Do you think korean, cantonese and japanese sound cool? (142)

1 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-03-17 04:43 ID:X/LDlAfh

I do, what do you think?

2 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-03-17 07:29 ID:2hajPPbQ

Korean has really, really strange phonology. It's not harsh for hearing but there's a bit of an initial shock.
I can't tell the difference between cantonese and mandarin orz. Both sound agreeable though, the sound of tones is overall pleasing.
Japanese, too, is pleasing. What strikes me most about it is its prosodic qualities. It isn't an intense shocking thing, but it's very much there and strange.

3 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-03-17 22:08 ID:Heaven

Japanese used to sound cool to me, but then I learned to speak it and now I can't hear it anymore. It's a language instead of a string of cool sounds :(

Mandarin sounds really nice, especially some girls have voices to die for. Cantonese grates on my nerves after a while.

Korean was really weird at first nida, but after watching a lot of films I'm used to it now nida. All their sentences seem to contain a lot of the same sounds though nida.

4 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-03-17 22:21 ID:IC94o0q4

>>1
I like the sound of Cantonese quite a lot. Mellower and more fun than Mandarin to me. Weirdly enough, when hearing it in the background in a place with a lot of ambient noise, like a bus or train (which I do all the time, because I live in a largely Cantonese-speaking area), it occasionally sounds like indistinct Thai, which I speak. It's funny, though, because Thai and Cantonese don't actually have very similar phonetic inventories or tone systems. I think it's just that they're both tonal languages with final consonants. So I find myself straining to hear what they're saying, then eventually realize it's Cantonese. I've since started to learn Cantonese, so this is less often a problem than it once was.

Korean I'm not so into--it sounds rather hissy and mushy to me. Too many sibilants and not enough noticeable sentence stress. Japanese is alright, and I speak little bit of that, too, but I find the hyper-feminine childlike intonation that some women employ quite grating.

5 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-03-24 16:37 ID:IC94o0q4

>>2

>>I can't tell the difference between cantonese and mandarin orz.

You could, suprisingly easily, if you knew what to look for. Two easy ways to tell: there's no 'sh' sound in Cantonese, and barely any final consonants in Mandarin syllables: just -n or -ng, both of which sound more or less like nasalized final vowels in fast speech.

For more subtle differences that require some sophisticated eavesdropping and a good ear, Cantonese has more tones, syllable-initial ng, and a small majority of sentences end with the utterance 'ah,' which serves, among other things, to soften questions.

Oh, and completely subjectively, I find Cantonese sounds, well, a little less harsh than Mandarin. But you may disagree.

6 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-03-30 05:48 ID:sMKwZnQO

Japanese sounds really nice to me, it's nice and simple and quick. Korean has some odd vowels. And the tones almost always turn me off in Chinese, but some girls just have the voice to pull it off.

>>5
I'm pretty sure I won't find many Mandarin speakers in Chicago, but I'll try to guess next time I hear Chinese being spoken. =P

7 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-04-01 19:40 ID:IC94o0q4

>>6

>>I'm pretty sure I won't find many Mandarin speakers in Chicago

Probably true, unless they're recent arrivals, or in town for business. Cantonese is the lingua franca of the majority of Chinese communities in the U.S..

8 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-04-11 21:20 ID:Ezit58fF

Japanese sounds really nice, and because they generally speak it so fast, it sounds really cool and challenging too. Korean sounds very harsh to my ears.
And Chinese sounds really similar to Korean. Except it sounds a little bit better, not so harsh. And Cantonese is very loud. But that can also be because many Cantonese speakers speak louder than speakers of other languages.

9 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-04-12 01:25 ID:dsk9s6i9

I think Cantonese being loud is just the speakers' problems... The restaurants here are always so loud because of all the Canto-speakers screaming at each other.

I think Cantonese uses a lot of slang and isn't as "elegant" as Mandarin. You can see this most clearly in contrasting Cantonese with Mandarin songs, I think.

I speak both Cantonese and Mandarin and I know a lot of Korean and Japanese speakers. If I had to pick one to be the most elegant sounding I think I would pick Mandarin, and Cantonese as the strongest when it comes to phoenetics.

And Cantonese has some of the best curses :)

10 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-04-13 03:57 ID:kdW21r7H

I think Cantonese has the ability to be the most annoying human language.

11 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-04-14 07:20 ID:ISWIfiOJ

>>9
/r/ Cantonese curse words

12 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-04-16 21:23 ID:awglT5Lv

>>10
Southeast Asian languages are pretty competitive with it, though.

13 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-04-17 21:18 ID:IC94o0q4

>>12
All of them? But Khmer, Malay, Vietnamese, and Thai all sound completely different! Which one or ones do you loathe so strongly?

14 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-04-17 23:14 ID:1tWPibmG

>>13
They all sound pretty nasally -- maybe not Malay, but Vietnamese and Thai certainly. But Cantonese takes the cake, I think.

15 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-04-21 00:25 ID:MmkzCrw5

What!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Korean sounds harsh? Never thought so, prob. b/c my native language is Korean.

:(

I like how Japanese and Mandarin sound. Esp. Mandarin has a sing-song tone to it, as long as you don't speak too loud.

16 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-04-22 20:47 ID:Heaven

THEY ALL SOUND THE SAME :(

Well, at least Japanese and Korean.

17 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-05-19 16:13 ID:51fczLdU

Thai, Cambodian, and All the Indian languages sound really funny - sounds like cat scratch to the ears. I find Cantonese and Vietnamese to sound more "masculine" like - loud and direct - i.e. Cantonese - Diu ne lo mo (fuck your mother), Du ma may (vietnamese version). And Mandarin - sounds really feminine - especially native speaking Mandarin guys sound really feminine. Japanese/Korean - sounds kinda the same - but soft on the ears.

18 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-05-20 11:38 ID:+PF97jg5

Japanese sounds like a guy doing a five minute long tongue twister mixed with vocal exercises.

19 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-05-21 06:14 ID:h/+NLJd9

What!!! Chinese sounds like two dogs fighting, it sounds horrible.

20 Name: Anon : 2008-05-26 07:59 ID:egeH+yj/

Mandarin sounds nice, especially Taiwanese Mandarin. Japanese sounds way cool! Cantonese sounds ok when it's spoken calmly and softly ~

21 Name: ALEXLIKESMUDKIPS : 2008-06-16 18:44 ID:OO3toDA2

Korean and Japanese are the best out of the international music section.Chineese sounds horrible

22 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-06-17 04:47 ID:N9qCKqJd

Japanese sounds really cool. Korean sounds a bit odd. Cantonese... no.

