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Old 03-31-2019, 02:30 PM
 
Location: SE Estonia
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Well, in fact no language is ugly, simply the languages ​​in which some syllables are emphasized by means of a separate intonation seem to me to be somewhat unfamiliar at first glance.
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Old 08-24-2020, 12:49 PM
 
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Some interesting facts from my POV and taste:

- French is very overrated and labeled as "pretty", when it sounds the other way round to my ears
- In the other hand German is very underrated and much more smooth than how is often portrayed.
- Greek and Georgian both sound very rough and unappealing when speaked, while, at the same time, they have some of the prettiest and most unique alphabets when written.

I sure agree with your opinion of French. Being a Canadian, I am exposed to French on virtually every product label, and I can understand a fair amount of written French. But as soon as a French person (from either France or Quebec) opens their mouth, it's totally incomprehensible to me. When it doesn't sound like they are speaking through the nose, it sounds like they are throwing up.

The other thing I dislike about French is that it takes so many words to say things. "Bathroom faucet handle" turns into "handle of the faucet of the room of the bath"

I like German, because of its precision and clear enunciation. Greek mostly sounds good to me, as do Romanian, Spanish, Italian, Russian. Some Japanese sound beautiful to me, but some not so much.
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Old 08-24-2020, 05:25 PM
 
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I sure agree with your opinion of French. Being a Canadian, I am exposed to French on virtually every product label, and I can understand a fair amount of written French. But as soon as a French person (from either France or Quebec) opens their mouth, it's totally incomprehensible to me. When it doesn't sound like they are speaking through the nose, it sounds like they are throwing up.

The other thing I dislike about French is that it takes so many words to say things. "Bathroom faucet handle" turns into "handle of the faucet of the room of the bath"

I like German, because of its precision and clear enunciation. Greek mostly sounds good to me, as do Romanian, Spanish, Italian, Russian. Some Japanese sound beautiful to me, but some not so much.
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Ugliest is by far Cantonese (sounds like people cursing at each other) followed by Danish (sounds like German and Swedish had a messed up child), Welsh (sounds like people chocking on potatoes), Mandarin (the "sh", "dzh" and "sch" sounds drive me crazy), and Haitian Creole (sounds like the speaker is performing exorcism).

Prettiest is Spanish, Jamaican English, Italian, Swedish, Thai (more cute than beautiful but I still love the sound of it), and Zulu. Spanish is particularly beautiful imo, the word for rainfall is "pluviosidad". Even disgrace sounds good in Spanish, "verguenza".
Not sure about the cursing part unless I know the context. But it is definitely loud, and the sing-song twang drives me crazy.
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Old 08-24-2020, 06:30 PM
 
Location: NW Seattle
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Greenlandic kinda sounds like a cross between Arabic and French


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzzCIKZLXHc
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Old 08-24-2020, 06:39 PM
 
Location: DMV Area/NYC/Honolulu
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The prettiest language in my view is Farsi/Persian. The Ayatollah was trashing the United States, but to the ignorant ear, it sounded like poetry

On the opposite end, I absolutely hate how Arabic and German sound.
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Old 08-24-2020, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN -
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The prettiest language in my view is Farsi/Persian. The Ayatollah was trashing the United States, but to the ignorant ear, it sounded like poetry

On the opposite end, I absolutely hate how Arabic and German sound.
You answered the "ugliest sounding languages" part of my response for me. Thanks. I'll add certain Chinese dialects to that. Horrible.

Prettiest languages to me are French, Italian, and Castilian Spanish. And, honestly, English -- spoken well by someone with a nice accent and voice.
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Old 08-24-2020, 09:16 PM
 
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I sure agree with your opinion of French. Being a Canadian, I am exposed to French on virtually every product label, and I can understand a fair amount of written French. But as soon as a French person (from either France or Quebec) opens their mouth, it's totally incomprehensible to me. When it doesn't sound like they are speaking through the nose, it sounds like they are throwing up.

The other thing I dislike about French is that it takes so many words to say things. "Bathroom faucet handle" turns into "handle of the faucet of the room of the bath"

I like German, because of its precision and clear enunciation. Greek mostly sounds good to me, as do Romanian, Spanish, Italian, Russian. Some Japanese sound beautiful to me, but some not so much.
English is far easily to get the message over in less words than German. French is sometimes termed the language of the angles.
You must certainly be around a certain class of speakers. Some English language accents sound worse.

A well elocuted French sounds very pleasant on the ear. Also a very vivid slang to rival English.
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Old 08-24-2020, 09:53 PM
 
Location: PNW, CPSouth, JacksonHole, Southampton
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Prettiest? Finnish, Classical Arabic, and Italian
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Old 08-24-2020, 10:39 PM
 
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English is far easily to get the message over in less words than German. French is sometimes termed the language of the angles.
You must certainly be around a certain class of speakers. Some English language accents sound worse.

A well elocuted French sounds very pleasant on the ear. Also a very vivid slang to rival English.

I have been around many French speakers. I spent about 2 years in France, and 6 months in Quebec. I have also heard a lot of French spoken in political news stories on TV.


You may like French, and that's fine. To me, it is the ugliest language I have ever heard.
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Old 08-25-2020, 03:07 AM
 
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To me, it is the ugliest language I have ever heard.

I agree, no offense to LGBT people I'm 100% for gay marriage but French sounds...well gay . I'd say it challenges Russian for the worst sounding language in the world.


Then again: Italian, Japanese, Latin -> ear orgasm.
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