Hear What the Ancestor to Our Language Sounded Like

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Some linguists have looked farther back, at possible ancestors of Indo-European and several other language families. Like Nostratic:

Nostratic languages - Wikipedia
Vladislav Markovich Illich-Svitych | Nostratic Language
Here is a short poem in reconstructed Nostratic by Vladislav Illich-Svitych himself.

VIS: K̥elHä wet̥ei ʕaK̥un kähla
IPA: /KʼelHæ wetʼei ʕaKʼun kæhla/
WfW: tongue time-of water-of path/ford
Russ: Язык – это брод через реку времени,
Ru-Ro: Jazyk – eto brod cherez reku vremeni,
Eng: Language is a ford through the river of time,
Kieli on kahluupaikka ajan joen yli,

VIS: k̥aλai palhʌ-k̥ʌ na wetä
IPA: /kʼat͡ɬai palhVkʼV na wetæ/
WfW: gone-of dwelling-to us lead(s)
Russ: он ведёт нас к жилищу умерших;
Ru-Ro: on vedjot nas k zhilishchu umershikh;
Eng: it leads us to the dwelling of those gone before;
Finn: se johdattaa meidät kuolleiden kylään;

VIS: śa da ʔa-k̥ʌ ʔeja ʔälä
IPA: /ɕa da ʔakʼV ʔeja ʔælæ/
WfW: he but there-to come(s) no(t)
Russ: но туда не сможет дойти тот,
Ru-Ro: no tuda ne smozhet dojti tot,
Eng: but he cannot arrive there,
Finn: mutta ei voi tulla sinne se,

VIS: ja-k̥o pele t̥uba wete
IPA: /jakʼo pele tʼuba wete/
WfW: which-who fear(s) deep water
Russ: кто боится глубокой воды.
Ru-Ro: kto boitsja glubokoj vody.
Eng: who fears deep water.
Finn: joka pelkää syvää vettä.

VIS = Vladimir Illich-Svitych's spelling, IPA = International Phonetic Alphabet, WfW = word-for-word English translation, Russ = Russian, Ru-Ro = romanized Russian, Eng = English, Finn = Finnish
The value of K̥ or Kʼ is uncertain—it could be /kʼ/ or /qʼ/. H could similarly be at least /h/ or /ħ/. V or ʌ is an uncertain vowel.
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I have collected translations from Danish, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hungarian from Wikipedia, though I have had to revise the Spanish translation. I've used the simplified spelling in the Spanish Wikipedia for Nostratic (IS-Sm).

IS-Sm: Kelhä wete ki ʕakun kähla
WfW: tongue time-of water-of path/ford
Eng: Language is a ford through the river of time,
Dan: Sproget er et vadested over tidens flod
Fr: La langue est un gué à travers la rivière du temps,
Sp: La lengua es un vado a través del rio del tiempo,
It: La lingua è un guado nel fiume del tempo,
Hung: A nyelv gázló az idő folyamán át,

IS-Sm: kaλai palha ka na wetä
WfW: gone-of dwelling-to us lead(s)
Eng: it leads us to the dwelling of those gone before;
Dan: det fører os til de dødes bolig;
Fr: elle nous conduit à la demeure des morts;
Sp: a las casas de los ancestros nos lleva,
It: ci porta alla dimora dei nostri antenati;
Hung: a halál falujába vezet minket;

IS-Sm: śa da ʔakä ʔeja ʔälä
WfW: he but there-to come(s) no(t)
Eng: but he cannot arrive there,
Dan: men han kan ikke komme dertil
Fr: mais il ne peut pas y arriver,
Sp: pero nunca llegará allí
It: ma non vi potrà mai giungere,
Hung: de nem érhet oda,

IS-Sm: jako pele tuba akwä wete.
WfW: which-who fear(s) deep water
Eng: who fears deep water.
Dan: [han] som er bange for det dybe vand
Fr: celui qui a peur de l'eau profonde.
Sp: que teme aguas profundas.
It: colui che ha paura delle acque profonde.
Hung: aki féli a mély vizet.
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Another comparison text:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights | United Nations
Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Illich-Svitych in Latin:

Lingua est per flumen temporis via.
Ad sedes avorum nos ducit.
Sed non potest advenire
Qui aquam profundam timet.

(my composition)
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