23 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-06-18 04:17 ID:004DkVs+

Japanese is most definitely the most bad ass sounding language there is. Nothing beats precisely undulating pitches.

24 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-06-18 18:10 ID:EKkWht4y

Japanese is probably the best sounding one, Mandarin comes second and I just plain dislike Korean.

25 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-06-23 19:15 ID:YWJUU9Kr

i speak mandarin, and since ive grown up with ALOT of koreans, i find that the korean language soulds really nice... but i especially think japanese is the best... but after learning the language, its not as great anymore and i find japanese really choppy and retarded... i like korean the best... i often try to speak beijing mandarin, since im half shanghai/taiwanese, to make it sound more like korean... i dont know, someone tell me if beijing madarin sounds more like korean... btw i think cantonese and veitmanese sound the exact same, except canton sounds worse... but they bnoth sound horrible and annoying...

26 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-06-27 20:33 ID:WBOyCust

I think japanese sounsd retarded. I respect the language and wouldn't mind learning it. But in the middle of a sentance they have to throw in an english word and add "-o" or "-u" to the end.

27 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-06-30 06:08 ID:G48pC1Fe

>Korean

Wat

28 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-06-30 09:32 ID:G48pC1Fe

I hate nigger lol

29 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-07-25 21:31 ID:Fm/pZakK

im korean, but i've lived in china,beijing/shanghai for 10 years... :)... i dont know... the first time i heard it, it sounded like "sha, zhe, bu, shi, zha" use alot of tongue rolling... then i started to like it, sounds smooth and i listen to mandarin music really often... songs like S.H.E, jolin tsai, wilber pan, lee hom, sissi dai, jay chou but im glad korean music is getting so popular... boa,big band, suju... oh and mandarin suju-m but anyways since im korean, go korea, best language!

30 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-07-28 07:13 ID:4YoiJ0XI

I think most people here like Japanese only because they watch a lot of anime. It's really not that nice of a language.

31 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-07-28 08:53 ID:qWa6wW2I

I hate japanese. grammatically.

32 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-07-28 20:54 ID:HAW/Pn9I

I think Japanese sounds like French. And hearing French feels like there's somebody licking through your face..brrr.

33 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-07-30 07:05 ID:dzeQUKqq

I like Cantonese because I believe it has preserved more features from Middle or Ancient Chinese than Mandarin such as the final consonants. However my family actually speaks the dialect of Toisan/Hoisan which is a little bit different from Standard Cantonese.

34 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-07-30 16:49 ID:IC94o0q4

>>33
My Cantonese teacher accused many of her students of speaking with a Toisan accent--she heard Toisan everywhere! Toisan's a LOT different from Cantonese, though. Only five tones, and a voiceless lateral fricative!

35 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-07-31 05:07 ID:fUSXA5Bp

Cantonese sounds terrible to my ears, the hideous ping-pong noise is too much.

36 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-07-31 17:24 ID:EKkWht4y

The reason I wanted to study Japanese was because I thought it sounded beautiful.
The reason I got into anime was due to the studies.

37 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-08-08 00:14 ID:PqKoZw7f

>>32

no. not like french

38 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-08-10 17:33 ID:01XHtr0d

Can't stand Mandarin. Sounds like people can't use their mouths quite right.

And that thing where Beijing speakers throw the "r" on the end of things is probably the most annoying thing ever.

39 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-08-13 06:51 ID:aZgA5g8s

CANTONESE PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS ANGRY around here. So I can't compare it with Mandarin, since they only switch to Mandarin to be all gentle with us foreigners.

40 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2008-08-13 10:40 ID:xQ6mA9v2

Mandarin sounds like you've got something stuck in your throat and you're pushing the sounds through your teeth. Cantonese sounds more laid back and expressive.

41 Name: Will : 2008-09-13 04:39 ID:hU/hmMLH

Who the fuck are you cunts to say which language is the worst, you cunts probally dont even speak another language apart from your fuckin engrish

42 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2009-01-30 07:07 ID:La4KkCah

in this thread asian people and a few white nerds

43 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2009-02-01 23:45 ID:6KZwm/aG

>>32

Japanese is entirely unlike French, even our Quebec French. The phonotactics differ greatly.

French is more harsh, mainly because of the "r" (voiced uvular fricative). Japanese just flows on the tongue.

44 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2009-02-02 04:25 ID:ptTBir2r

Japanese is ok but there's too many final u for my taste.
Cantonese is annoying, VERY ANNOYING.
Mandarin varies, depends on dialect.

  • the more rhotic ones in the north sounds angry and is annoying
  • the one spoken by cantonese sounds really silly thus funny
  • Taiwanese Mandarin is ok

Korean sounds kinda like Beijingian.

45 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2009-02-02 19:01 ID:Heaven

>>41
This is a thread about opinions. Please respect everyone's point of view. I'm sure you hold somethings close to you which others do not agree with.

46 Name: sage : 2009-02-04 08:47 ID:KlIESnxx

no. i learned japanese so i could play visual novels.

47 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2009-03-28 14:39 ID:q1QuhBbJ

>>37
i agree with him french are language that sounds more class
whereas japanese and cantonese you can only show-off to your friend that you can go other country without language problems

48 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2009-04-05 11:28 ID:RDv2XASz

No I don't think they sound cool at all. German is the coolest language in my opinion. I also only learned Japanese so I could play there visual novel, but I don't particularly like the language.

49 Name: Tokumei : 2009-06-20 20:41 ID:vBIPb5VN

Do any of you guys REALLY know any of these languages? I mean can you really explain its structures, writing and sound systems. Can you read newspapers written in any of these languages, or at least able to read cook books?
I'm very doubtful.

"i agree with him french are language that sounds more class" - - how can you really say that, without TRULY mastering, well both French and Japanese or Cantonese.

For those think Japanese sounds really quick - you're all kidding, right? You only feel like that because you don't know the language, LOL.

No wonder American, especially those with Anglo-German decent tend to be so ignorant when come to foreign languages.

50 Name: damon : 2009-06-29 07:04 ID:uRY7qRyE

Korean sounds horrible to me.... sounds like ppl are gonna fight each other sometimes.

Other times it sounds really whining and grates on my ears.. when ppl speak korean around me i can't concentrate.

Japanese and Chinese are ok I guess although neither sound great.There's one chinese language that is annoying I think cantonese but not entirely sure.

51 Name: Kundo : 2009-07-05 18:53 ID:Yrl8aYic

Italian is the most beautiful sounding language.

52 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2009-07-10 01:03 ID:tkx37qa6

Of the Chinese languages, Mandarin sounds stuffy and stuck-up while Cantonese sounds choppy but is the language of the people.

