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View Poll Results: What's your favorite Germanic language, and/or sound best?
English 57 41.61%
German 27 19.71%
Dutch 8 5.84%
Afrikaans 2 1.46%
Swedish 16 11.68%
Norwegian 10 7.30%
Danish 5 3.65%
Icelandic 11 8.03%
Faroese 1 0.73%
Voters: 137. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-24-2009, 12:04 PM
 
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I love southern states accents, but i find my own canadian accent to be farmerish and I am not living in the sticks.
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Old 06-25-2009, 03:05 PM
 
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Dutch
Afrikaans sounds to weird for me
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:16 AM
 
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Swedish if spoken by a blonde girl from Stockholm...
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Old 06-27-2009, 02:18 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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I like English the most, its grammar is so much easier than the German one, English is very good for everyday usage. German is quite clumsy because of its gender endings and stuff. On the other hand German is much more precise, which also has its advantages, like in scientific texts.

German is my mother tongue, though. I cannot say whether or not it sounds really ugly as someone said, as I am used to its sound. There are so many German varieties, when I go to certain parts of Germany I hardly understand anything. What most foreigners say sounds harsh is High German, which is like a foreign language to most Germans themselves (including myself), it is like a lingua franca in order to understand each other. Sometimes when I hear High German I get hostile, it has rather harsh consonants which sound alien to me. I remember a former teacher of mine, she was from Cologne, but taught in Bavaria. She used to make fun of me because where I came from ph (like in ph value) sounds like bh, which in turn is the German abbreviation for bra So she pretended I was talking about bra sizes rather than ph values
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:59 AM
 
Location: best city in the world :)
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Hmmm... German, Danish, Faroese. Oh and English of course !
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Cali
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German is the most horrendous sounding language ever, its a very ugly language

You need to listen to some songs by Ute Lemper. German is a beautiful language!
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Old 08-23-2014, 03:31 AM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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English is so beautiful.

I don't know why its sisters are rather unattractive. Swedish sounds gibberish and so monotonic. German sounds frightening. Dutch isn't bad though, sounds kinda like us. Not sure about the rest.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:29 AM
 
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I'm from the Philippines and let's be honest, Germanic and Asian languages are not known to sound attractive at all, that falls to Latin and it's various languages.


But amongst the nicest sounding Germanic language, I too choose English and Icelandic. Also, English, because of it's history and nature, truly is a rich language, it has a vast vocabulary and can be very poetic and yet exact. I read English has 3x the vocabulary of other Germanic languages, we can thank both Latin and French for that.
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Old 06-20-2018, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Besides English, I'd say either Dutch or Icelandic.
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Old 06-20-2018, 12:33 AM
 
Location: DC metropolitan area
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Where's Scots on the list? I would have voted for it. Yiddish is missing, too.
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