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Old 08-25-2020, 04:13 AM
 
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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.
French is a great language spoken by a female, but not so much if it is spoken by a male.
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Old 08-25-2020, 06:20 AM
 
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I always wondered how there got to be so many Germans when they always sound so angry : )
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Old 08-25-2020, 06:56 AM
 
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French is a great language spoken by a female, but not so much if it is spoken by a male.
I’d say that’s true in most cases. Women embellish a language.
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Old 08-25-2020, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I agree, no offense to LGBT people I'm 100% for gay marriage but French sounds...well gay . .
I suppose by this you mean that French sounds effeminate, or non-virile?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LgMsR-jI1k

To me Castilian Spanish is one of the most effeminate sounding languages. I still like the language, but I prefer the soft Cs in Latin America to the TH sound in Spain.
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Old 08-26-2020, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne
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I don't prefer the sound of languages with a lot of elision and soft consonants (ʃ ʧ ʒ ɕ z v) such as Russian, Portuguese, and to a lesser extent, French. They sound slurred and "soft" to my ear and are hard to parse out the words from one another.

Italian and Spanish err to the other side. The rhythm of an unstressed initial syllable and a heavily stressed penultimate syllable makes them too staccato for my taste, but I do appreciate that they are easier to understand. And having studied Latin, I appreciate the heritage of the languages.

I like Germanic languages for the rhythm of initial stress and harder consonants. They may not be as mild, but in my opinion, the rhythm makes them potentially more poetic/musical. Schwiizerdütsch and Dutch/Afrikaans are my least favorite (though not particularly offensive to me). High German and Danish, are in the middle for me, and I like the sound of Norwegian and Swedish (at least some dialects) the best.

I am a native English speaker so I am too biased to judge, but I would say it would probably fit in the midrange of my preferences as it has some of the negative traits of the first group I described (softer consonants), but some of the positive traits of my preferred languages sound.
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Old 09-10-2020, 10:30 AM
 
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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".
:sm ack::sma ck::smac k:
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Old 09-30-2020, 06:33 AM
 
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Default Prettiest and ugliest languages

Prettiest languages: Korean
Ugliest languages: Hindi, Punjabi, German, Spanish, French, Arabic, Cantonese
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Old 09-30-2020, 06:59 AM
 
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Does anyone have any opinions on less widely spoken and heard languages? I'm
For instance I would describe Basque as sharp, alien, and with Castilian musicality.
Latvian manages to sound both flat and musical to my ears.
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Old 09-30-2020, 08:02 AM
 
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prettiest : French

Ugliest : Vietnamese
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Old 09-30-2020, 12:36 PM
 
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Does anyone have any opinions on less widely spoken and heard languages? I'm
For instance I would describe Basque as sharp, alien, and with Castilian musicality.
Latvian manages to sound both flat and musical to my ears.

If you mean say under 20m speakers as L1 then:


I like Kazakh, Mongolian to some extent as well as Romanian, Hungarian, Czech. Will easily include bulgarian as the best sounding slavic language. Hebrew is cool too. Maybe Greek as well...


Not a fan of Belarusian or Dutch.
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