53 Name: Shannon Lee : 2009-07-21 06:18 ID:1sBrfU+I

我真的觉得韩语、广东话和日语听上去给人的感觉丝毫不一样。应该是和各自的文化底蕴有关吧。我会听广东话。每次听到都觉得很温暖、很舒服。像极了当地人。日语让我觉得很小心严谨,发音很短促。很利落。但是很难让我觉得舒服。韩语,我真的不想多说了。我一度很喜欢,但是了解的多了,就越觉得韩国人有些奇怪的狭隘。实际上,我现在一点都不喜欢。

54 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2009-07-23 01:33 ID:IC94o0q4

>>53
您是否讲广东? (Sorry, this is a machine translation... Are you a native speaker of Cantonese?) Also, why do you not like Korean anymore?

55 Name: Anonymous : 2009-08-28 17:41 ID:h8+bDG6i

i like korean and japanese.
to me chinese just sounds loud and annoying

56 Name: 9090909 : 2009-09-14 08:41 ID:2Cg98z7+

All the lauguages are nice,

No one can say which is nice or bad.

To me, there are all the same.

57 Name: Shiphire : 2009-09-15 13:23 ID:oF4ZO/3f

Random intervene! Woohoo!

As a person who can speak chinese, mandarine, english and malay, I could give some honest opinion, LoL. (From the combination of the language i know, you should know which country I originate from, LoL.)

Cantonese, even within citizen and between cantonese, we admits that cantonese somehow felt like it sounded more rude compared to all other languages, LoL.

There are times where I felt korean and japanese are similar to chinese/cantonese.

For example, japanese: sekai (world) is cantonese (saekai)
Korean: junbi (ready) is cantonese (junbei)

These are just examples of their similarity.
Not to mention that japanese uses kanji and korean uses hanja, which is same as chinese/cantonese.

Cheers!

58 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2009-09-18 06:36 ID:Uu8PXgEt

>>57

> There are times where I felt korean and japanese are similar to chinese/cantonese.
> japanese: sekai (world)
> Korean: junbi (ready)

No wonder since Japanese and Korean have gotten a lot of loanwords from Chinese.

59 Name: Michelle : 2009-10-10 10:16 ID:crJoLTFS

I have to say, I think out of the Asian languages, Japanese and Korean sound the most pleasing and similar to each other. I have to admit Chinese (both Mandarin and Canto) gets on my nerves. From shopping in Seoul and Toyko, and hearing Japanese and Korean, it sounds nice! but then I hear Chinese and well...I want to get out of the store as soon as possible. I also find that Chinese-Chinese people are more rude than the average Asian...
Boy those, "Shur, Shu, Chi, SHUh" sounds really grate my ears.
Viet, and Thai are not so pleasant either...
Mongolian is aite.

~Italian and Spanish (Spain) not Mexican or Puerto Rican... sound beautiful.

60 Name: chikushou : 2009-12-13 18:21 ID:pA1P7GU6

I am Canadian, and I have dated girls of three nationals: Koreans, Japanese, and Taiwanese. From my experience, I must say the sound of the language most depends on who it's spoken by and it also reflects the attitudes and zeitgeist of the country. Japanese are extremely polite; their language doesn't even have offensive or expletive words. They never raise their voice unless they have to. On the other end of spectrum, there's mainland chinese, who don't have regard for what others think in the public. So one might perceive them as annoying and rude, but it's just part of their culture. In the middle there's a mix of both: Korean. I've stayed in Japan for about half year, and when I first arrived in Korea, I couldn't really make out whether they were speaking Japanese or Korean. As far as Cantonese is concern, I used to hate it, but I like it better than mandarin.

61 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2009-12-16 08:41 ID:24JF992T

ma po dou fu! away!!!

62 Name: Zee : 2009-12-22 19:47 ID:PqyihIf/

I LOVE KOREAN~ Japanese is cool too. Cantonese gets a bit weird at times but is rather interesting to some extent. ^^

63 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2009-12-25 17:05 ID:Mf5l7lFU

At first I thought that japanese is very strange and complicated, after the first 6 months I started to vomit just thinking about japanese(not because it was complicated) but now I find japanese the best language ever existed.

64 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2009-12-26 23:10 ID:GJ8RuhwH

cantonese is one of the ugliest languages i've ever heard.

65 Name: james : 2010-01-03 07:49 ID:uRY7qRyE

wow I can't believe there's ppl that actually enjoy listening to Korean?? I don't know about you but to me Korean has the distinction of being both extremely rough and angry while at the same time being incredibly whiny. I don't even know how that's possible but it is.

Cantonese sounds awful to me as well.

Japanese sounds too femenine for my tastes. But overall I would say Japanese and Mandarin sound the most "elegant" however you want to put it.

And don't even get me started on those SE asian languages like tagalog, or Thai, Vietnamese etc.

Overall to be honest asian languages just aren't that nice sounding.

66 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-01-17 16:26 ID:GJ8RuhwH

>>63
What? That doesn't seem to make any sense.

67 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-02-01 08:40 ID:6NIWOn7W

A fire broke out on a ship. The captain, wanting to make the passengers dive into the ocean with smoothness, said:
to the English, "A true gentleman would dive in a time like this"
to the German, "The rules say to jump overboard"
to the Italian, "The lady of fine proportions just went overboard"
to the American, "If you jump, you will be a hero"
to the Russian, "The bottle of vodka was swept away; it's still within reach"
to the French, "Please do not go overboard"
to the Japanese, "Everyone else has already made the jump"
to the South Korean, "The Japanese has already made the jump"
to the Chinese, "Those fish look pretty tasty"
to the North Korean, "Now is your chance to seek asylum"

Sailor: "Captain! The Korean still remains!"
Captain: "Leave him alone."
Sailor: "Why do you say so!"
Captain: "He will be nothing but trouble if he survives. I'll be demanded compensation for wetting his clothes"

68 Name: That Polyglot Bastard : 2010-02-01 21:36 ID:IC94o0q4

>>And don't even get me started on those SE asian languages like tagalog, or Thai, Vietnamese etc.

This kind of thing always surprises me. OK, you don't like the way any of them sound. That's fine. But I find it strange that it seems appropriate to you to group them together. Ignoring the fact that we're talking about three unrelated language families, they don't even have similar phonetic inventories... essentially, they sound nothing like one another! First and perhaps most obviously, Tagalog's got no tones. Thai and Vietnamese both have tones, but very little else in common. Viet's mostly monosyllabic, which makes the rhythm of speech completely distinct from that of Thai. The vowel systems are also completely distinct--Vietnamese has four vowels not found in Thai, and Thai has at least three, perhaps four, not found in Vietnamese.

