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Old 12-25-2013, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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I wouldn't say that I don't like Portuguese from Portugal per se, but it just sounds so much like a Slavic language to me... I was really, really surprised when I heard it for the first time...


Joao Barros on RTPN nightly news (in Portuguese) talks about future internet - YouTube
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Old 12-25-2013, 11:56 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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I don't think people from the South of Mexico speak fast at all.

I give you that basically nobody from Mexico sounds like their from Madrid, but in Galicia, in Northwest Spain, people speak extremely fast, with a very high-pitched nasal accent.
What I said is that it doesn't sound like European Spanish. Sure we can split hairs but at the end of the day, it doesn't sound like European Spanish.
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Old 12-25-2013, 11:58 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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I like some Romance languages, Portuguese, Catalan, and some Italian, but in general the alternating syllable stress makes the ones with hard consonants and short vowels unpleasant.

On the other hand, Germanic languages, having initial stress sounds nicer to me when the language tends to have softer consonants like English, Norwegian, Swedish, and many German accents.

To me rhythm of a language is more important than consonantal quality.
I like rhythmic languages too which is why German was one of my favorites. Rap songs in German sound really cool for that reason.
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Old 12-25-2013, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Kharkiv, Ukraine
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Classical Latin, Italian, Ukrainian sound good for me. Malay-Indonesian can sound pretty good as well:
jalan pulang - YouTube
I'm not a fan of sounds of Hungarian and French. Chinese is not exactly ugly, but pretty strange to me.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:47 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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One thing I really don't like in some germanic languages is the lack of some occlusive consonants. I note this especially in Danish. They appear to have something in the mouth when speaking; a word such as "get" sounds more or less like "yet".
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Prettiest: Spanish and Portuguese

Ugliest: Arabic and Indian languages (hindi, Urdu, bengali etc.)
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Old 12-27-2013, 08:24 AM
 
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I could listen to the Irish speak (English...I don't know Irish Gaelic) all day. It's like they're singing.
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:00 AM
 
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I love Italian but I am obviously biased.
I always liked Hungarian, German,French, Spanish, Japanese and Greek.
I dislike Chinese,Thai,Korean, Portuguese (I can't stand to all "au,nao," sounds) and Arabic.
I do neither like nor dislike English: it's just too common to judge, I'm used to it.
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:29 PM
 
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I love Italian but I am obviously biased.
I always liked Hungarian, German,French, Spanish, Japanese and Greek.
I dislike Chinese,Thai,Korean, Portuguese (I can't stand to all "au,nao," sounds) and Arabic.
I do neither like nor dislike English: it's just too common to judge, I'm used to it.
Very weird and interesting opinion, but hey that's what makes the world go around. I prefer the sound of Korean and even Chinese over German. I fail to see anything charming or nice about the most germanic and slavic languages, though I think English can sound very nice. Despite French being a Romance language, I don't like it so much. I really like your language Italian, and I like my language Spanish, and I don't think it's because it's my language. I like a lot of the a and o sounds. well most of the vowel sounds.
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Consciousness
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Lovely languages:
Arabic Nasheeds
Farsi chanting
Swahili
Twi
Castillian Spanish
Esperanto

No ugly languages but German seems a bit harsh
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