Can you guess the language?

Although I have never written an article in this style, today I will attempt to create a little quiz for you. I have prepared a selection of five languages, which I will present in the form of an audio sample. The task is easy: guess the language!

The recordings are from, so I will link to the environment in which they originally appear as soon as I can reveal the answers. So here is the deal: I give you three days and you guess the five languages – or as many as you can – in a comment. Let the game begin!

Sample 1

Sample 2

Sample 3

Sample 4

Sample 5


10 thoughts on “Can you guess the language?

  1. I may be totally wrong here, but I have a feeling that the first one is Afrikaans. Number 2 has to be Irish Gaelic! Number 4 is an interesting one – it sounds very much like Italian but with the occasional hint of Spanish. I can’t quite figure out what it is! Number 5 must be related to Spanish, but my knowledge of the language is limited. I feel like Spanish is too obvious. Perhaps Portuguese or Catalan? I am not sure at all about any of the others. I know I don’t speak any of these languages, so my apologies if I am completely wrong!

  2. I agree on #2 – it almost sounds like Benny (of “Fluent in Three Months”) if I had to actually pick a speaker…

    #4 sounds like Latin, if only from some of the endings.

    Is #5 Basque?

  3. Number 2 must be Gaelic. Number 4 is Interlingua and Number 5 must be Basque. Number 1 makes me think at Swedish. I would guess Tagalog for the 3rd one.

  4. Congratulations everybody! Here are the answers:

    Sample 1 – SWEDISH
    Sample 2 – GAELIC
    Sample 3 – TAGALOG
    Sample 4 – INTERLINGUA
    Sample 5 – BASQUE

    Olivier, well done, all your answers were correct! I may repeat this activity in the future… with languages that are harder to recognise! Again, all samples are from and have nothing to do with me.

    P.S. It is very likely that the Gaelic sample “almost sounds like Benny”, as it is him!

  5. # 1 sounds like a scandinavian tongue, icelandic perhaps?
    #2 is a conlang spoken by a person with a strong american accent.
    # 3 is a Philippine language, tagalog being my guess.
    # 4 is Latin sine flexione?
    # 5 is Basque.

    • What a coincidence! I was introduced to this website yesterday, by a Hungarian-language article – and I was quite fascinated by it. In my first attempt I only acquired 750 points so it would be totally acceptable for me to hate this game, however I recommend it to everybody who claims to “have an ear” for languages! (Or two, if they’re lucky enough…) Thank you for sharing it!

  6. I know I’m late, but I’m going to write my guesses anyway (and I promise I didn’t look at the other comments before guessing!)

    #1 is Swedish (or something similar).
    #2 is Irish (not Gaelic, they don’t like it being called that. I speak a bit of Scottish Gàidhlig, so this took me about 2-3 seconds).
    #3 is Filipino
    #4 sounds Romance, but I’m not sure, so Esperanto or Interlingua or something?
    #5 is Basque.

    Just out of curiosity, is #2 a clip of Manchán Magan, by any chance?

    Oh, and I have to admit that apart from #2, most of my guesses came from listening for words I recognised and relating them to location/country as much as listening to the language itself.

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