69 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-02-02 16:36 ID:O0fHBKfI

I love Mandarin, especialy when it is pronounced by scholar officials in historical drama.

70 Name: sam : 2010-02-10 16:36 ID:IosBwYEU

korean is definitely the best language. daehanmikguk saranghae!! i have been learning it for a while but its still soo hard xD japanese is second. i do find chinese a refreshing break from korean and japanese though

71 Name: blip : 2010-02-17 07:57 ID:4zJhb/6/

i think korean sounds cool but the women somehow always sound a bit whiny to me.. the pop music is super popular (maybe thanks to the prettyboys though)

japanese sounds pretty badass if you ask me, although some of it is just funnily pronounced english :P probably one of the coolest languages out there

mandarin makes people sound wise and confucius-y and cantonese is really choppy but is probably one of the more modern/trendy languages (like jap) because of the ever-changing slang and stuff. ive heard that if you leave hong kong for a year then the way you talk will be kind of old fashioned. i think chinese might be the hardest to learn though..

72 Name: Ana : 2010-02-18 01:01 ID:EX2SM7WQ

i love japanese!im learning it right now, its pretty cool. somehow i love how korean sounds, sometimes it reminds of french LOL and kpop is just so awesome all the hot singersxD the music is pretty gooood.. chinese idk i prefer japanese and korean:)

73 Name: randome : 2010-03-01 01:25 ID:f34HGuZs

i am sitting to this korean couple who one of them is my roomate. I think They are talking normally though, but it sounds to me like they are in big fight, I can't concentrate of my studying much, Korean language is too harsh, annoying, and lack of manner which is nothing to be praise of at all.

74 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-03-05 05:46 ID:9G18fr1/

Whether or not a language sounds pretty or ugly is determined largely by the way in which a person speaks. With that caveat in mind, I think that Japanese sounds nice, that Korean sounds slightly less nice, and that Chinese (either mandarin or cantonese, not like I could tell the difference) sounds really ugly. It's hard to listen to Chinese without thinking, "How the FUCK do these people make these sounds?!" If I learned the language, I'd probably think differently, but Chinese is one of the most alien-sounding languages I've ever heard.

German can also sound nice to me.

75 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-04-02 20:29 ID:fYBJSQhv

i'm finding it hard to understand the reasoning behind why people dislike cantonese or any other language. you'd have to be some kind of retarded, epileptic monkey with sensitive hearing to find any language harsh, ugly or unbearable. To base your thoughts on a language on bad experience alone is very short sighted.most famous asian actors origniated from Hong Kong(cantonese) films, by some people's logic, their movies should have been too unbearable to watch because of the terrible and immensely ugly language.

76 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-04-04 22:20 ID:x/C0JMXp

Whoever thinks Korean sounds harsh is seriously straight retarded.. First of all, Korean and Japanese are similar in that the language itself when spoken is pretty monotone.. Chinese in any form is the most obnoxious language ever. All the hard accents in the language are in no way soothing, or nice. Mandarin is by far the only Chinese dialect that is easier on the ears. If you think Chinese is harsher than Korean, you do not know what you're talking about.

Korean is different in that there is a different set of vocab to distinguish formal conversations between younger and older people to address respect.. Hence the inclusion of "ni da" at the end of each sentence.

77 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-04-04 22:25 ID:x/C0JMXp

No joke, I overheard a conversation between my Chinese friend and his mother.. We thought that they were fighting and getting into an argument about something.. Come time to ask him what the hell that was all about, all he had said to his mother was that he wouldn't be home too late, and that he loves her..

BTW, this was in Canto.. nobody can possibly call chinese "graceful" in any sense.

78 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-05-03 06:45 ID:3GECvRpd

I think Chinese sounds like a can being thrown to the stairs. Koreans and Japanese sound hell a lot better than that dirty language.

79 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-05-12 04:32 ID:DtEUJpw0

ima korean but i think english sounds awesome

80 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-05-23 04:12 ID:PmZc1vx/

It really depends on who is saying it, and the tone of voice. Take Japanese, for example, the voice of a gentle character sounds beautiful, while the voice of an obnoxious character sounds ugly, even if it is the same language.

The only objective way to compare them would be to have the same person say the same thing in the same manner for each language.

81 Name: Leong Wan Meng : 2010-05-26 03:00 ID:eMc92aMD

to be honest, there are many chinese dialects, Cantonese is one of the chinese dialects, i can speak , Fuzhou dialects, which is Min Dong dialect, Min nan or known as "Hokkien" in south east asia. or known as "Hoklo" or "taiwan-oe" in taiwan. Other than that Hakka , Teochew , Shanghainese and more. Cantonese are just one of the dialects so are Mandarin. Due to various language in China , they choose Mandarin as their official language instead, but some can speak their native languages. Some of the Japanese word are similar to chinese, For example , (天才) Genius= Japanese - Tensai/. Mandarin - Tien Chai. Phone - Hokkien or known as Taiwanese "DienWa" Mandarin " Tien Hua" Japanese " DenWa". World - Hokkien or Taiwanese " Sekai " Mandarin " SeJie" Japanese " Sekai " There are more sound similar to Japanese.

82 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-05-27 02:14 ID:g2kp46h+

>>81

Seriously I could not understnad a word:P

Can you make them simpler?

83 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-05-27 18:24 ID:hzzabj45

mandarim is the official dialect so i think you should learn mandarim first.

84 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-06-03 15:34 ID:MWlgEHbS

Eh Japanese sounds decent, but Cantonese sounds awful
Russian is the best sounding language though

85 Name: asdasdasd : 2010-06-08 13:32 ID:fLZK9ocx

nidul jigm sibal morago sala gorinya

86 Name: Anonymous : 2010-06-23 20:39 ID:yI3Xn2lI

well
basically
Cantonese sounds bit harsh
Mandarin sounds softer than Cantonese but still harsh
Japanese sounds whinny but soft
Korean sounds mono--- with the same tone

they all sound cool since they are all foriegn to me

87 Name: steve bobs : 2010-07-23 05:39 ID:3cHRivxt

I think that all the language sounds cool if a person with a really cool voice and tone speaks the language. But in my opinon I dont really like chinese when its spoken by people who just keeps on babbling and whos really loud. I, mostly heard the japanese language from animes so i cant really tell if its cool but i know one thing for sure that most of the girls in japan tries to make their voice cute or somthing and it sounds realy annoying. Koreans are just normal to me since its my second language.

88 Name: gyjtjuy : 2010-08-01 07:55 ID:5oaVqq/o

cantonese sounds better than mandarin

korean is the shiz
KPOP FTW

89 Name: Hello : 2010-09-23 16:45 ID:jWLHzDyI

For me, Korean sounds the best. It has enough vowels to let it sound smooth and when I was in Korea for two months, I literally just sat in cafes alone to listen to their language. It was that good! It is like those romance languages but, an asian one haha!

