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Old 05-16-2012, 09:08 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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English.

It's hard to listen to the sound of it when it's your native language, but if you speak and hear something else for a while and then hear English again (the North American neutral variety--some southern accents are actually quite pleasant), it really does sound quite bad. Of course, when you start comprehending it again, the sound of it is again transparent to you.

Other not so favorite sounds: Mandarin, Arabic (at least that that I've heard)


As for my favorite sounds: I like the sound of Argentine Spanish (and to a certain extent, Spanish as spoken in parts of Spain), French (so smooth), and Irish Gaelic (just pretty, especially the Ulster dialect). Finnish isn't bad either.
Sometimes when you're drunk you can hear how English sounds without listening to the meanings of the words. English/Australian accents do sound like European languages, especially Dutch, German, Danish and Swedish. American accents, not so much.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Newcastle NSW Australia
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Someone mentioned Hindi, Punjabi is not particularly endearing either.
Greeks sound like they are yelling, and having had some Greek friends they are often recognizable by their expletives!
Arabic is also harsh, and sound like they are swearing a lot as well.
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Northern Sweden, Västerbotten County
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yay! i love you for putting polish in best
Well, I can't lie, can I?
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:30 PM
 
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British english. I usually can't understand it and a lot of them talk fast.
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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Atosi Language
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:37 PM
 
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Monotonic languages (some are ok), fast-paced languages, choppy languages, accents that don't fit a language, and stereotypical representations of language.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:50 PM
 
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British english. I usually can't understand it and a lot of them talk fast.
It's a piece of cake compared to some Welsh people speaking English.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Europe, in the Land of the mean
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British english. I usually can't understand it and a lot of them talk fast.
Those are working -class accents. Ghetto and grating on the nerves. The RP 's nothing like it.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:10 AM
 
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Lingala language
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Kamchatka, Russia
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I love all languages! Well... Maybe except English. They can be very monotone. I very much like Japanese though and am trying to learn.
Many languages beautiful depending on the pronunciation. Can Russian and did not like the majority of think but he's THE RICHEST language in the WORLD and it is so! The Japanese so funny sounds in Russian but I love this language.I agree with you!
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