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Wallstreetatheist
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11/20/2013 4:49:04 PM
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Pick three languages for each that are, in your opinion, the best and worst sounding.

Best: Italian, Japanese, French
Worst: Arabic, Vietnamese, Cantonese

Inspired by this article: http://takimag.com...
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11/20/2013 7:15:30 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 11/20/2013 4:49:04 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Pick three languages for each that are, in your opinion, the best and worst sounding.

Best: Italian, Japanese, French
Worst: Arabic, Vietnamese, Cantonese

Inspired by this article: http://takimag.com...

Best languages:

English (obviously), and the many accents it entails. I like general American accents, Southern American (Texas), Irish, certain English accents (Manchester, London and Midlands).

French is up there, along with Russian accents (particularly on men), as well as Korean (on women).

The worst sounding languages in my opinion are: Indian, I'll agree with Cantonese and will add Welsh to the list.
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11/20/2013 7:51:10 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 11/20/2013 4:49:04 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Pick three languages for each that are, in your opinion, the best and worst sounding.

Best: Italian, Japanese, French
Worst: Arabic, Vietnamese, Cantonese

Inspired by this article: http://takimag.com...

I kinda like Arabic.

I would have to say that German is one of the worst sounding though. Saying "I love you" sounds more like an insult than a complement.

Russian... just sounds bada**. I still remember this one time in high school, whereby a friend of a friend went from talking in English to talking in Russian, and he went from sounding like a normal 17 year old, to some 40 year old Russian PoW.
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11/20/2013 7:55:50 PM
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At 11/20/2013 7:15:30 PM, InvictusManeo wrote:
The worst sounding languages in my opinion are: Indian, I'll agree with Cantonese and will add Welsh to the list.

Welsh sounds like someone speaking in tongues to me: http://youtu.be...
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11/20/2013 8:01:41 PM
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At 11/20/2013 7:51:10 PM, themohawkninja wrote:
I kinda like Arabic.

I would have to say that German is one of the worst sounding though. Saying "I love you" sounds more like an insult than a complement.

Y U NO?! To me Arabic sounds like German with 3x the phlegm.
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11/21/2013 2:05:31 AM
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Lol, I love Arabic. And Urdu. I once heard this interview of this Pakistani actress chastising this Islamic scholar in Urdu, and I just... Its so polite. Even when she they are arguing its classy. I can't explain it, probably. Its like British English.

I love Italian too.

Dunno about worst, probably Norwegian.
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11/21/2013 3:08:04 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 11/20/2013 4:49:04 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Pick three languages for each that are, in your opinion, the best and worst sounding.

Best: Italian, Japanese, French
Worst: Arabic, Vietnamese, Cantonese

U serious bro? I LOVE Arabic. It sounds so smooth.
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11/21/2013 3:09:41 AM
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Hebrew is nice sounding as well, but I'm biased. They say Khoisan languages are the most linguistically "complete," so I would check them out.
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11/21/2013 10:27:11 AM
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At 11/21/2013 3:08:04 AM, Eitan_Zohar wrote:
At 11/20/2013 4:49:04 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Pick three languages for each that are, in your opinion, the best and worst sounding.

Best: Italian, Japanese, French
Worst: Arabic, Vietnamese, Cantonese

U serious bro? I LOVE Arabic. It sounds so smooth.

Yes, as smooth as forcing a water buffalo into a wood chipper.
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11/21/2013 10:33:24 AM
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At 11/21/2013 10:27:11 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
At 11/21/2013 3:08:04 AM, Eitan_Zohar wrote:
At 11/20/2013 4:49:04 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Pick three languages for each that are, in your opinion, the best and worst sounding.

Best: Italian, Japanese, French
Worst: Arabic, Vietnamese, Cantonese

U serious bro? I LOVE Arabic. It sounds so smooth.

Yes, as smooth as forcing a water buffalo into a wood chipper.

There are different varieties of Arabic. The kind I usually hear is Levantine Arabic. But my father's family speaks Moroccan and that particular dialect sounds like gargling gravel.
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11/21/2013 11:48:23 AM
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At 11/20/2013 4:49:04 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Pick three languages for each that are, in your opinion, the best and worst sounding.

Best: Italian, Japanese, French
Worst: Arabic, Vietnamese, Cantonese

Inspired by this article: http://takimag.com...

Best: English, French, German
Worst: Farsi (and all Middle Eastern languages generally), Hindi (and all Indian languages, generally) and Swahili (and all non-European languages spoken in Africa, generally). Korean might be a close runner up.

But, YYW! You're being a cultural elitist...

Maybe I am.