Japanese was one of my favorite languages before I heard Korean.. I came to realize that the language was too light and there was really no "fun" in the language... But it still is one of the most beautiful languages!

Mandarin was really weird to me at first but when I got used to it, it sounded alright with all the rolls in sentences... like sherrr lol...

Cantonese... no offense... but I really don't like... this language.. I mean I tried liking it.. I tried and tried and tried but it is just.. too harsh.

Btw I am austrian :-)

90 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-10-01 13:45 ID:DaobjrjP

I agree that Cantonese doesn't sound as romantic or smooth as other languages, but for some reason I love listening to guys speak Cantonese. I think they sound genuine? Or manly? I can't quite put my finger on it..

91 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-10-06 21:48 ID:Vc5Xx44l

>>89
What do you think of English?

92 Name: Liu Xin Yuan : 2010-10-15 17:45 ID:8c8n0UJt

中国人那么喜欢吃?我可不这么认为,只不过是中国人的饮食做得很棒罢了。说实话,我自己并不太在意吃的东西,不是那么讲究。

其次关于语言的听觉感受,我觉得我的母语——普通话——在正式场合的发音真的很棒,但是在日常生活中人们并不这么说话。我觉得粤语很好听,很柔软,女孩子讲起来嗲声嗲气,很讨人喜欢。再说日语,日语感觉急促但是却流畅,看似矛盾,其实不然。日语还有一个有意思的就是——我这种不懂日语的人,有的时候看日语文章,很多话竟然可以理解它的含义。韩语吗……韩语有的时候听起来像是超级一样,发音很重的感觉。朝鲜人正式场合说话实在太夸张了!韩国人首尔口音我觉得还不错,因为最后的尾音总是喜欢转来转去,很柔美,去掉了韩语的一丝硬朗。

另外,中国由于地方太多、人口太多,所以方言太多,从而造成的普通话的口音也有很多,比如我来自孔子的山东省,一个山东省的方言就有多种,相应,人们说普通话听起来也就稍微有些不一样。比如说青岛人讲话,我个人感觉和法语就有点像。而这只是北方口音,如果是南方的话,天呐,那可了不得了,为什么这么说呢?因为南方的方言简直就是外语!而且是很多很多外语!有些人l和n是分不开的,有些人是有th的音的,这些只是最小最小的例子。其实整个语音系统就是完全不同的,发音方法也是不同的。所以,当人们在讲通用的普通话的时候,其声音效果自然就会不一样。

多说一点就是,中国各地方的文化实在是很不一样的,所以,如果你用一个中国人、一群中国人的表现来总结全体中国人的共性,实在大错特错。就像在我的家乡,春节的习俗十分传统和隆重,但是在有些地方,这些常见的习俗完全看不到影踪。再比如我在讲笑话的时候,很多南方同学完全觉得没意思,而事实上,对我来说并不是这样。

如果您有什么问题,可以咨询我:nst@ishanting.com

93 Name: Liu Xin Yuan : 2010-10-15 18:10 ID:8c8n0UJt

by the way, i dont think mandarin is gay... or womanly... well, i just think the taiwan-way-mandarin is a little girllike... i also dont like beijing accent, it's too... cynical... and funny. i think the best accent is the standard. it's masculine, but not too much and also gentleman.

94 Name: popopo : 2010-11-12 02:09 ID:rrbT91yz

i am just curious if people in the world can make difference between Chinese, korean and japanese on the sound.
I am a native Japanese and I think Korean and Japanese sound somehow similar. Even for me (although rarely) it occurs when some Korean speaks bit far from me, I must focus on him to be sure if he is some Japanese from our north land or Korean.

95 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-11-17 23:29 ID:Vc5Xx44l

>>94
I haven't heard much Korean, but I can easily tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese. To me, Chinese has a very different sound, due to its tones.

96 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-12-17 14:53 ID:CWe4RbTt

Korean sounds like a mixture of cantonese + japanese to me.

It has more cantonese type of consonants but more close to japanese grammar, and vowels somewhere in between the two.

Though I speak cantonese natively, I like the sounding of Japanese, but I found the grammar too complicated and its annoying to use a long combination of sounds to say one thing, which I can say the same thing in cantonese with just 2 sounds.

97 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2010-12-27 09:06 ID:gVBzp+vJ

It's not surprising that Korean and Japanese language are very similar due to the fact that they both stemmed from an ancient altaic language that is in no way related to China's ancient language except for some loan words. Millions of ancient migrants that passed through Korea to the Japanese isles brought new language and merged with the ancient jomon/ainu people who lived in Japan for thousands of years. Japanese language evolved over time with loan words from China and Korea, the grammar from old Korea, and a mixture of polynesian words to create something different and unique.

Japanese vowels - ah ee eh oh oo
Korean vowels -ah uh oh oo eh ae ee eu

As for what I like.. Japanese is okay, but I think most english speakers are in love with them because they are obsessed with anime (which is not a good representation of how they actually speak). A pleasing sounding language, simple but oddly feminine.. unable to pronounce other language's dialect most of the time. Ex: Meree Kooreesoomasoo! Makes me do a double take sometimes.

Korean sounds oddly mountaineous with a wide variety of tones. However, they do tend to sound sharp, earthy and pissed off, like German. But that's not all the time though. When they speak a little more quietly and slowly it sounds very sophisticated and romantic. I have to say Korean singers are by far the most pleasant sounding when it comes to J/K/C music, especially the females. It's easier to pick up a universal emotional quality which is harder to listen for in C or J.

Chinese doesn't sound bad, just different. They're one of the few languages in the world that uses a tonal language which is pretty awesome and can sound sing song sometimes. Like Korean, I feel it sometimes sounds sharp and angry, but I'm sure it doesn't mean they're angry or bad mannered. Only ignorant people will classify someone as 'no manners' just by listening to their language. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar enough with either Mandarin or Cantonese so I won't make any solid assumptions.

In conclusion, a language is a language, they're all different and unique, not just asian languages.

