Identify the Languages

See how many of these you can get. Note the ones you have heard of and say a brief thing or two about them.

  1. Dyirbal language
  2. Chimariko language
  3. Siuslaw language
  4. Salt-Yui language
  5. Kobon language
  6. Chitimacha language
  7. Yagaria language
  8. Dehu language
  9. Seneca language
  10. Sandawe language
  11. Suena language
  12. Waigali language
  13. Eastern Oromo language
  14. Fur language
  15. Karok language
  16. Shasta language
  17. Armenian language
  18. Southern Kiwai language
  19. Nanai language
  20. Jaqaru language
  21. Sentani language
  22. Ainu (Japan) language
  23. Nenets language
  24. Tiwi language
  25. Salinan language
  26. Pawnee language
  27. Chechen language
  28. Tuvinian language
  29. San Miguel El Grande Mixtec language
  30. Ute-Southern Paiute language
  31. Telefol language
  32. East Kewa language
  33. Shuar language
  34. Nihali language
  35. Yuchi language
  36. Mískito language
  37. Cayubaba language
  38. Chukot language
  39. Vanimo language
  40. Gbaya-Bossangoa language
  41. Pipil language
  42. Chichimeca-Jonaz language
  43. Wasco-Wishram language
  44. Ganggalida language
  45. Yokuts language
  46. Hausa language
  47. Mandinka language
  48. Purepecha language
  49. Ju/’hoan language
  50. Kiowa language
  51. Kutenai language
  52. Awtuw language
  53. Sulka language
  54. Futuna-Aniwa language
  55. Temiar language
  56. Dizin language
  57. Tohono O’odham language
  58. Naasioi language
  59. Western Keres language
  60. Amele language
  61. Tunica language
  62. Yagua language
  63. Hixkaryána language
  64. Lowland Oaxaca Chontal language
  65. Paraguayan Guaraní language
  66. Wandarang language
  67. Nara language
  68. Kâte language
  69. Alamblak language
  70. Tonkawa language
  71. Kota (India) language
  72. Choctaw language
  73. Pirahã language
  74. Djingili language
  75. Lugbara language
  76. Tegali language
  77. Quileute language
  78. Mangarayi language
  79. Northeast Maidu language
  80. Coos language
  81. Krahô language
  82. Southern Sierra Miwok language
  83. Zuni language
  84. Ngarinyin language
  85. Amharic language
  86. Nama (Namibia) language
  87. Luiseno language
  88. Basque language
  89. Mapudungun language
  90. Ineseño language
  91. Canela language
  92. Waorani language
  93. Masai language
  94. Yoruba language
  95. Northeast Kiwai language
  96. Plains Cree language
  97. Wappo language
  98. Rapoisi language
  99. Takelma language
  100. Mullukmulluk language
  101. Navajo language
  102. Nunggubuyu language
  103. Chamorro language
  104. Ambulas language
  105. Atakapa language
  106. West Kewa language
  107. Komi-Zyrian language
  108. Uradhi language
  109. Gilyak language
  110. Maung language
  111. Wangaaybuwan-Ngiyambaa language
  112. Halh Mongolian language

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  1. Barack Thatcher

    9- Native American.
    there are a lot of references to Seneca influence here in Delmarva, USA.
    I.E. Seneca Creek Park, Maryland; Great Seneca Highway, Maryland

    17- I have Armenian relations. Need I say more?

    27- Chechen= Spoken by South Russian Muslims. The Boston Bombers were described as Ethnic Chechens. I further heard of this in observing Alt-Right praises Putin’s handling of these “non-Whites” as well.

    46- Hausa= West African? May have seen reference to this in a History class (relating to the Slave trade) or something.

    47- Mandinka= Burkina Faso, Gambia delta, etc. From ROOTS!

    72- Choctaw= Native American, somewhere West of here (Delmarva). Learned in School.

    88- Basque= NE Spain. Genetically and cultural distinct European people. More ‘celtic’ than other Southern Europeans, said to be a ‘paleo-European’ people and culture.

    93- Masai= Kenya. I remember a Black celebrity got a DNA test and was linked to them, interestingly.

    94- Yoruba= Nigeria. Learned on this blog from Phil.

    101- Navajo= SW USA Natives. Learned in school.

