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Post #417567
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2:33 am, Oct 22 2010
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So im just wondering what other languages that you don't speak/not fluent sound like to you.

languages i am learning/have learned:

I think that french sounds like what dolls would speak(when a girl speaks it), chinese sounds kind of annoying to me after a while and very strict. spanish sounds kind of nonsensical. a lot of 'la' and 'el' and 'chupacabra'.i am native english but i cant say what english sounds like. (although i do hate the deep southern/texas accent. and british english sounds official and funny.)

languages i dont speak:

german- strict, and sounds kind of mean but i still like the sound of it.
italian- there are too many Zs and it sounds like a sleeping bee or something.
japanese: cute but a little boring
korean: softer than chinese and a lot of tongue clicking/'k' sounds. kind of nice.

erm, i have no idea what other languages sound like....but I've been told that english sounds like spitting and potatoes in your mouth. biggrin

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7:35 am, Oct 22 2010
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Ouh!Very interesting topic)
Well....japanese can be very mean and cute at the same's really sharp and fast...if u know what i mean...)at least when men say it hehe...^_^
italian....sounds nice..but it's like they allways arguing ...)Maybe i just got it from the movies lol... wanted to learn spanish... it's so beautiful language,probably my favourite...)
german- strict, and sounds kind of mean but i still like the sound of it.

Yeah...i guess everyone would agree on that)

About chinese and korean...i watched Loads of korean movies...and i think it's like the hardest language....coz i can't even understand when the word starts...and when it ends...and is it even a word or just moaning=|
Chinese...mmm..i think it's a bit more understandable...but still not that much different from the korean=|
British english's like a royalty talking..)so pompous and official...)

Over all i should say thats all on the level of sensations...and can't be well-described i guess)Plus many of us have only the movei's or music experience..)

I'm russian myself...and dunno how does it sound to others too )quite interesting)

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9:30 am, Oct 22 2010
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Mandarin: very noisy, endless chattering
Japanese: seems very (sometimes too) polite
Korean: rough and uncouth
To me, German sounds strict and efficient and Russian strict and mean.
British does sound a bit pompous but aren't there lots of accent of british english? Liverpudlian for example, I always have a hard time understanding it. Me, I love Scottish accent.
French sounds very complicated, so many ʒ.
Spanish and Italian sound laid-back. And I don't know why but I really love how Portuguese sounds. I'm learning it right now but I guess I'm too old for learning new languages biggrin

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10:38 am, Oct 22 2010
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Well i guess it's all the matter of where u've heard it^_^ i heard spanish and italian mostly from films...where there are stereotypical characters...soo...)can't really judge by that..)

Never really felt the difference between spanish and portuguese tbh^_^
though i remember i heard some songs on portuguese...they are awesome...but i think it's just the voice of the singer hehe)

Mmm.....maybe we should throw out some examples?
P.s. About british...Ricky Gervais for example...whats his accent then?I like the way he talks,quite easy to understand

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10:50 am, Oct 22 2010
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english - sometimes mix up english and german because i´m to familar with both. I love it when a single word of one of those languages is used as a manga or book title.
german - look at english. my mother tongue
french - the sound makes me want to laugh. i can´t take it seriously. it´s like someone is singing and talking at the same time. i understand the half of what is said
spanish & italian - i like the sound of the words. i understand some words, but mostly not. good language vor songs.
japanese - best language ever! it sounds really beautiful, can be happy, sad, normal, it´s so complex ~ they also have many high class voices * i understand single words in it and what they are talking about. it feels like home
turkish & russian - they are only sounds for me. i only know what the immigrants use and i don´t even know what one word begins and another word ends.
Dutch - it sounds like strange german. I understand and don´t understand it at the same time.
Polnish - -i can define words but they doesn´t make any sense. sometimes i think i can hear words from other languages.

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10:59 am, Oct 22 2010
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My first language is Russian.
How it sounds to me? I dunno.
I think it's very expressive and flexible.

My second language is Hebrew.
The common - it sounds boring.

My third is English.
Of the American kind - *thinks*
A bit rigid, but can be nice.

I'm not sure how to describe those languages because I'm quite used to them...

I also believe it depends a lot on who's speaking it.
Even German sounds goon in certain mouths. =)

As for other languages...

I would like to comment on Pupok's :
Never really felt the difference between spanish and portuguese tbh^_^

They're actually quite different. Especially with pronunciation.
I don't like Spanish, it sounds very soft and whiny to me.
I took some lessons in it and watched some shows...