98 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2011-01-12 05:43 ID:as0cgSs9

japanese sounds the most melodic, like a bird chattering; kyoto dialect is the best in my opinion, sounds very wise and sophisticated in an ancient kinda way, and osaka dialect the most hideous

korean sounds like a combination of chinese and japanese, just really breathy, and they end a lot of syllables with the "l" sound so it kinda sounds like they're swallowing their tongue a lot. north korean sounds less slurred together than south korean.

chinese, where to begin... so many dialects....
standard mandarin is... standard. very official sounding. probably only chinese language that doesn't sound cheap.

beijing mandarin is okay, sounds like they have hot tofu in their mouths with all the errrrr sounds, but beijingers talk and swear waaay to much in their spoiled sarcastic arrogant style

nanjing and shanghai dialects sounds better. jiangsu dialects in general sound soft but often really shrill and petty.

northeastern dialect (manchurian) sounds very country bumpkin-ish, always makes me think of peasants.

shandong dialect sounds heavy, like when scottish or irish people speak english; more of a brogue than a dialect.

tianjin dialect similar to beijing dialect, but with weird tones, like when italians speak english.

gansu dialect sounds like mongolian or turkish or something; too much phlegm. shaanxi dialect also lots of phlegm.

sichuan, hubei, yunnan dialects have that flamboyant southern twang, i can't decide if i like them or not (leaning towards not)

cantonese sounds really blunt and harsh, no matter who says it. expressive but hideous.

taiwanese mandarin can be soft, but most of the times it's soooo nasally and harsh and ugly... all the sounds are blurred together, like "sh" and "s" they pronounce the same... taiwanese minnan sounds similar, kinda like southeast asian languages.

tibetan sounds half chinese half indian, lots of "dr" sounds

mongolian sounds like growling. outer mongolian is a bit russian-ish.

vietnamese sounds like a cantonese person talking with his nose.
thai sounds like cantonese with rolling "rrr" sounds.

filipino sounds like thai/spanish/english.

99 Name: wowiee : 2011-01-25 08:55 ID:q/wjLoyw

There's a lot of ignorance in this thread. First of all, what gives anyone the right to say which language is "better" only by its sounds? Sure, they are all your VALUABLE opinions, but if anyone cared to value their thoughts so much, then they would have at least thought twice before they typed in anything useful.

I think how a language sounds depends on a mixture of your cultural background and how you experienced the language in your life. A Cantonese speaker might as well call English an ugly, displeasing language if they heard it the first time, and came across a rudely loud English tourist. A lot of Asians think it is essential to learn English though, because they immediately associate English speakers= intelligent and 'classy'.

Same thing with kids in America. They usually come across a group of Asians speaking loudly for the first time, got annoyed by how strange and different it sounds, matched it with how they seemed to behave so rudely (when really it's just their cultural tendency), and called the language ugly and displeasing.

So my point is, it's pointless to argue which language sounds more 'elegant' or more 'pleasing' because it's going to differ for EVERY INDIVIDUAL.

100 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2011-01-26 15:56 ID:0WRjBRGS

101 Name: mmhmm : 2011-02-28 10:35 ID:xOaD3y94

Personally, languages that I find pleasant to listen to depends how they're delivered.

As for those who don't like the way Cantonese sounds- I respectfully disagree with you all.

To me I liken them to sounds
Korean- rolling thunder/waves crashing
Japanese- frogs ribbiting (in a rhythmic sense)
Cantonese- biting on something (alot of vowels)

And on a final note, the only horrible sounding language is one that's delivered with hate and malice ;).

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103 Name: PK : 2011-04-25 22:50 ID:TGKnb+1h

Obviously most people like asian languages that sound closer to english and european languages, which is why Japanese and korean are liked most by westerners.

104 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2011-05-05 04:20 ID:Y/o37vZo

I can easily distinguish spoken Japanese from other Asian languages thanks to years of watching anime and listing to Jpop.

I can sort of tell Korean apart from any form of Chinese but I'm completely lost when it comes to telling Mandarin and Cantonese apart. I'm sure if I gained more experience with those three languages I could easily distinguish them from each other.

The written languages are ridiculously easy to tell apart, though.

105 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2011-05-21 05:50 ID:Heaven

When a woman sings a song in Mandarin, it sounds very clear.

106 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2011-09-23 22:30 ID:n1S9/nHp

>>104
It's easy to distinguish Korean from Asian.
The only things you have to do is watch their sexual attitude.
Korean might has crazy sexual habit just called "Prostitute animal Korean".

●Prostitute Animal Korean

Watch your ass! Korean loves almost all range of sex and age, even if not only you are elementary school students but you are upper eighty.

●Crimate rate of (Koreans in Japan/Japanese)
rape  murder  robber
3.0     2.8    4.5
http://web2.nazca.co.jp/midorinosono/

●Crimate rate of (Korean /Japanese)
rape  murder  robber
7.29    4.04    2.35
http://www.unodc.org/pdf/crime/seventh_survey/7sc.pdf

107 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2011-09-28 08:43 ID:n1S9/nHp

Just i got a sense.
Animal prostitution stands for Korean horrible culture about prostitution as if prostitute animal Korean.

108 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2011-10-02 16:14 ID:aDilIfOC

I think all these languages sound cool to me. Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Japanese.
The most annoying languages to me are 1. Turkish, 2. Arabic, 3. Hebrew.

109 Name: Vegabond hobo : 2011-12-25 05:37 ID:oe9ugngH

> 106

Little Yaoi Jap boy care to explain what those numbers mean?
You little "Wa" dwarfs should thank the Koreans for teaching you old Korean which you call Japanese.
Although you learn to speak old Korean shame you dwarfs still cna't come up with your own writing system still writing with Chinese characters.

110 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2012-01-01 17:03 ID:C8gOomkQ

I am typical American white male and I think Cantonese sounds very similar to Vietnamese, Korean language sounds like German, and Japanese sounds sort of like indigenous language from Philippines.
Korean sounds pleasing, Japanese and Mandarin can be tolerable, but I can't stand to Cantonese and Vietnamese.

111 Name: Anon : 2012-01-10 21:18 ID:TloYCrwy

This thread is still going on?

As a native Cantonese speaker I do concede that Cantonese is one of the harsher sounding dialects out there, though I still have to say that Korean and Beijing-accented Mandarin take the cake for the "I'm not arguing, I'm communicating" statement.

A point I'd like to make about Vietnamese is that it seems to particularly grate on Cantonese ears mainly because it sounds like a drunk, whining Cantonese speaker. Friend said that's the sound of "Southern" Vietnamese though.

112 Name: Kana : 2012-03-11 20:24 ID:K29qDVNU

I'm Japanese but I think Korean sounds the most pleasing. And then Japanese but they're both awesome ^^

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115 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2012-03-28 14:03 ID:/5lFTd9w

Korean sounds kind of badass. (I'm French, so don't begin to worthlessly trash me, Japanese basement dwellers).

>>106
It's a minority that turned to crime and didn't integrate in your country, how can you generalize that to a whole people?

116 Name: anon : 2012-03-28 19:06 ID:4xrNjCcq

They can all sound harsh and they can all sound soft or graceful.

