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Old 11-29-2012, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Europe
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Maybe it seems a weird question but I have always wondered "how do we sound"? I suppose some of you have wondered the same. For me I heard people more or less like this:

French speakers: the language doesn't sound musical, plenty of ggggg sounds throaty ones, diphthongs are made short.
Italian speakers: very musical and clear, the sylabes are clearly separated.
English speakers: British one sounds elegant and more or less clear, American one a bit less, although American vocabulary sounds to me more interesting.
German: strong and not musical at all. Throaty as well but stronger. many jjjjjjjjjjjj
Thai: very soft and important entonation.
Portuguese: Brazilian more musical and European, many sshhh sounds and close vowels.
Spanish: No idea!!
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Europe
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Up!! come on it can be a really interesting thread.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:40 PM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Maybe it seems a weird question but I have always wondered "how do we sound"? I suppose some of you have wondered the same. For me I heard people more or less like this:

French speakers: the language doesn't sound musical, plenty of ggggg sounds throaty ones, diphthongs are made short.
Italian speakers: very musical and clear, the sylabes are clearly separated.
English speakers: British one sounds elegant and more or less clear, American one a bit less, although American vocabulary sounds to me more interesting.
German: strong and not musical at all. Throaty as well but stronger. many jjjjjjjjjjjj
Thai: very soft and important entonation.
Portuguese: Brazilian more musical and European, many sshhh sounds and close vowels.
Spanish: No idea!!
The Portuguese spoken in Rio also has the "sshhh" sound before consonants (which sounds in most of the country as a sinlge "s") and stronger than the people from Portugal. While a natural from São Paulo or Porto Alegre would pronounce a word like "artista" (artist) it sounds like "ar-tees-ta" (with a trilled "r", like in spanish), the people from Rio would say "ah-cheesh-ta".

About other languages:
Spanish sounds maly.
Italian sounds familiar and melodic
French sounds charming and gentle
German, when spoken, sounds pompous, noble. When sung, it's incredible melodic.
English, depends. The received pronounciation is ok, but the American English sounds too nasal.

I have noted that the people here in Brazil has difficulties to distinguish between German, Dutch and the scandinavian languages. In fact, I do speak German and I realised that for German speakers, Dutch is the same of Spanish for Portuguese speakers.

Finnish is funny... Japanese is childish, and Arabian sounds like someone with stuffy nose.



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Old 11-30-2012, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Maybe it seems a weird question but I have always wondered "how do we sound"? I suppose some of you have wondered the same. For me I heard people more or less like this:

French speakers: the language doesn't sound musical, plenty of ggggg sounds throaty ones, diphthongs are made short.
Italian speakers: very musical and clear, the sylabes are clearly separated.
English speakers: British one sounds elegant and more or less clear, American one a bit less, although American vocabulary sounds to me more interesting.
German: strong and not musical at all. Throaty as well but stronger. many jjjjjjjjjjjj
Thai: very soft and important entonation.
Portuguese: Brazilian more musical and European, many sshhh sounds and close vowels.
Spanish: No idea!!
Agree with italians! They sound so musical and its so much fun to hear the languaje. Recently i was in italy living with locals (my family) and listening dozens of italians speaking every day. I dont understand or speak italian but i could spend hours listening to them and their musical words and that beautiful accent.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:36 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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I can't describe accents.

Spanish: sound very nasle. Easy to identify.
French: Really rough accent.
Italian: Really rough, woman sound like men.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:13 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Thai musical? You should go to an internet cafe and hear a bunch of kids literally just shouting hoarsely - it just sounds like random shouting - worst than nails on chalkboard.

I quite like German and French. Spanish not so much.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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Spanish: Depends on the dialect. Some areas of Mexico sound really pretty, but most don't. Colombians and Venezuelans sound pretty sexy. Argentinians have a very interesting accent, as it sounds more Italian. Chilean is just too fast and has too many words you don't hear anywhere else. Castilian (Euro Spanish) is the easiest dialect for me to understand as it is what my family speaks, and yes I don't mind the lisp or the vosotros, unlike most people.

French: Sounds sexy but with an edge. Canadian French is somewhat entertaining to listen to.

German: Sounds funny, I don't know too much about it though.

Dutch: Funnier than German actually, but flows more nicely.

Swedish: Sounds alright, but Norwegian is prettier to me and more sing-song. Danish sounds extremely staccato and guttural, and it sounds like there's a potato in their mouth. Finnish has a nice flow and quit soft compared to other Nordic neighbours (yes I recognise it's from a completely different language base).

Italian: Beautiful. I dated an Italian guy for awhile and just to hear him speak in Italian, boy I could listen to him all day.

Russian: Rough and quite scary sounding, a lot more serious sounding than German as well. However, I do find it quite beautiful when being sung.

Polish: Doesn't flow the same way Russian does and tends to combine a lot of strange constants.

Chinese: Weird strange sounding and somewhat staccato, but also very pretty when sung.

Japanese: One of my favourite languages to listen to, probably because I'm an Otaku.

Korean: A bit soft compared to Japanese, someone I know once said "like Japanese with a lisp". I also enjoy listening to this language like I do with Japanese.

Vietnamese: Very interesting sounding with such unique phonetics, but can be annoying.
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