08 January 2013

Languages you've probably never heard

Here are some samples of languages which most Americans never hear.

Afrikaans:


Irish Gaelic:


Latvian:


Ukrainian:

A couple of points about this one:  I have stood on the very spot where the performers are standing, in Independence Square in Kiev.  And while this is obviously pop music, it's also a patriotic song (what sounds like "oo-kra-yee-na" is how the name of the country is pronounced in Ukrainian) -- in eastern Europe there's no felt contradiction between pop culture and patriotism.

Persian:

This commemorates the great mass protests of 2009 in Iran.  Tehr├ón Jang-e means "Tehran is at war".

These languages have something in common -- they all belong to the Indo-European family, as English does, which means they are related to English.  However, except in the case of Afrikaans, the relationship is not very close, and it would take some knowledge of linguistics to notice the similarities.

Finally, a language which may sound almost equally foreign, but actually is not -- this is a sample of English as spoken almost a thousand years ago, before the Norman conquest of England:

4 Comments:

Blogger BB-Idaho said...

..and that favorite of the paleoarcheologists..Khoisan ...

08 January, 2013 09:47  
Anonymous Ahab said...

The Old English rendition of the Lord's Prayer was haunting, and the landscapes primal and fitting. Thanks for sharing.

I need to hunt for some Ainu language videos. I've always wanted to hear what it sounds like.

08 January, 2013 15:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here you are, an article from The Ainu Times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDWumYMPoDA

He speaks first in Japanese, then he starts reading Ainu.

09 January, 2013 03:19  
Anonymous Ranch Chimp said...

More educational for me than anything else, since foreign language's is something I never run across much, I knoiw this is sort of a specialty of your's though Infidel. My neighbourhood 2013 is majority spanish speaking now, then english as a 2nd (mexicano). I have a buddy/ neighbour (Wolfgang) who is a Texan with a Texas draw, however, he is fluent in German I found out, because his parent's moved here from Germany ... oddly though, since he's in a relationship with a Mexican gal, and because of our neighbourhood, he also speak's spanish frequently with neighbour's. When I alwayz hear music such as Irish piece you have hear, I cant help to notice how much influence it has had over the year's on what is considered "American" folk music ... it clear as day how much influence had to come from the Irish. The last video was interesting, being that I had to wonder what some of the earliest english must have sounded like to someone like myself in this time. BTW ... I am absolutely crazy over Charlize! she really get's my adrenaline going! : )

10 January, 2013 04:04  

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