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Link in description. Hello everyone. Welcome to the Langfocus channel
and my name is Paul. Today, rather than get into a new in-depth language documentary,
I decided to do a fun little video that we can do together. I want to give you a challenge.
I want to present you with some Mystery Languages. And you can listen and look at those languages
and guess what languages they are. But don’t worry even if you don’t guess the language
correctly, it will still be interesting as long as you share the reasons
for your guesses in the comments down below So let’s give it a try. Here’s the first language. Please, listen: Okay and let me also show you a little bit
of that language in its written form. I don’t speak this language
but I’ll try to read it as best I can. So what language is it? The language is Haitian Creole. If you’re a French speaker, then right away you might
have known that this was a Haitian Creole. And other people, you might have noticed some words that sounded French but sounded a little different That’s because the Haitian Creole language
is a French-based creole language. It arose in the 17th and 18th centuries because of
interaction between French settlers and african slaves
in the area that is now called Haiti. The majority of its vocabulary derives from French. But the majority of its syntax derives from
the African languages spoken by the slaves. Let’s go back to those two example sentences
for a second. This means
“is there a person here who speaks English?” The beginning of the sentence
doesn’t really seem French. “Gen” means “to have” or “there is”.
It might derive from the French word “gagner” But the way it’s used is quite different
from the French word. And “moun” means “person”
and I don’t know the origin of this word. “isit ki palé Anglé” is like
“ici qui parle Anglais” in French
(=”here who speaks English”) In French, the whole sentence, I guess, would be:
“Il y a quelqu’un ici qui parle anglais”
(Rem : rather “Y a-t-il ici quelqu’un qui parle anglais?”) The second sentence This means “I can’t speak English”. “Mwen” comes from “moi” in French. “pa” is the French negation marker “pas” “kap” comes from the French “capable”. “palé” is “parler” So the vocabulary is all kind of French
but in French it would be like this : So obviously, the grammar is very different,
even though the vocabulary is French-based. Notice that in the French sentence,
“moi” is not used but “je” is used That’s because, in French, “moi” is the object pronoun,
while “je” is the subject pronoun. In Haitian Creole, “mwen” is both. Now, I’m breaking down these sentences just
to show you that Haitian Creole is a combination
of French and other influences. To learn more about Creole languages, check out
my video on Pidgins and Creoles right here. Ok, on to the next language. Please, listen: And again, let me show you a little bit
of that language in its written form. So, what language is it? The language is Frisian, specifically West Frisian. West Frisian is spoken in a northern province
of the Netherlands called Friesland. Frisian is thought to be the language
that is most closely related to English. Now, it doesn’t mean that it’s easy
for English speakers to understand Frisian. When I hear it or when I try to read it,
I barely understand anything. But it is closely related to English in its historical
development and in the structure of the language. Alright, let’s do one last language. Please, listen. And again, let’s look at a couple of phrases visually. Now, I don’t speak this language
but I’ll try to read this as best I can. So what language is it? Well, if you know a Romance language,
then you probably noticed right away that
this is definitely another Romance language It is actually the Sardinian language,
which is spoken on the island of Sardinia in Italy. It is one of many regional languages in Italy
that are often mistakenly referred to as dialects
but they’re actually separate languages. Most of them are closely related to Italian but they are
different enough to be considered different languages. Well, I hope you enjoyed guessing
today’s “Mystery Languages”. Even if you didn’t get them right, that’s okay. It should be interesting to share your reasons
in the comments down below, and that should spark some interesting discussion And if you would like to see more “Mystery language”
videos like this sometime in the future,
then let me know and I might do it again. Be sure to check out Langfocus
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100 Replies to “Mystery Languages – Can You Guess What They Are?”

  • Got the last one! What gave it away for me was the matching pronunciation to tenore performances. It is polyphonic overtone singing with verses sung in Sardinian.

    I suppose I have an unfair advantage, though, as Italian is one of the languages I have studied in great depth, along with Mediterraean history.

  • 1. French based creole
    2. West Frisian (A new subreddit for learners just started today)
    3. Not sure it's sounds similar to Italian and Romanian

  • Before hearing the answer – 1 sounds like a French based creole to me. The spelling looks like it too.
    2 – well, I'm Dutch. This is a related language , I think Frisian. Written: Absolutely Frisian, Well, they even give it away by mentioning Fryslân in the text.
    3 – Well okay, it's only versions of languages I actually know. This must be an Italian dialect. Written: Yes, from Sardinia (again,giving it away by mentioning the place…)

  • First one: a French-based creole (but not knowing if an African one or an Antillian one)
    Second: At first I thought about a Slavic language, but finally found similarities with English
    Third one: some language spoken in Italy
    These were my guesses.

