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Old 06-09-2012, 12:59 AM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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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.
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Old 06-09-2012, 01:03 AM
 
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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?
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Old 06-09-2012, 01:09 AM
 
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Indonesian has borrowed many words from Dutch so the European language closest to Indonesian is Dutch.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:06 PM
 
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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?
Very much agreed, also the language structure of arabic and german are very simliar, they both are grammer heavy languages, who traditionally had a large vareity of dialects/languages.


I'd also add turkish has a greek sound to it.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Strathclyde & Málaga
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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?


It depends where in Spain you are for example in Andalucía people speak with a very deep accent (reminds me of Italian) whereas in Madrid its more clear and (Spanishy)

Also a lot of Spanish words are derived from Arabic.
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:34 PM
 
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Filipino language as there are many words derived from Spanish.
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:38 PM
 
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I think Irish Gaelic sounds like Berber, for example 'Tamazight' the native name of the Berber language sounds very much like an Irish word to me. Welsh also sounds a lil bit like Hebrew.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:46 PM
 
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Japanese sounds a bit like Finnish or Estonian to me.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:59 AM
 
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Filipino news anchors often try to sound Spanish. This man is a good example of that


TV Patrol Southern Mindanao - YouTube

This isn't Tagalog btw, it's a language spoken in the middle & South of the country
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:20 AM
 
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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 sounds trashy? Maybe in the Dominican Republic but certainly not in Spain. Anyways, I can't think of any language that "sounds similar" to Asian languages. At least not East Asian to European
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