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Pretty languages (28)


1 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-17 18:38 ID:7XEpegb4

So, what languages are there that just sound damn pretty?

News radio link accompanying posts is recommended.

2 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-17 22:49 ID:PLzjZZLb

Sign.

3 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-18 01:02 ID:hNp03PRG

Turkish,
Arabic,
Greek,
Farsi Persian

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4 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-18 03:35 ID:NtTIrAMV

>I can't think of any really ugly languages.

All the singsong-like (going up and down in tone) languages are very disconcerting to me. They are not ugly per se, but somehow I can't seem to take what is said in those languages seriously.

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5 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-18 06:42 ID:i316vt9g

I find that most Chinese dialects sound like the speaker has a mouth full of mush.

Nothing wrong with it, but I can't say I like it.

6 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-18 11:10 ID:uJVymVDu

>I can't think of any really ugly languages.

Dutch fits the bill pretty well, especially with all the "g" sounds. I've not listened to German nearly as much, but I'm pretty sure it's about as ugly as Dutch.

7 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-18 16:11 ID:dlNtVCUE

Any language that has a word like "Fluß" To describe a river isn't ugly IMHO.

Or "schlecht" to describe something bad. It's like it sounds like what it is!

8 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-18 16:13 ID:dlNtVCUE

I'd rather listen to an hour of German than an hour of Italian.

9 Name: 43 : 2007-08-18 21:05 ID:xgFqlVZR

I like languages with strong "R" sounds.

I don't find mandarin nor french aesthetic at all.

10 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-18 21:41 ID:UaaeV879

Scottish Gaelic.

11 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-19 00:27 ID:NW4H+w12

Khmer has one of my favorite sound systems. Great, kind of improbable consonant clusters, interesting glottal stops, neat/weird vowels.

12 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-19 04:17 ID:dlNtVCUE

Well Mandarin's got some of the best hard, guttural English-style R's I can think of.

Like:

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13 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-21 10:59 ID:uJVymVDu

>>6 Dutch is actually O.K to listen to, as long as the speaker isn't speaking too fast (As they seem to do on every radio station)

14 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-22 15:54 ID:xmqRc128

I hate German, and Spanish.

Jesus, they just sound... Bad.

15 Name: anonymous : 2007-08-23 00:41 ID:ZPxTqusi

french sounds pretty awesome

16 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-23 20:29 ID:QXdDI0NL

Putain, tu'm fait chier!

17 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-25 09:10 ID:BllY1aG9

>>12
I think Cantonese sounds cooler than Mandarin personally.

18 Name: Cunning Linguist : 2007-08-31 16:35 ID:7rvvSCUk

Portuguese is nice. I'd rather Portuguese than Spanish or French. British English is nice, too. (Cellar door!)

Korean is pretty hard to listen to.

19 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-08-31 19:59 ID:SZhEUz9L

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Brazilian, or European? I like Brazilian a lot better, personally. Much more sibilant. Portuguese Portuguese is too clipped.

I think someone already nominated Turkish, but I second that. Really pretty.

20 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-09-02 19:17 ID:pL789f3t

Are you people kidding me?! Spanish is by far one of the nicest/prettiest languages out there!

You people must be listening to people who speak it wrong or people that live in a part where they have a terrible Spanish accent!

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21 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-09-02 19:18 ID:pL789f3t

Are you people kidding me?! Spanish is by far one of the nicest/prettiest languages out there!

You people must be listening to people who speak it wrong or people that live in a part where they have a terrible Spanish accent!

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22 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-09-03 21:23 ID:iCrl/DHu

Arabic sounds very ugly to me. Too many guttural sounds.

23 Name: LinguaOtaku : 2007-09-03 23:04 ID:5bu0OOjj

Personally I love Frisian - it's kinda like a blend of Dutch and English and if you're not listening carefully it could sound like either one!

I love clicking languages, particularly Xhosa - some people find the clicks jarring but when they're combined with such a rich vowel inventory they become irresistible.

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24 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-09-08 15:05 ID:unlSUeuB

French sounds cool imo.. But I don't think I'll ever lern it. And I also love Japanese. English too and I absolutely love the Australian accent.
What I don't like's German and Cantonese..

25 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-09-08 22:17 ID:H8H+SYIC

>>24

Australian accent and australian slag get on my nerves.

26 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-09-10 03:55 ID:y1BwxqqV

I vote for Turkish.

Turkish accents are hot. I find Turkish girls strangely attractive. I think it's their voice.

27 Name: Anonymous Linguist : 2007-09-10 04:37 ID:E8o/bTy+

Another vote for Brazilian Portuguese. It's like all the nicest parts of the Romance languages combined.

28 Name: Anonym Lingvist : 2007-09-11 18:41 ID:Heaven

Here's nominating English. Except for those far-out, hillbilly style. Those should be put out an airlock at the earliest opportune moment.

I also like Latin, the way I speak it (Me? Narcissistic? Never!). German, when spoken by a native, is surprisingly more beautiful than expecting. Russian, also, is a very nice language.

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