  • 1. Corsican, sounds like french but a bit different and I know on Corsica they speak a language closely related to French.
    2. Frisian, being Dutch I know this language although I can't speak it.
    3. Some type of Italian, I recognize the Italian melody, but it sounds a bit different and written down you can see that it's not Italian.

  • The first one I couldn't pin down to any specific language but I teetered between a romance language and an African one. The second one I was trying to pin down to a Northern Germanic language. I wrote down Norwegian but I didn't think that was it. The third one I guessed Italian. I don't know any of those languages. I only know some German, French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

  • 1.- French creole, Haiti?
    2.- Seems english, but it´s not. is more germanic.dutch?
    3.- italian "dialect", sardinian. I speak italian, but it´s not and uses the word sardu

  • I was hoping for some non-european language. French with a twist, Germanic language closely related to English, and then a variation on Italian?

  • French-based Caribbean creoles are funny to me. Since I'm French, I can usually understand them when they're written, but if they're spoken I'm completely lost.

  • 1/ The oral component has a lot of French along with something other than French; so, it's a Creole. The written compenent didn't get me further. I'll guess Haitian.
    2/ It sounds like a Dutch person muttering English. The writing contains the word Fryslan. I'm guessing Frisian.
    3/ It sounds and looks like a Romance language I don't recognise. Guessing from the doubled letters and the 'gh' I'm thinking Italic. Withe the word 'Sardu' I'm guessing Sardinian.

  • I live in Miami so I recognized the Haitan Creole immediately. It had no idea that the second one was a language spoken in the Netherlands! I sounded so much like English

  • For the first one, I guessed maybe it was whatever language that is spoken in Morcco, i thought i heard some romance stuff and i also thought i heard some clicks in in the language. I know that morocco is in africa and close to spain so thats what i thought

  • My guesses:
    1. A french based creole with west african elements, but unsure exactly what
    2. Maltese
    3. Sardinian

  • I marked in spot the haitian creole and frysian and get close with the sardinian: I guessed corsican

  • 1. french based creole, i only know haitian creole
    2. fryslân is literally written there, frisian
    3. sardinian? im surprised i got it correct

  • These are fun videos! … and I'm very late to the game and just went backwards through all of them from the 7th video

  • Bs''d
    …i got friends that spoke the 2 first languages…so i knew right away, ok now continuing
    uch, i left Fryslan long time ago..not liking the sound of it…
    wow, you choose the 3. my moms favourite with catalano…
    caso mazu, lol

  • How we could know this languages if we are not polyglots?????Frisian?Haitian?How the fuck I could know this languages

  • My best round so far: first was french creole (had no idea what kind of) second souned like dutch, written some words made sense, specially the language name was there frisonian. The 3rd was definitely spoken in Italy, the guess sardu was confirmed seeing it written in the sample text.

  • 1. Speaking french, I got that it was some sort of creole, I recognized some words.
    2. Hmm, weird. It sound germanic.
    3. After seing written, it seems like some italian related language.

  • 1. Hungarian. IDK haha.
    2. Yiddish. IDK. Haha sort of germanic perhaps.
    3. Sardinian. Hahaha yes! I got it! Even though i havent heard them before yet.

  • the 2nd one was quite the surprise. I had no problem understanding what he said.
    I should feel bad if I didn't understand it though. I am Frysian. I can't speak the language at all, but I can understand most of it.

  • I am proud to say that I had two right out of the three: Creole and Sardisch…. the third one I thought was Norwegian. Thank you for this amazing channel, Paul. Greetings from Germany

  • 1. Créole car je parle français
    2. Flemish? Sounds Nordic to me, currently studying Norwegian
    3. Armenian? Sounds just different from any romance language I've heard even though ik Spanish n french

  • So I only got one correct, and that was Haitian creole. But i guessed the 2nd to be a slavic language. And the 3rd i guessed to be related to Italy. So points for that???

  • I really love that you included Sardinian. I really enjoyed the video. Please continue the series.