With regard to Cantonese. The Hong Kong variety can actually be stately and graceful. I've heard young women from the 70s and 80s speak in older TVB broadcasts that make it sound flowing and beautiful. However, the speech has deteriorated today with excessive slurring and whiny intonation a la American Valley Girl English (which to my hears sounds the worst all any language I've heard). Most overseas Chinese do not speak the Hong Kong standard and have strong regional village accents that sound muddled and non-sibilant.

Mandarin can sound wonderful, softer than Cantonese no matter who's speaking. But it also allows for much more whiny intonations than cantonese due to its freer tonal system.

Both Japanese and Korean sound great, except when older men or women with villages speak them loudly, but still sound better than Valley Girl.

117 Name: asianguy : 2012-06-20 20:19 ID:c3faWNuI

I think how harsh or angry they sound usually depends on the speaker, not the language itself. I speak Mandarin with a semi northern, semi Beijing accent and Korean and find them both to be reasonably pleasant.

The Mandarin tones give it a nice sing-song quality, especially if spoken slowly (doesn't happen a lot). Although some people people don't like erhua, I find it makes the language sound more natural. I find it sounds really awkward when you don't use it.

I like the sound of Korean, but find the increased frequency of consonants (patchi'im) makes it less flowing than Mandarin.

To me, Cantonese sounds really nasal and unsophisticated.

Japanese on the other hand is really cute and I love the rhythm that it has.
After Mandarin, Korean and English, my most confident languages are French and German. Although I quite like the sound of French when I speak it, I don't like the sound of native speakers. I find the throaty r's really harsh. With German, its the other way round. I like the sound of all the aspiration, but can never seem to do it right myself. But compared to asian languages, they sound completely different.

I don't know if anyone has ever heard Latin spoken by someone who knows how to read it properly (I mean a professor in classics or something along those lines, obviously no one can pronounce it with a "Roman" accent), I find it has many of the qualities I like in languages. It is rhythmical like Japanese but not as strongly, because of the long vowels, and it has a very poetic feel.

118 Name: asianguy : 2012-06-20 20:39 ID:c3faWNuI

Latin.
3 Genders
5 Noun/Adjective declensions
4 types of verb conjugations
6/7 cases
deponent verbs
gerundives
supines
active/passive+indicative/subjunctive+(compound) tense + subject, all in the ending
Word order has no effect at all on meaning of the sentence... (not too bad if you speak Korean like me)
So many irregular verbs that you may as well just learn every verb conjugation individually... in all its 50+ forms. (no exaggeration)
and over 20 words for "kill", all with very subtle differences in meaning concerning the manner of the killing.
Ancient greek is just as bad
from a Native speaker of English, Mandarin and Korean

119 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2012-07-24 00:11 ID:jfEqlrNU

Japanese thiking is so crazy.
why you think about the people who hate?

In korea,people do not talk about japan.
but Japanese always talk about korea.
why...

Jpanaese love korea?
Tsundere?

120 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2012-08-10 09:29 ID:/TXkrs/n

Japanese is great for singing, just like Spanish. Russian is probably the best language for cussing.

121 Name: Aimee : 2012-08-18 21:42 ID:j+Z3xszi

LOL!!! Why do the white people keep bringing French into this? (totally kidding). In my opinion, conversational Japanese sounds really annoying because it sounds like people are muttering in the front of their mouths. I also agree that Japanese women speaking in really high pitched voices are really annoying. However, Japanese culture is awesome. Cantonese sounds interesting lol. It definitely doesn't sound like Thai or Vietnamese which have really awkward sounds/noises. Thai and Vietnamese sound like whining..... Mandarin sounds nice when spoken quickly and softly. Korean is my favorite by far. The sounds just sound really cohesive, and pleasing to the ears.

122 Name: Hello hello ^^ : 2012-09-01 16:51 ID:/sfiu1jH

I agree, Korean can sound harsh it depends- if people are angry or if they talk really loudly and quick at the same times it comes across as a bit harsh and whiny. But there are other times, especially when formal Korean is being spoken that it sounds nice. I've been to Korea, I watch Kdrama. Japanese and Korean can sometimes sound similar, and the grammar is too. To be honest I think Korean and Japanese sounds more similar compared to say Korean and Mandarin or Cantonese. The reasons that Korean and the Chinese languages maybe similar because of the loan words- Also Koreans do not really use Hanja anymore, really not often. And it's not required to learn it to speak or write in Korean. It's true some of the pronunciation can be a bit hard, but there aren't tones in Korean. and that Japanese is more easier to be pronounced and sounds quite simple, but I think that more people learn Japanese so learning Korean is more unique, I think Korean can sound interesting and nice too.

123 Name: obaman : 2013-01-21 05:45 ID:mQyAvoJB

South Korea is ill-natured shamelessness to assume a defiant attitude in it which thing anything of another person who is cockroach stalking steals for Japan

124 Name: cock : 2013-01-21 05:47 ID:mQyAvoJB

I do my best only in being ashamed exposing shame to both the morality and the discipline in few another person in south Korea

125 Name: sk : 2013-01-21 10:00 ID:M74stMPK

not "japanese"
"japaniizu"
Katakana sounds.

126 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2013-01-29 11:25 ID:O7ZOS6Z3

I wonder how many of you know the differences of different Cantonese and Mandarin, literally. By the way, I would like to apologise for those whom speaks Cantonese loudly, as being a native speaker of Cantonese and Mandarin. Anyway, I think ANY language sounds great when that is spoken by a native and nice speaker.

127 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2013-11-23 13:50 ID:/pdBOkVt

128 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2014-05-06 14:00 ID:jFFXBPQb

>over 20 words for "kill", all with very subtle differences in meaning concerning the manner of the killing.

Don't know much about Latin, but this got me thinking about how many English might have.

As far as ones that don't necessarily care much about the method that kills you, but may have different shades of "why"...
kill
slay
slaughter
murder
butcher
execute
lynch
snuff

And then there are the ones that are attached to a specific means of death, and may not always imply death, but can mean "kill by this method"...
behead
decapitate (Why do we have two words for cut someone's head off?)
electrocute
poison
hang
stone
drown
burn
choke
strangle
suffocate
exsanguinate

...well, there's 20. I wouldn't be surprised if I missed some.

129 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2014-05-07 19:31 ID:hD5rFfNb

>>128

>Why do we have two words for cut someone's head off?

Because one's Germanic and the other's Latinate.

