s what is always so intriguing and fun about these quizzes.

  3. If he did say “la tierra” then maybe it’s a language from Equatorial Guinea? There are Spanish and Portuguese based creoles in Equatorial Guinea too

  4. The language in the recording doesn’t seem to feature /ʒ/ but Kimbundu, I think, does.

  5. I’m going to go a bit contrarian, and say from somewhere in Africa, but not Bantu. The little I know of Swahili makes me think I should here more accord between words than I do in that clip.

  6. Good point! Maybe it\\\’s a Bantoid language with less such pronounced noun class features and therefore less word-initial accord.

  7. To be honest, I wouldn’t have had any idea of the answer had Simon not put Lambya on and I just happened to notice. No claim here to intelligence here, just luck! Lol

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