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Old 12-23-2011, 05:28 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Maybe it's just cos I've spent 6 weeks in Vietnam and Thailand. Never cared much for the languages before I went. Obviously language wasn't one of the main reasons I visited. I did learn a few words though. Sitting in an internet cafe in Bangkok with a bunch of kids who spoke in the most annoying way I've ever heard. You'd have to be there to know.

Thai is far from soft and elegant most of the time. It's harsh and nasal.
This. Lao is also pretty bad. Monosyllabic sounding tonal languages are the worst.
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:46 PM
 
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I'm not very fond of Asian languages. But I'm not annoyed by any languages.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:41 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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This. Lao is also pretty bad. Monosyllabic sounding tonal languages are the worst.
I think a lot of people's exposure to Thai is the waitress at the Thai restaurant who speaks demurely, softy and in a servile and accommodating manner. For the increasing number who have been to Thailand I think it loses it's charm.

A great majority of the world's languages are monosyllabic...for me languages which are really staccato and nasal grate on me. The ones I mentioned, Thai, Cantonese and Vietnamese, fit this bill to a tee. It's has the rhythm of a punk rock song. Japanese seems to have a slightly more flowing rhythm to it, and I just like it's sounds more. Nothing too harsh or weird like in the Sino-Tibetan, Tai-Kadai, Mon-Khmer tongues.

Indeed I have to agree the mere fact of not understanding can eventually make any language annoying. I've travelled with plenty of non-English speakers, most commonly Germans, French, Dutch, Japanese (the majority have been English though with some Irish and Scottish and fellow Aussies, Canadians and Americans) and it gets annoying when you're stuck in a group of 4 Germans (like I was for a camping trip) and they are always talking German with each other. You never know if they're saying anything about you (insecure much, eh, lol). I didn't lose a wink of sleep worrying about it, of course, they seemed alright and so what if they had the odd giggle at my expensive.
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:53 AM
 
Location: Czech Republic / United Kingdom
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Weirdly I find German to be a pleasant sounding language along with French and Russian.

The most annoying languages for me are Vietnamese and Chinese.
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:28 AM
 
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I dont dislike an language but the favourite languages are French, Swedish, Italian and Japanese.
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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how can you call English monotone, Japanese is as monotone as it gets. Sounds like robots.
English is monotone language. Having a monotone makes it more difficult for people to learn tonal languages.

Japanese has a different accent system, so they are not as monotone as English gets.
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Old 12-25-2011, 03:26 PM
 
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Monkey language. It's too high-pitched for my taste, and monkeys sound angry all the time. Well, except when they scratch their heads - then they just sound stupid.
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:10 PM
 
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Worst-Tamil

Best-Spanish
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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I don't really like German or Russian too much. They don't really sound all that nice or friendly.

However, it isn't annoying languages that bother me the most, but accents from certain states. I can't stand Southern accents (especially those from South Carolina and Texas).
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:55 AM
 
Location: The Midst of Insanity
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I have a friend from the Netherlands, and I think Dutch sounds horrible. Like someone is constantly clearing out their throat and getting ready to spit.

I think some accents of English can sound irritating: Irish-English, Southern American English, some British English (depends on the speaker for this one).

Don't udnerstand the love for French-so nasally!

I adore all Slavic languages. I think Romanian and Swedish sound quite lovely too.
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