Nice going, everybody! I’ll say this… some of the guesses are VERY close, but nobody’s quite got all 5 yet. A little bit of Google detective work could help… there’s a prominent politician in one of the clips, and a festival-winning independent film in another…
Hmm… After listening to #4 several times again, I’m not so sure it isn’t Portuguese Portuguese (as opposed to Brazilian, which I’m certain it isn’t), just in an accent I’ve never heard before.
So - I’m going to revise my answer and make an official guess without all the disqualifying hedging:
because it just sounds to me like it’s got all consonants and no vowels - the costume made me think Scandinavia, but the language sounds Welsh.
I don’t know why - purely a guess. If it’s right, I’ll be stunned.
It’s the quality of the recording that sounds Hindi to me, not that I necessarily recognize the language as such… I used to be a sound man, used to do gigs for the Indian community, and they like their sound to be slightly overdriven and distorted (drives sound people crazy). Plus, it just looks and sounds like an old Bollywood movie.
¯_(ツ)_/¯ I’m actually starting to think maybe it’s Esperanto, although I’ve no idea what Esperanto sounds like, just that I seem to remember that it shares some roots with Spanish.
They look like Australian Aboriginals, so I’m guessing that’s what one would call the language they’re speaking.
edit: the more I think about it, I’m just about certain 4 isn’t any form of Portuguese, so I’m editing my guess to Esperanto.
@DennisG2014 I’d take your guesses and run with my own theories (Tagalog was my guess for 2, unresearched, and Portuguese was my thought on 4 despite your better knowledge than my zero knowledge of the subject).
But there are 300+ Australian Aboriginal languages so my chances there are pretty low.
lol - Ok, one last thing - the more I think about it, the more I think “of course a clever quiz-master would include Esperanto in a quiz about languages”…
So now, the one that took me the longest to arrive at, and haven’t the slightest idea what it sounds like, is the one I’m most certain of.
This is why I’m good at Trivia and multiple-choice questions… I can usually puzzle out an answer by some kind of intuitive process of elimination, even when I really have no idea.
@DennisG2014 I looked up Esperanto videos because I was curious- they sound pretty much like Spanish to me. (I took French back in the day.) This one sounds more northern Europe to me. But I’m probably wrong.
On the fun side I found this:
edit: why are my slash-shrugs not working all of a sudden?
Ok, why did that one work?
Anyway, I know Brazilian Portuguese, which has only minor variations from Portugal Portuguese, so I’m sure it’s not that either. It sounds like Italian spoken with a very strange accent.
Again, I say:
Ok, I think I figured it out - do these slash commands need to be on a line by themselves to work?
Well, ok, you encouraged Googling so, if I can submit yet another go at this, having now cheated (in my mind, if not the quiz-master’s)…
Indonesian (they also speak Malay in Indonesia!)
I feel so cheap now.
BTW - it’s been bugging me for the last 24 hours how the hell I came up with ‘Malay’.
I realized that I was basing it on the man’s appearance.
However, I have no idea what Malaysian people look like. He looked Southeast Asian to me and that country just popped into my head - wouldn’t have even bet money that Malaysia was in S.E. Asia.
Ultimately, (now that I’ve learned that the man is the President of Indonesia) I was wrong, but I could not have been closer to being right while still being wrong - Malaysia is right next door to Indonesia and Malay (I’ve now learned) is also an official language of Indonesia.
This is not to toot my own horn, but to illustrate this phenomena I’ve experienced my whole life that fascinates and bewilders me…
I have never played a trivia game without at least once or twice coming up with an answer that makes me and/or the people I’m playing with say, “how the hell do you know that?” To which my answer is always, “I have no idea, the answer was just there.”
I mean, often times I’m like, “I shouldn’t know this; I know nothing about this topic, but when I heard the question, the answer just popped into my head.”
My best theory is that my brain hears/sees these little tidbits of trivia - on TV, on a web page, magazine article, etc., and even though I’m not consciously ‘recording’ the information, my brain absorbs it and files it away somewhere in the back along with some associations - an image, a word, a name, etc.
Then all I need are one of those associated tidbits as a clue and my brain connects the dots.
It’s eerie when it happens. Like, I’ve totally freaked myself out on some occasions… Come up with an answer that to me just feels like a completely random guess - like free association, it’s just the first thing that popped into my head. When it turns out to be right, I’m just as stunned as the people playing with me. Like, “I have no idea where that answer came from, it was just there!”
Anyway, sorry to go on a rant about my own brain - mornings are boring here…
@DennisG2014@JasonToon Triplets, although I have good days and bad ones. Sometimes it seems like anything and everything pops up like that. Other days I know the answer but can’t get it or it pops in several hours later. Sometimes I can picture the answer or person but can’t find the word to express it on the bad days. “You know. The thing you sit on, the brown wood thing.” It can be so frustrating!