Farsi and Hindi are pretty to look at, at least their characters are aesthetically pleasing. They are wretched to listen to, though. Perhaps because I speak neither, and it gives me a headache trying to figure it out... perhaps because they're not Latin or Greek based. Idk... but I'm not a fan.
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11/21/2013 1:09:24 PM
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I generally dislike the sound of Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Mandarine (but to the lesser degree than the former two, no harm intended for any of you who might be the native speakers of all those)

I like the English the most but I generally like the British RP more than the American, and mush more to the American Texas.

Aside from that I also found that the Latin language sounds very beautiful (but for some reasons I don't like Romance language that mush).

May be it seem that I generally dislike tonic language, and prefer rich, airy pronunciation (Latin is an exception).
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11/21/2013 10:15:04 PM
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Have any of you realized that you are not talking about languages, but just the people you've heard speak those languages? I can say I don't like Irish because I'm sick of hearing the Groundskeeper Willee on the Simpsons, but that doesn't mean I haven't heard beautiful Irish accents before. I'm sure I could hypothetically find pleasurable usages of any language or dialect, as well as its opposite!
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11/21/2013 11:38:10 PM
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At 11/21/2013 10:15:04 PM, Wren_cyborg wrote:
Have any of you realized that you are not talking about languages, but just the people you've heard speak those languages? I can say I don't like Irish because I'm sick of hearing the Groundskeeper Willee on the Simpsons, but that doesn't mean I haven't heard beautiful Irish accents before. I'm sure I could hypothetically find pleasurable usages of any language or dialect, as well as its opposite!

Willie isn't Irish.
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11/22/2013 12:31:19 AM
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Best: Italian, Russian, Japanese
Worst: Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Arabic(?)
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11/22/2013 12:34:41 AM
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At 11/22/2013 12:31:19 AM, Man-is-good wrote:
Best: Italian, Russian, Japanese
Worst: Cantonese, Vietnamese, []

Never mind about my inclusion of Arabic as one of the "worst-sounding languages."
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11/22/2013 1:18:39 AM
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At 11/21/2013 11:38:10 PM, RyuuKyuzo wrote:
At 11/21/2013 10:15:04 PM, Wren_cyborg wrote:
Have any of you realized that you are not talking about languages, but just the people you've heard speak those languages? I can say I don't like Irish because I'm sick of hearing the Groundskeeper Willee on the Simpsons, but that doesn't mean I haven't heard beautiful Irish accents before. I'm sure I could hypothetically find pleasurable usages of any language or dialect, as well as its opposite!


Willie isn't Irish.

What next? Grizzly Adams had a beard?
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11/22/2013 2:18:00 AM
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At 11/22/2013 1:18:39 AM, Wren_cyborg wrote:
At 11/21/2013 11:38:10 PM, RyuuKyuzo wrote:
At 11/21/2013 10:15:04 PM, Wren_cyborg wrote:
Have any of you realized that you are not talking about languages, but just the people you've heard speak those languages? I can say I don't like Irish because I'm sick of hearing the Groundskeeper Willee on the Simpsons, but that doesn't mean I haven't heard beautiful Irish accents before. I'm sure I could hypothetically find pleasurable usages of any language or dialect, as well as its opposite!


Willie isn't Irish.

What next? Grizzly Adams had a beard?

If your point is that the individuals are the problem and not the accent, then using Willie as your example for Irish accents doesn't make any sense. The accents aren't the same, so even if we take your point for granted, Willie's voice wouldn't have any effect on your opinion of Irish accents.
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11/22/2013 12:21:43 PM
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At 11/20/2013 7:51:10 PM, themohawkninja wrote:
At 11/20/2013 4:49:04 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Pick three languages for each that are, in your opinion, the best and worst sounding.

Best: Italian, Japanese, French
Worst: Arabic, Vietnamese, Cantonese

Inspired by this article: http://takimag.com...

I kinda like Arabic.

I would have to say that German is one of the worst sounding though. Saying "I love you" sounds more like an insult than a complement.

Noo! Begone, foul Lord Distain! "Ich liebe dich" sounds fine, if you've got the accents. People either say: "Ik leeber dik", or "Ish leeber dish", but both are wrong. I cannot show you the IPA, because of the rendering on DDO, but it should be somewhere in the middle. Now, Dutch...


Russian... just sounds bada**. I still remember this one time in high school, whereby a friend of a friend went from talking in English to talking in Russian, and he went from sounding like a normal 17 year old, to some 40 year old Russian PoW.
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11/24/2013 6:41:53 PM
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In no particular order - English, French, Slavic languages (Yugoslav, Russian, etc.), and German. All of these are classic European languages and have an authoritarian and formal touch to them. I prefer English without strong accent, and Yugoslav version of Slavic languages. Russian isn't as strong in pronunciation.

Arabic and Hebrew are also on top. Other Asian languages generally don't sound very appealing.