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I put them in quotes because it's kind of rude and my main point isn't really the title question itself.

Recently I've been doing a lot of research on languages I want to potentially study for fun and I recalled reading an article about a list of the "worst" and "best" sounding languages. Throughout my time on the Internet I have also stumbled upon similar threads (although I didn't participate), and for the past few hours I've been reading and watching videos of various languages (ranging from Icelandic to Arabic, French.. whatever).

If this was a thread of me asking you what your opinion on the most pleasant and unpleasant languages were I'd be expecting a lot of Romance languages (and probably Japanese because the site's demographic) in your "pleasant" listing, and probably a lot of the Asian languages would fall in the "unpleasant" category. But from my experience, all languages can sound enjoyable to the ear depending on the speaker, not the actual dialect itself. Personally, I'm fluent in English and Cantonese (sort of) and I've heard negative feedback on the Chinese language but I'd like to think that I speak the latter in a delicate tone -- obviously that's anecdotal because I can't judge a language I understand. Same goes for English, I can't really pass judgement on something I'm fluent in.

I've also seen a lot of unpleasant perspectives about languages in the Middle East but I watched several videos on Arabic a few minutes ago and it sounds quite alright. It sounds very mellow and smooth (it reminds me a lot of the Scandinavian languages?). I just spent almost two weeks in Quebec and the French there isn't as kind to the ear as you'd think it is (but Canadian French might be different). I have a friend who speaks Norwegian beautifully (could be her voice), but I've heard it sound obnoxiously monotonous. Mandarin usually sounds unrefined on the streets, but I've heard it spoken dulcet. Same goes for Korean, etc. So I'm unsure.

Are "bad-sounding" languages really a thing? Or does it just depend on the speaker themselves? Idk I'm tired and sleepy and I'm just thinking about it in my head. womp womp
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Really I cant think of any languages that sound ugly. Mostly its the tones. I know people who say German sounds mean and cold but thats mostly cause you see alot of german characters being stereotypical mean and cold people and speaking in mean and cold tones. Most german speakers sound alot more delicate.
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Posted 6/9/15 , edited 6/20/15
I have a good friend here from China, no offense to him, but my ears bleed when I hear he has a discussion with his Chinese roommates. Korean and Vietnamese is sorta weird sounding, not 'bad,' but sorta strange. I like Japanese, English, German, Spanish, & Italian for nice sounding languages. Arabic is kinda cool too, whatever dialect of it Saudi Arabia uses anyhow.

These are all from listening to friends of course. Actors could probably give a certain pleasantness to any language.
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Portuguese is a beautiful sounding language.
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Korean, Romanian, Japanese, French, English all sound nice to me.

German, Vietnamese, and Cantose sound angry to me.

Chinese (with the usual mainland accent) and Hindi probably sound the most unpleasant to me.


I'd say it depends on the listener more than the speaker.
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Posted 6/9/15 , edited 6/9/15

PapaNeko wrote:

Portuguese is a beautiful sounding language.



Morbidhanson wrote:

Korean, Romanian, Japanese, French, English all sound nice to me.

German, Vietnamese, and Cantose sound angry to me.

Chinese (with the usual mainland accent) and Hindi probably sound the most unpleasant to me.


that's not what I asked

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I don't think there are "good" and "bad" sounding languages. Its all based on preference and who's speaking. I know as an English speaker I think English sounds kinda dull and Italian sounds pretty cool. But I know Italians that think Italian is dull and English is cool. Same thing goes with how the majority of the people on this site think Japanese sounds better than English but in Japan a decent amount of Japanese believe English sounds better than Japanese. So yeah, like they say "One mans ugly is another mans beauty."
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Geez, you responded before I could even think about the last part to edit my response. Thanks.
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Posted 6/9/15
Meh.

I can't think of any.

I had a Pretty Japanese girl speak to me in Japanese, I nearly melted. In which I probably made this face:

I've heard just about every Slavic language, and I think they all sound awesome.

But I can't think of any language that sounds the worst.

*Le Shrug*
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Nothing is more ugly the finnish langauge.

NOTHING.

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Robin929 wrote:

Nothing is more ugly the finnish langauge.

NOTHING.



An untrained ear would think all the Scandinavian languages sound the same regardless
Posted 6/9/15 , edited 6/9/15
A lot of people I know say the best sounding language is either Spanish or English
And the worst sounding is German. lol
I dont really care about how a language sounds, or accents. I don't see the big deal in them though.
American girls seem obsessed with British accents.
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anzn wrote:

A lot of people I know say the best sounding language is either Spanish or English
And the worst sounding is German. lol
I dont really care about how a language sounds, or accents. I don't see the big deal in them though.
Girls seem obsessed with British accents.


you're accurate

i can get off from listening to brits talk
Posted 6/9/15
German and Russian sound pretty bad to me but I still want to learn both languages.
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As they always say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder - only this time, I think ear is more appropriate. I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to language. I absolutely love them and I spend a lot of my time learning.

French seems to be a favorite of many people. I often hear it called the most beautiful language, but I don't really understand why. It's one of the only languages I could say that I dislike. Outside of that, Romance languages of any variety seem to be a popular choice.

Many people seem to dislike languages like German, but I find it pleasant to listen to. I think it boils down to the heavy use of fricative consonants not found in English. Ich and Bach are good examples, or the Scottish word loch.

Asian languages outside of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean don't seem to get much attention. Overall, I'm fairly neutral towards them, but I am pretty interested in Vietnamese.

Personally, I adore the sounds of Irish, Finnish, and several Turkic languages. They seem to be unpopular, though.


deer wrote:


Robin929 wrote:

Nothing is more ugly the finnish langauge.

NOTHING.



An untrained ear would think all the Scandinavian languages sound the same regardless


Finnish is not a Northern Germanic language like the Scandinavian ones are. It is almost completely unrelated. Actually, the entire language family that Finnish belongs to is extremely small, and if I'm not mistaken, rather endangered.
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