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Old 01-24-2017, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Lancashire, England
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I'm visiting North West Wales in early April, and plan on attending Welsh-language services at two Welsh Presbyterian churches, despite not understanding a word of the language. I think Welsh is a lovely language to hear spoken, very melodic.


Are there any languages, other than your own, that you like to hear spoken, when on vacation?
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Old 01-24-2017, 10:40 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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I'm visiting North West Wales in early April, and plan on attending Welsh-language services at two Welsh Presbyterian churches, despite not understanding a word of the language. I think Welsh is a lovely language to hear spoken, very melodic.


Are there any languages, other than your own, that you like to hear spoken, when on vacation?
Welsh may be nice to hear, I do know that the Welsh have the best accent when it comes to speaking English, they sound fabulous because they 'sing' almost every word they say :-)
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Old 01-24-2017, 10:44 AM
 
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I like the sound or French and Farsi. And really hate the sound of Turkish and Hebrew.
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Old 01-24-2017, 11:51 AM
 
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Love hearing Farsi.
Welsh and Irish accents are cool too.

Not a fan of Australian accent. They seem to replace 'a' with an 'o' or 'u' everywhere.
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Old 01-24-2017, 06:38 PM
 
Location: On the road
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I like those cats in Namibia who speak with clicks. Fascinating.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6WO5XabD-s


They've even got some online lessons here:
https://youtu.be/Nz44WiTVJww?t=43
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Old 01-24-2017, 06:45 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Italian, French, Russian ...
There might be other beautiful languages I never heard being spoken...
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Old 01-24-2017, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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French and Arabic from certain areas. Lebanese Arabic is very soft.
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Old 01-24-2017, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I can't think of just the sound of a language, but also the culture and attitude, etc.

So, the combination of the above, the first that comes to mind, within my experience, is Portuguese. Then, maybe Italian.

French has a lovely sound, but I find the French culture to not be so enchanting (and I'm half French and grew up around French-speakers).

I don't like the sound of Mexican-Spanish. I like the Mexican culture, but don't like the Mexican accent, while speaking Spanish.

I don't like any really throaty or gutteral sounding languages, or any that use the nasal clacking sounds - like Filipino/Tagalog. I like the Filipino culture and have great Filipino friends. Just don't like the sound of their language.

I don't like the high, nasal, whiney sound of some Asian languages. They sound like they're whining or arguing with each other to my American-English trained ears.
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Old 01-25-2017, 01:37 AM
 
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I can't think of just the sound of a language, but also the culture and attitude, etc.

So, the combination of the above, the first that comes to mind, within my experience, is Portuguese. Then, maybe Italian.

French has a lovely sound, but I find the French culture to not be so enchanting (and I'm half French and grew up around French-speakers).

I don't like the sound of Mexican-Spanish. I like the Mexican culture, but don't like the Mexican accent, while speaking Spanish.

I don't like any really throaty or gutteral sounding languages, or any that use the nasal clacking sounds - like Filipino/Tagalog. I like the Filipino culture and have great Filipino friends. Just don't like the sound of their language.

I don't like the high, nasal, whiney sound of some Asian languages. They sound like they're whining or arguing with each other to my American-English trained ears.
French is very nasal, isn' it? with all the en, an, in, un etc.
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Old 01-25-2017, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Italian. Reminds me of my experience with the Italian cruise officer I met on my first cruise vacation.. . And the trip to visit him in Italy 6 weeks later. Then Seattle. Then LA, twice.

Sigh.
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