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Old 07-18-2012, 10:23 AM
 
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Japanese also has similar words to Spanish.

"Casa" means HOUSE in Spanish and UMBRELLA in Japanese
"Tako" (which is pronounced same as "taco") is Japanese for OCTOPUS (there was a funny story about a man who ordered taco salad in Japan and ended not getting what he expected, lol)
If you want a Taco in Japan, you have to ask for takosu.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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I dont know much about other languages, but I dont think Chinese sounds like any European languages, as it uses pinyin and it has tones for each word. As far as I know, French has some tone-like things, but it's totally different, I mean, in tones. And Chinese is often spoken not as fast as European languages.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:43 AM
 
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Indonesian has borrowed many words from Dutch so the European language closest to Indonesian is Dutch.
Indonesia was colony of Dutch but Indonesian language has nothing with Dutch language. If people use some Dutch words are these words steel Dutch.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:48 AM
 
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I think Japanese sounds a bit like Italian, because most of the words seem to end in vowels. Mandarin sounds a bit like French because you hear a lot of 'ah' and 'sh' and it sounds a bit 'froggy' almost like you are plugging your nose to speak it.

Korean ... idk maybe Portuguese? And Vietnamese is a bit like the Asian version of Spanish, it sounds very extroverted.
If Japanese language has similarity with Italian than I am a pope. Read a little more about languages. Try with Linguistics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:15 PM
 
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Maybe English and Scottish could be like Hindi and Urdu? English and Hindi seem softer and quieter, whereas Scottish is stronger and heavier, and Urdu is closer to Arabic, which is known to be a strong language.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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Filipino language as there are many words derived from Spanish.
Filipino language has 6,000 Spanish words. Spanish was the official language before it actually shifted to English.

In Zamboanga in Mindanao, they speak speak more Spanish as it is a Spanish creolle.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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I dont know much about other languages, but I dont think Chinese sounds like any European languages, as it uses pinyin and it has tones for each word. As far as I know, French has some tone-like things, but it's totally different, I mean, in tones. And Chinese is often spoken not as fast as European languages.
Agree !
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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I agree, actually. Both Japanese and Italian sound kind of 'technical', while Mandarin and French actually sound quite poetic and lilting.

Vietnamese and Spanish sound, no offense, kinda 'trashy' and include a lot of shouting.

German maybe sounds very vaguely like Arab?
Spanish spoken in Mexico is very sweet, clear and soft spoken.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:01 PM
 
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I think Japanese sounds a bit like Italian, because most of the words seem to end in vowels. Mandarin sounds a bit like French because you hear a lot of 'ah' and 'sh' and it sounds a bit 'froggy' almost like you are plugging your nose to speak it.


Korean ... idk maybe Portuguese? And Vietnamese is a bit like the Asian version of Spanish, it sounds very extroverted.
I don't see any similarity with Mandarin and Frances. Chinese might have a lot of "sh" but it doesn't sound like French at all.

Korean doesn't sound anything like Portuguese at all. Don't know about Vietnamese as I never heard Vietnamese language ever but shouldn't it sound more like Frances as it used to be a colony ?

If there is an Asian language closer to Spanish it will have to be Filipino as Filipino language ( Tagalog got 4,000 Spanish words while in the Visayas, they have 6,000 Spanish words). But there is a place in the Philippines called Zamboanga that even speaks closer to Spanish as it is a Spanish creolle.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:45 PM
 
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I'd say Tagalog is probably the Asian language most closely associated to Spanish due to Spanish colonization of Las Filipinas for several hundred years. Barring that, I think Japanese would sound the closest to Spanish. It's also the only Asian language that is the easiest for me, as a Spanish native speaker, to pronounce. The vowel sounds are identical except for the 'u' sound which sounds like German ''
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