  • the way i desperately hoped the first one not to turn out as French bc i am studying French and they sounded gibberish😂

  • First language – le3azazel (hebrew speakers might understand), I was sure it's an Hotentot language because of the ''clicks''.
    Second – I knew it's something germanic! (But I thought Aafrikans or something Dutch)…
    Third – I knew it is something related to Spanish and Italian. (Well, you don't have to be genius to understand that)

  • The first language presented I guessed as or sounded like a Creole language. Therefore, I guessed 'French Creole'. The second I knew it was West Frisian especially after I saw the written form and putting the sound together. The 3rd language, well, there was a hint in the written context, 'sardu'. It sounded similar to Italian or perhaps Portuguese. So, I narrowed it down to either Sardinian/Sardo or maybe Sicilian dialect.

  • 1 Sounds french but I know it isnt. Haitian creole.

    2 Some kind of Celtic? Fuck Frisian.

    3 Some Romance language close to Spanish?


  • This was too fun 🙂 I thought the first one was somewhere between Quebecois and Senegalese, but once I saw it spelled out I knew it was Creole. I thought the second sound like Svorsk a bit, but I hadn't even heard Frisian. Once I saw the writing I was even more confused … I thought maybe Flemish haha, but I can usually pick out flemish. And the third I knew was from Italy, but one of its languages like Nopalitano, but I haven't heard them enough to know which one is which.

  • I got the the first one was a French creole.
    I got the the second one sounded a lot like Dutch albeit a bit different so perhaps some dialect.
    And I got Sardinian, because it sounded similar to Italian.
    I'm portuguese.

  • For this, I listened to the clips but skipped looking at the written form.
    1) Sounds like French but not quite — Haitian Creole?
    2) Sounds like Dutch but not quite — Afrikaans?
    3) Portuguese?

  • My Guesses:
    1. Haitian Creole (It sounds like french obviously but has an african phonetic sound)
    2. West Frisian (Now this one confuses me because it kind of sounds like a Anglo-Frisian language but also as a North Germanic Language?)
    3. Portuguese (More specifically Brazilian Portuguese? I have not studied portuguese before but this language sounds very similar if not the same portuguese) .

    I hope I did well….

  • I'm so proud of myself for guessing every language on the first try. Except for Frisian. I thought it was either Dutch, Afrikaans or Flemish.

  • I can speak French and the Haitian Creole was even confusing for me before there were some more obvious words. The accent is just really different.

  • Here is something else that you will not understand unless you are a god like me
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    Btw, here is a hint, mobile keyboard only. And long press

  • I think you could have chosen another video for the sardinian language… There are italian parts in it (the lady was translating what the old woman was saying and I also heard a “sì” instead of “eja”).

  • 1. Ukrainians (wrong)
    2. German ( Close English and German Language are similar so are Frissian)
    3. Catalan (Sounds Spanish)


    1. French, I guess? Oh wait, that has to be Haitian Creole, now that I see it in written form. Yeah, I wasn't quite sure if it was French when listening to it, and you can probably guess why. (I got it correct for the written language but not the spoken one, so I'll give myself half a point for this one.)

    2. I had no idea what this one was at first. It sounded so similar to English, but completely different at the same time. But when I saw it written, I knew it was definitely Frisian.

    3. Well, it almost sounds Italian. Like it could be one of the many languages spoken in Italy. (sees writing) I'm guessing either Sicilian or Sardinian. (Well, I got it right the second time.)

  • 1. French or Italian, but something tells me it's neither. I think it's related though
    2. Czech, it seems like a slavic language, but a writing system other than that of Russian
    3. Seems a bit like a romance language, but no idea

  • Native spanish speaker here. French was the first language that came to my mind when the haitian creole audio started. As for the sardinian language I thought it was related to portuguese. Spanish and english are the only languages I understand. I don't speak portuguese and I definitely don't understand french. I just wanted to share my impressions as a romance language native 🙂

  • 1. I thought a French-type African language
    2. Fries
    3. Portugese, but not quite.
    About Fries, for the Dutch it's just Fries, because Westfries is a dialect spoken in Westfriesland, a part of the province of Noord-Holland.

  • The first one I knew it was a french creole but I didn't find out what is it exactly
    The second one I knew it was a Germanic language but not the exact one
    The last one I thought it was an African dialect of one of the latin languages

  • Being portuguese, I guessed Guinea Conacri Creole for Haitian Creole (many people from Guinea here) because of sounds; frisian started sounding like some strange italian language, then english related, thought of welsh, then writing looked scandinavian… but it said Fryslân… I guessed neapolitan for sardu, because it sounded from Italy but I could notice something spanish in it, and then in writing it said sardu again… Don't give them away like this!

  • My answers:
    – Haitian Creole (I’m french)
    – A kind of Norwegian… but I saw written « Fryslan » so it’s Frisian!
    – A Portuguese creole maybe… Sao Tomé?

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