    1. Dyirbal language – Famous Aborigine language.
    2. Chimariko language – Extinct language spoken on Northern California coast near Eel River
    3. Siuslaw language – Extinct Penutian language spoken on Oregon coast.
    4. Salt-Yui language – ?
    5. Kobon language – Heard of it but cannot identify it.
    6. Chitimacha language – ?
    7. Yagaria language – ?
    8. Dehu language – ?
    9. Seneca language – Iriquoian Indian language of US.
    10. Sandawe language – Isolate click language in Tanzania.
    11. Suena language – ?
    12. Waigali language – Nuristani language in Afghanistan. 5,000 speakers.
    13. Eastern Oromo language – Afroasiatic language in Ethiopia.
    14. Fur language – Niger-Congo African language on West Coast of Africa.
    15. Karok language – Spoken in Northern California near Eureka. Nearly extinct.
    16. Shasta language – Spoken in North Central California near Redding. Nearly extinct.
    17. Armenian language – IE language in Armenia. 2 million speakers.
    18. Southern Kiwai language – Indian language from Baja California?
    19. Nanai language – Tungusic language from Southeastern Siberia near Vladivostok. 300 speakers.
    20. Jaqaru language – ? South American?
    21. Sentani language – ?
    22. Ainu (Japan) language – Spoken by the Ainu people in Hokkaido, almost extinct.
    23. Nenets language – Uralic Samoyedic language of reindeer herders in Siberia. Still spoken.
    24. Tiwi language – ?
    25. Salinan language – Extinct California Indian language spoken on Central California Coast.
    26. Pawnee language – Plains Indian language.
    27. Chechen language – NE Caucasian language related to Ingush, spoken in Chechnya. Many speakers. 1 million speakers.
    28. Tuvinian language – Same as Tuvan, Turkic language from Tuva, Siberia. 200,000 speakers.
    29. San Miguel El Grande Mixtec language – Mixteco language from Mexico.
    30. Ute-Southern Paiute language – Indian language spoken by Paiutes in Utah.
    31. Telefol language – ?
    32. East Kewa language – ? Pueblo?
    33. Shuar language – Indian language spoken in South America, maybe in Peruvian jungle.
    34. Nihali language – Almost extinct isolate spoken in Nepal. Probably Indo-Pacific and related to Papuan and Andaman Islands languages. 1 speaker.
    35. Yuchi language – Indian language from SE US.
    36. Mískito language – Indian language from Nicaragua.
    37. Cayubaba language – ?
    38. Chukot language – Chukchi language spoken by Chukchis in Alaska and Siberia. Chukotko-Kamchatkan.
    39. Vanimo language – ?
    40. Gbaya-Bossangoa language – ? African Niger-Congo?
    41. Pipil language – Indian language from El Salvador. Related to Nahuatl. Few speakers.
    42. Chichimeca-Jonaz language – ?
    43. Wasco-Wishram language – Indian language from Pacific Northwest – Washington state. Few speakers.
    44. Ganggalida language -? Aborigine?
    45. Yokuts language – Indian language spoken in California Central Valley and Sierra Foothills. Penutian. Still has a few speakers.
    46. Hausa language – Widely spoken Chadic language spoken in Northern Nigeria and surrounding areas. Millions of speakers.
    47. Mandinka language – Niger Congo language from Africa. Same word as Mandingo.
    48. Purepecha language – Indian language from Mexico.
    49. Ju/’hoan language – Famous Khoisan click language from Namibia known for wildest phonemic inventory on Earth.
    50. Kiowa language – Plains Indian language.
    51. Kutenai language – Amerindian isolate spoken by the Kootenai tribe in northern Idaho.
    52. Awtuw language – ?
    53. Sulka language – ?
    54. Futuna-Aniwa language – ?
    55. Temiar language – ?
    56. Dizin language – ?
    57. Tohono O’odham language – Spoken by Indians on the Arizona-Mexican border. Still spoken. Related to Yaqui.
    58. Naasioi language – ?
    59. Western Keres language – Keresuan language spoken by Pueblo people in Southwest.
    60. Amele language – African language with advanced tongue root and other odd features. 400,000 speakers.
    61. Tunica language – Gulf Indian language from SE US. Extinct?
    62. Yagua language – Extinct Indian language spoken in Patagonia in far southern Chile. Recently extinct.
    63. Hixkaryána language – Famous Indian language from Brazil known for weird syntax.  “The man killed the tiger” means “The tiger killed the man”!
    64. Lowland Oaxaca Chontal language – Chontal Indian language from Mexico
    65. Paraguayan Guaraní language – Widely spoken Indian language from Paraguay, official language of the country.
    66. Wandarang language – ? Looks Aborigine
    67. Nara language – ?
    68. Kâte language – ?
    69. Alamblak language – ?
    70. Tonkawa language – Extinct Indian isolate formerly spoken on Texas Gulf Coast
    71. Kota (India) language -I may have heard of it but I know nothing about it. Probably Dravidian. 200,000 speakers?
    72. Choctaw language – Gulf Indian language from SE US.
    73. Pirahã language – Famous isolate Indian language widely debated for challenging much linguistic theory. 300 speakers.
    74. Djingili language – ? Looks Aborigine.
    75. Lugbara language – ?
    76. Tegali language – ?
    77. Quileute language – Indian language spoken on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Whale hunters.
    78. Mangarayi language – ?
    79. Northeast Maidu language – Penutian Indian language from Central California Sierra foothills. Related to Yokuts. Almost extinct.
    80. Coos language – Extinct Penutian Indian language of Oregon Coast.
    81. Krahô language – ?
    82. Southern Sierra Miwok language – Penutian Indian language from South-central Sierra Nevada around Yosemite. Closely related to Yokuts and also to Maidu. Almost extinct.
    83. Zuni language – Famous Indian isolate spoken by Pueblo tribe in New Mexico. Still heavily spoken.
    84. Ngarinyin language – ? Aborigine?
    85. Amharic language – Official language of Ethiopia. Afroasiatic.
    86. Nama (Namibia) language – African language of Namibia, apparently Niger-Congo. Many speakers.
    87. Luiseno language – Takic language, formerly the language of the Indians who lived in the Los Angeles Basin. Extinct.
    88. Basque language – Famous isolate spoken by the Basque people in Northeast Spain and Southwest France. 600,000 speakers.
    89. Mapudungun language – Widely spoken Indian language from Chile spoken by the largest tribe in the country. 300,000 speakers.
    90. Ineseño language – Chumash?
    91. Canela language – ?
    92. Waorani language – Heard of it but cannot identify it. South American?
    93. Masai language – Language of the Masai people of Kenya.
    94. Yoruba language – Widely spoken Niger-Congo language of Nigeria.
    95. Northeast Kiwai language – ?
    96. Plains Cree language – Algonquian language of Cree Indians of Canadian Plains.
    97. Wappo language – Yuki language, part of the Yuki-Gulf family. Extinct.
    98. Rapoisi language – ?
    99. Takelma language -Extinct Penutian language of Oregon.
    100. Mullukmulluk language – ?
    101. Navajo language – Dene-Yenisien Na Dene language of Navajo tribe in New Mexico. Widely spoken. 450,000 speakers.
    102. Nunggubuyu language – ? Sounds Aborigine.
    103. Chamorro language – Austronesian language spoken by Chamorros, native people of Guam. 5,000 speakers.
    104. Ambulas language – ?
    105. Atakapa language – Gulf Indian language, apparently extinct.
    106. West Kewa language – Pueblo Indian language from US Southwest.
    107. Komi-Zyrian language – Uralic language of the Komi ethnic group of western Siberia near the Urals. 5,000 speakers.
    108. Uradhi language – ?
    109. Gilyak language – Also Nivki. Near extinct language isolate spoken on Sakalin Island north of Japan.
    110. Maung language – ?
    111. Wangaaybuwan-Ngiyambaa language – ? Looks Aborigine
    112. Halh Mongolian language – Large Mongolian language, also called Khalh or Khalk. Spoken in Mongolia.
  2. LOL I got 61 of them and missed 61 of them. Oh well, 50% ain’t bad!

