Diversity of languages


Jason Kottke started another music meme: how many languages are in your music collection? I can't resist trying to work that out, so I've spent some time flipping through my CDs, and come up with a total of about 21 (depending on how you count albums by artists who sing in more than one language):


  • English (obviously)
  • Scottish Gaelic
  • Irish Gaelic

Scandinavian (or somewhere way up North):

  • Swedish
  • Finnish
  • Icelandic
  • Sami

Other European:

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Estonian
  • Russian
  • Bulgarian
  • Hungarian


  • Swahili (Tanzania and Kenya)
  • Either Lingala, Monokutuba or Kikongo (I don't know which language Papa Wemba uses on his albums)
  • Bambara (Mali)
  • Lugana (Uganda)


  • Tibetan
  • Urdu
  • Punjabi

Of course, it does help that I like World Music...