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How does Korean sound to non-speakers?
Posted 1/25/08
I was always curious as to how Korean sounds to non-speakers. Since I can understand it, my perception's a little skewered, but I always thought it sounded a mix between Tagalog & Chinese & Japanese. Most people think it sounds very harsh, unpleasant and whiney, and I agree with that to some degree. I believe that Korean is a pleasant sounding language if spoken right, calm, soft and quiet: except for the harsher saturis(accents/dialects).

Oh, Japanese is really the only East Asian language that I never thought was that bad sounding, even before I studied it. It doesn't really sound like asian at all if you ask me.

Tell me how it sounds to you?

To me Chinese sounds like: xiao xiao xiao me
Japanese is like: desu desu onechan yamete!!
And my friend told me Korean sounds like: puga puga gopa puga nida nida wae wae
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Posted 1/25/08
Japanese and korean i think they sound the same..i dunno i think im use to hearing Jdrama n kdrama...and also i like thier greeting
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its all greek to me
Posted 1/25/08
it sounds korean!! lols um honestly i think it sounds weird when they raise their voice but it sounds better than jap for me
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hahaha. i don't understand korean at all (i'm half korean and half polish, so we speak english at home). so whenever i go to my mom's side all they do is speak korean, and i like it. it doesn't sound like chinese or japanese, koreans are awsome. BUT, sometimes koreans can sound angry. lol. i'm alway's like "mom, why are you guys so mad??" and she just stares at me and laughs...and says like "i sound angry?? we're happy!" LOL. whatever. so i guess koreans can sound whinny, and when they really get into talking/conversations, they sound a little mad to me. ^__^
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Posted 1/25/08
It's just like you said... I like that the tones are very similar if not the same...I realized how different they are when I listened to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by BoA, it was awesome... All languages are unique but to me Japanese stands out more to where I can easily identify it because I sadly haven't had a chance to experience the other languages yet and maybe that's why I can't really identify them easily...
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Posted 1/25/08
it sounds almost the same to me
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Posted 1/25/08
sound like a choking cat
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Posted 1/25/08
Korean sound like they are scolding ppl ~ =X
Yeah i always mixed up korean with Japanese
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Posted 1/25/08
I don't watch KDramas that much so unlike Japanese, I'm not use to it. -__- When I hear it, its like gibberish to me. O_O Yet somehow Korean sounds...smooth. Like all the words no matter in what position just...click. o.o
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Posted 1/25/08
I personally like how Japanese sounds compared to any other East Asian language. Though, when I heard Korean for the first time in the KDrama My Girl, I got really used to it. Plus my boyfriends has tons of Korean movies for some reason. Anyway, Korean is okay but not as nice as Japanese I feel. I don't like how Taiwanese/Mandarin/Cantonese sound though.
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Posted 1/25/08
To me, Japanese and Chinese seem easier to understand because I can hear the different syllables more clearly than I do with Korean. With Korean, it's harder for me to make the distinction between different sounds of syllables unless I concentrate. My Mandarin is very limited, but regardless of it being a tonal language, I have no problem hearing distinct syllables, and Japanese is even easier to hear. Korean to me is all a blur to me, but perhaps that's just because until recently I've had very little exposure to the language.
Posted 1/25/08

juspasby wrote:

sound like a choking cat


i lol'd
Posted 1/25/08
i think korean sounds lovely. i considered taking it this year in school but i decided to take japanese instead.
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Posted 1/25/08
since i've only been exposed to korean drama, to me the language sounds like complaints that stretches annoyingly long in the end
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