Language quiz

Here’s a recording of part of a news report in a mystery language. Any ideas which language it is and where it’s spoken?

17 thoughts on “Language quiz

  1. To me it sounds similar to Japanese, but with many hard Rs. I am sure though that those who actually understand Japanese will strongly disagree about the similarity 🙂

  2. sounds japanesey – either a dialect of that or ainu, the only other language i know of spoken in japan

  3. Definitely an asiatic language, though not necessarily a Turkic language… I don’t think it’s any of the Ryukyu languages, though, either. My guess is that it could be Mongolian.

    d.m.f.

  4. Heard the θ’s (as featured) so I can assume it’s either Albanian or Turkmen, which would be spoken in Albania and Kosovo, or Turkmenistan.

    -Ben

  5. I didn’t hear a single [θ] in there, what I heard were voiceless laterals. And plenty of uvulars. I am guessing a Caucasian language.

  6. Yaghtz: This is why I went for Mongolian as my guesds. It certainly isn’t Korean, which doesn’t have the hard “r” that can be found in other Mongolic languages. Besides, not once did I hear an “-seo” or “-imnida”, which are common verbal endings. (The latter being similar to the Japanese “desu”- the verb “to be”.)

    d.m.f.

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