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?

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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