12 thoughts on “Language Quiz

  1. I think it’s a poem with end rhymes, and it’s Indo-European, possibly Celtic – “bangor” – or Germanic. So much for the obvious (?) …

  2. I definitely hear /kanʃe/ or something like this in the middle of the poem, and overall it sounds like some variant of Swedish (kanske \”maybe\”) or Norwegian (kanskje \”maybe\” in both Bokmål and Nynorsk).

  3. It does seem to be a poem and I agree that it sounds Celtic. I can understand why someone would think it is Scandinavian but my bet is an old Celtic language perhaps not longer spoken?

  4. It sounds very German-ish to me, but also like the speaker has a North American English accent.

    That doesn’t narrow it down nearly as much as I hoped, so, wild guess, Plautdietsch?

  5. The second word spoken is “agus” which would indicate a Goidelic language, I think. I did look up Norn, but it’s Scandinavian.

  6. It sounded Celtic to me, and also sounded a bit like Simon’s voice too. I searched “Agus Bangor Ban” and came up with “Pangur Bán”, an Old Irish poem.

  7. This poem was a part of the course material when I took an elementary course of this language. I won’t say the name of the language not to give spoilers, but the poem is talking about a cat.

  8. Very definitely not Manx, Hank. Possibly a dialect of Gaeilge or Gàidhlig, but I’m not sure.

  9. Since there have been no more comments, I’ll say it: Old Irish (spoken ca. 600–900). The poem is Pangur Bán, written by an Irish monk in Germany in the 9th century.

  10. The mystery language is Old Irish (Goídelc), the version of Irish that was used from about the 6th to the 10th century AD. It was spoken mainly in Ireland, and also in the Isle of Man, Wales, Scotland, Devon and Cornwall.

    This particular recording is a poem called ‘Pangur Bán’ (White Pangur), which was written in the 9th century by an anonymous monk about his cat. More details: https://brehonacademy.org/pangur-ban-old-irish-poem-the-original-irish-version-with-four-translations/

    The recording comes from YouTube:

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