  3. James Schipper

    Well, the ones that I heard about are:

    Armenian: Indo-European language spoken in the Caucasus. It has its own alphabet and no close relatives.

    Chechen: Spoken by the Islamic Chechens in Southern Russia.

    Miskito: Spoken by Miskito Indians in Eastern Nicaragua, who allegedly were persecuted by those evil Sandinists and whose plight provoked crocodile tears in Washington.

    Hausa: Spoken in Nigeria

    Guaraní: Widely spoken in Paraguay, but not really a language of instruction or administration. Part of the large Tupi-Guaraní family.

    Amharic: Official language of Ethiopia, part of the Afro-Semitic family.

    Basque: A language without any relatives spoken in small parts of Spain and France.

    Yoruba: Spoken in Nigeria

    Navajo: Spoken by Amerindians in the Southwest of the US. Sometimes used during WWII for military communications because the Germans and Japanese couldn’t figure it out.

  4. Stary Wylk

    Siuslaw.Amer-Indian sub-tribal group. River named for them.
    Seneca. Amer-Indian tribe.

    16.Shasta language. Amer-Indian tribe of Northern California. Mountain named for them.
    17.Armenian language. Indo-European. A people of Southern Caucasus and Eastern Anatolia. Has its own writing system.

    Ainu (Japan) language. Not a written language last I heard. The Ainu are part of the ancestry of Japan’s old Samurai class.
    Nenets. Finno-Ugric. A people of Russia mostly in the Yamal-Nenets Okrug on the Arctic Ocean.

    24.Tiwi language. A people of some island north of Australia. Their culture was altered by 18th century slave-taking removing many of the young men, thus givng the older men a monopoly on the women.
    25. Salinan language. Amer-Indian people of Southern California desert area.