The Latin forms often sound more "technical"

For instance, stoning vs. lapidation

130 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2014-07-22 07:05 ID:Zdnti8oB

131 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2014-08-03 06:40 ID:VZLXzwQ2

>>121
I think there is something heart-warming and cute when a .jp lady, who may be very elegant and controlled, has her cheeks flushed, her eyes crossed, and is squeaking out "iku iku iku iku iku!"

>>128
Many of those terms are slang, or figurative terms that do not have the literal meaning of "kill."

132 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2014-09-08 18:23 ID:mh0YudfJ

Cantonese is my favorite. All the Kung-fu flicks dubbed from Mandarin to Cantonese and in reverse can be confusing sometimes though. Don't really know much about the other languages mentioned.

133 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2014-09-12 01:05 ID:fDy2YLiv

Korean sounds just like tajiki or uzbeki. i fucking hate all those gooks

134 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2014-09-13 16:22 ID:UTioypWl

Эй пиздоглазый, китай это кал!

135 Name: K : 2015-02-13 08:41 ID:B8JtC0dC

I speak Cantonese, Mandarin, a bit Japanese and Korean. But Cantonese is my mother tongue. To me, these are all distinct languages that are not similar to each other. I think Cantonese/Mandarin/Korean can sound gentle/rude, depending on your tone. But Japanese is always gentle lol I dunno why, even when people are scolding/shouting.

136 Name: Walst : 2015-02-23 19:45 ID:4+JCZ8Wy

I don't think so, I like english sound.

137 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2015-03-06 17:37 ID:EhgtVbPZ

I really like cantonese. It sounds sharp, and cool for that. Mandarin is much more beautiful, pretty lovely really. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-qxGhkRojc . Cantonese sounds 'cooler' though.
Why mention japanese and korean? Those are from a completely different language family, and its contentious if they're even related. Thats like asking for an opinion about spanish, berber and arabic.
Japanese sounds nice, anyways, but i've no opinion on korean.

138 Name: kangen water : 2016-03-07 02:48 ID:te6/6TfV

There's a lot of ignorance in this thread. First of all, what gives anyone the right to say which language is "better" only by its sounds? Sure, they are all your VALUABLE opinions, but if anyone cared to value their thoughts so much, then they would have at least thought twice before they typed in anything useful.

I think how a language sounds depends on a mixture of your cultural background and how you experienced the language in your life. A Cantonese speaker might as well call English an ugly, displeasing language if they heard it the first time, and came across a rudely loud English tourist. A lot of Asians think it is essential to learn English though, because they immediately associate English speakers= intelligent and 'classy'.

Same thing with kids in America. They usually come across a group of Asians speaking loudly for the first time, got annoyed by how strange and different it sounds, matched it with how they seemed to behave so rudely (when really it's just their cultural tendency), and called the language ugly and displeasing.

So my point is, it's pointless to argue which language sounds more 'elegant' or more 'pleasing' because it's going to differ for EVERY INDIVIDUAL.

139 Name: cheersfam00000 : 2016-04-03 11:47 ID:8kF2rbeB

Some people don't seem to understand the difference between Mandarin and Cantonese, some think that "Chinese" is just Cantonese sounding.

If you hear a wonky sounding language, its Cantonese. If you hear a smoother and more Korean/Japanese sounding Language, its Mandarin. Mandarin and Cantonese are very different SOUNDING languages.

Mandarin is a NORTHERN language whilst Cantonese being SOUTHERN.

When men speak Mandarin(especially talk show hosts) it reminds me of Russian and German with "Zh Sh Ch Nye Mie Xie" sounds. Pretty masculine. When women speak Mandarin it sounds more like Korean and Japanese with softer pronunciations.

Of course with China's enourmous size there are many different dialects, but im talking about Standard Mandarin/Beijing Mandarin. For example Mandarin sounds more Turkic and Mongolic towards the west, and can sound more Manchurian towards the north, etc.

Cantonese on the other hand sounds very much like Vietnamese and Thai, well obviously because those groups are right next to each other.

Personally I find Mandarin to be a pretty badass sounding language when spoken by men and a mellow and beautiful language when spoken by women. Cantonese..... ugh???? I really dislike the sound of it, very wonky and toney. That goes along with Vietnamese and Thai.

In general my favourite East Asian langauges are Mongolian and Mandarin for masculinity and Japanese and Korean for beauty and style.

Greetings from Germany :D

140 Name: Yuki : 2016-05-24 21:03 ID:6n6G2NuN

being a cantonese speaker, i've never actually thought that canto was a harsh language until i saw some people talking about it online and i was like 'oh wait, cantonese really is a harsh language,' to westerners, i guess.

mandarin is a more poetic language imo- but it can be both nice-sounding or ugly-sounding depending on the speaker. one of the things that bug me though, is the way it's, alot of the time, spoken in a high voice; it can get kind of piercing after a while.

my mom speaks hakka and malay. hakka honestly sounds a lot like cantonese and vietnamese; people who haven't heard the languages before could probably mistake hakka for viet, viet for canto, or anyway really.

korean is one of my favourite languages. i love the eo and the ui sounds they have, and the way many of their words end in -l or -k. sounds completed i guess.

i used to really like japanese, but as i heard it more and more, i guess it just got a bit boring--? there isn't anything really interesting, its all consonant sound, vowel, consonant sound, vowel, consonant sound. there's also the fact how all (as far as i know) of their words end in a vowel (i know this also mostly applies to mandarin as well, but even when their words end with a vowel, e.g xiao, it still gets pronounced as a kind of consonant, sh-owh)

141 Name: Yuki : 2016-05-24 21:03 ID:6n6G2NuN

being a cantonese speaker, i've never actually thought that canto was a harsh language until i saw some people talking about it online and i was like 'oh wait, cantonese really is a harsh language,' to westerners, i guess.

mandarin is a more poetic language imo- but it can be both nice-sounding or ugly-sounding depending on the speaker. one of the things that bug me though, is the way it's, alot of the time, spoken in a high voice; it can get kind of piercing after a while.

my mom speaks hakka and malay. hakka honestly sounds a lot like cantonese and vietnamese; people who haven't heard the languages before could probably mistake hakka for viet, viet for canto, or anyway really.

korean is one of my favourite languages. i love the eo and the ui sounds they have, and the way many of their words end in -l or -k. sounds completed i guess.

i used to really like japanese, but as i heard it more and more, i guess it just got a bit boring--? there isn't anything really interesting, its all consonant sound, vowel, consonant sound, vowel, consonant sound. there's also the fact how all (as far as i know) of their words end in a vowel (i know this also mostly applies to mandarin as well, but even when their words end with a vowel, e.g xiao, it still gets pronounced as a kind of consonant, sh-owh)

142 Name: Nigger : 2017-03-14 03:51 ID:BkwHn8xn

i love the chinese niggers

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