Perhaps this explaination by Elder Cleopa of Romania, a gifted spiritual father, will help to understnd this topic somewhat in view of traditional Orthodox Teachings inn response to questions about the gift of tongues known as glossolalia, he gave the following response:
“…true glossolalia as a gift of the Holy Spirit can be recognized when it is combined with the following presuppositions.
1) If someone, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit speaks a language, it should be understood by all those who stand by, as happened in the case that we cited from the acts of the Holy Apostles (Acts 2:1-13),
2) When someone speaks a language among the residents [of Jerusalem, Corinth, etc.] that they do not understand, then another gift, the gift of translation of this language into the language of the people is necessary. Without this translation the foreign language is babbling and lunacy. [1 Cor. 14:23]
3) Glossolalia was not given to the Church forever, but only in the beginning of Christianity in order to awaken the idol-worshippers and the Jews to belief in Christ. This is why the Apostle Paul said that the gift of glossolalia would at some point cease to exist in the Church. [1 Cor 13:8]
4) Since we believe that Christ us our true God we no longer have need of glossolalia, given the fact that the knowledge of foreign languages by inspiration of the Holy Spirit is a sign (miracle) necessary only for the unbelieving and not the faithful. [1 Cor 14:22]
5) From the beginning of Christianity glossolalia was among the lesser gifts in the Church of Christ, while the others, such as that of prophecy, interpretation of scripture, of love and the rest, were much greater.
6) It is totally out of the question for speaking in tongues, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, to mean a delirium in a non-existent and incomprehensible language, for then it wouldn’t be speaking in languages, but our own [exclusive] language. Moreover, it comes into clear contradiction with chapter two of the Acts of the Apostles. [Mark 16:17]
7) The inarticulate voices, lunacies and incoherent utterances which we often hear from the self proclaims speakers of tongues very much resemble the scenes of the idol-worshippers would make before their idols of Dionysus, as well as with quite a few Montanists, Gnostics, Quakers, and later Pentecostals, all of whom the true Church of Christ anathematizes.
“Thus, brother foreign to the Spirit of God is the speaking of tongues of those who think they are grace-bearers and make bold to misrepresent the true glossolalia, a gift of the Holy Spirit which existed at the outset of Christianity.”
An Excerpt from The Truth of Our Faith: Discourses from Holy Scripture on the Tenets of Christian Orthodoxy by Elder Cleopa of Romania. Translated by Peter Alban Heers, Uncut Mountain Press, Thessalonica Greece and London Ontario, 2000, pp.228-229.