    Pawnee language. Amer-Indian.
    Chechen language. Caucasic. Dominant people of the Chechen-Ingush Republic in Southern Russia. Ingush is a closely related language.
    Tuvinian language. Turkic language from a region in Russia near to Mongolia.
    Ute-Southern Paiute language. Amer-Indian of Utah and Idaho. Utes are a numerically small group that developed exceptional aggressiveness as a means of defense against larger surrounding tribes.

    36.Mískito language. Central American near Belize.
    45.Yokuts language. Amer-Indian of the Western U.S. but I don’t recall any more exactly.

    Hausa language. African, I think Niger-Kordofanian. They are Muslim and dominate Nigeria.
    Mandinka language. West African spread across several countries. Also called Mandingo.
    Kiowa language. Amer-Indian.
    Kutenai language. Amer-Indian of the mountainous areas of Idaho and Montana. Also Kootenai.
    Paraguayan Guaraní language.South American Indian. Still spoken by millions in Paraguay and Southern Brazil and Northern Argentina.
    Choctaw language. Amer-Indian. Oklahoma.
    Coos language. Amer-Indian. Oregon coast.
    Southern Sierra Miwok language, Amer-Indian. I think California.
    Zuni language. Amer-Indian. Sedentary culture in Arizona.
    Amharic language. Main liturgical and political language in Ethiopia.
    Nama (Namibia) language. Not a click language but influenced by them.
    Basque language. Language isolate linguists like to look for related languages to. Said to be very difficult to learn.
    Masai language. East African. Vague memory of the language being related to none of those around them but not an isolate like Basque.
    Yoruba language. Major group in Nigeria. I want to say Nilo-Saharan.
    Plains Cree language. Amer-Indian.
    Navajo language. Amer-Indian. Used as crypto-language for radio in WW2.
    Komi-Zyrian language. Finno-Ugric. Russia near Arctic Ocean.
    Gilyak language. Russian Far East. Few speakers. Perhaps related to Inuit.
    Halh Mongolian language. Dominant dialect of Mongolian in MPR. Also called Khalkha.

    I didn’t look any of this up so some are bound to have errors in them. I was face to face with how little I knew about Amer-Indian languages.

  5. 9 A language native to the US and Canada, I believe it’s speakers were part of the Iroquois League but I’m not certain. No relation to the Roman author.

    13 A language spoken by the main Islamic culture in Ethiopia

    16 A language native to Northern California

    17 An Indo-European language spoken in the Caucasus

    22 The language spoken by the indigenous people in Japan, now spoken mainly on Hokkaido in addition to Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands in Russia

    24 The language of the Tiwi Islanders, group of Aborigines who live on islands off the Australian mainland

    26 Language of the Pawnee, a tribe native to the Midwest and American Heartland, it’s known for its extremely long words

    27 A language spoken in the Caucasus with significant communities in the Middle East

    28 The Turkic language of the Tuvans, one of Russia’s largest Asiatic ethnicities

    29 One of the Mixtecan languages of Oaxaca, Mexico

    30 The language of the state of Utah’s namesakes

    33 The endonym of an Andean language better known by its exonym Jivaro, its warriors are infamous for the practice of head-shrinking

    36 The indigenous language of the Miskito Coast, a Caribbean region covering Nicaragua and much of Honduras.

    46 One of the four major languages of Nigeria, and one of the two major Islamic cultures

    47 The language of the Mali Empire, now mainly spoken in Guinea and Senegal

    50 A Plains Indian language

    65 The language of Paraguay’s largest indigenous culture one of Brazil’s largest, they are famous for their violin crafting

    72 Language of one of the Five Civilized Tribes, a loose association of tribes native to the South known for their enthusiastic adaptation of White culture

    80 A native language of Oregon

    83 An isolate spoken by one of the largest Pueblo nations of New Mexico

    85 The primary vernacular language of Ethiopian Christians

    87 Language native to the Las Angeles area, one of the Mission Indian cultures

    88 The world’s most famous isolate, the last indigenous people of Europe, spoken mostly in Spain and France, with communities in the Great Basin, Quebec, Newfoundland and Chile

    93 A Nilotic language, spoken by the most famous culture of Kenya and Tanzania

    94 One of Nigeria four main languages, its people are divided between Christianity and Vodun

    96 Dialect of the Algonquin Cree, spoken in Canada’s Great Plains region

    101 One of the two Athabascan languages spoken in the Southwest, the other one is Apache, all the other Athabascan languages are spoken in Canada and Alaska

    103 Language of Guam and the Northern Marianas, it is not classified Micronesian but the islands are considered to be part of Micronesia, has significant Spanish and Tagalog influences and is thought to be related to Palauan

    112 A Mongolian dialect

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