On the other hand, Portuguese is "stronger" and "richer".
I like how it sounds.
Familiarity: Films and songs.

French - has many stops with the vowels and all, but sounds good when describing something.
My familiarity with the language: I've had about a year of French in school, and I watch French films.

Italian - It's very melodic. Even regular speech sounds like it's almost being sung.
My familiarity - films and music.

Chinese - Most of the time I hear "chin chon chen chien chan chun" and things like that. >.<
Familiarity - films. I haven't heard and awful lot of it to judge.

Japanese - Well, I'm not sure. Most of my exposure to Japanese has been by anime, but it's very different than films (in which I imagine, it's more authentic).
At times, it sounds somewhat rigid, but it's a good language.
I like how polite you can be speaking it (something that's very important to me).

I'm really unsure how you can explain what you hear to others... =/

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Post #417647

11:44 am, Oct 22 2010
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This is an interesting one... here's my take. Mind this comes from an American living in the Southwestern part of the country. Fluent only in English, but pretty decent with my Spanish skills.

English: (Southern) American - The thicker the drawl, the more relaxed, bordering on lazy, the speaker sounds. This includes the Texas "twang" (of which my brother has.) The "hillfolk/hillbilly" variety seems to convey a bit of lazy ignorance.
(Eastern) American - fast and in a rush. Hurrying even to spit the words out, and often coming across as harsh/rude.
British - formal, polite, verging on arrogant, but the local dialects tone it down.
Australian - much more easily relateable, almost like a light southern accent for the British kind of spoken English. (and like a light southern accent, even better from a woman bigrazz)
Japanese: Much like British English, very formal, sometimes overly polite.
Chinese: Depending on the dialect, either very chopped and angry-sounding, or musical, but not easy to distinguish individual words.
Spanish: European- laid back, perhaps even languid. Somewhat musical and fluid.
Americas- seems to emphisize the emotion of the speaker more than most
French: A little snooty - but I admit that this probably comes from bias just from some of the native-French speakers I have met
Arabic: Another language that can be musical, but many times sounds chopped and angry
Polish: I assosciate it as an angry-sounding language as well. Again though, I am biased, as coming from a family of Polish descent, most of my interaction there was either being yelled at, or my grandmother's angry mutterings.
German: An abrupt and efficient language - although from trying to learn it a little, I know that it is in actuality anything but, unless you are a native speaker. Seems to express anger easily.
Russian: Sounds as if people are speaking with their mouths partially full. Again, I recognize I may be biased growing up around the end of the cold war in the US.

Those are the ones I could think of offhand at 5:30am bigrazz

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11:56 am, Oct 22 2010
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Russian: Sounds as if people are speaking with their mouths partially full. Again, I recognize I may be biased growing up around the end of the cold war in the US.

Ouh!I've heard that a couple of times aswell,even read in some book too)Something like "It's like you rolling over pebbel in your mouth" or something like that...

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1:13 am, Oct 23 2010
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I always liked the rough sound of the Russian language. It sounds like something someone who gargles with a throatful of nails everyday would say, in a good way!

Despite having a basic knowledge of French, I don't particularly like it. It's far too slippery and soft, if you ask me.

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12:48 pm, Oct 23 2010
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My native language is French. I find it.... Well when we're speaking we don't alway pay attention to grammar and stuff because it's difficult, so I find it natural. But when I ear it in films, particulary French films I find it weird. It sounds unnatural to me, it's rare to find a film where you ear the same French you ear when you talk to people.

German; I've learned it 5 years, I still can't speak it. I don't like how it sounds, a little too rough

English; British english is the one I'm used to the most. I like it, I find it easier to understand than american english. Maybe it's because it's close to France, but it sounds natural and we often ear it. (especially since where I live, british tourists comes in huge number during summer )
American english often feels like we can only ear half of the sentence as they ate the other half. (needless to say I'm not a fan, but still understand it most of the time)

Korean and Arabic sounds exactly the same to me.

Japanese; it sounds really polite, so it's a little disturbing

Spanish; I've never really listened to it as I don't like how it sounds to my ears

Chinese; Sometimes, I even wonder how they can understand each other in a conversation

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1:24 pm, Oct 23 2010
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I really like the Japanese language. I watched many animes and i like how they speak. Compared to Chinese, i watched 1 episode of the same series in this language, and my ears fall off. It was so different that i had goosebumps. Japanese was melodic and Chinese raw.
Next is English and German. I learned this two, but don't speak too much, only watched German tv channels, and English movies and read subs. I think English is a bit better to hear, and German language is a bit strong, powerful. Sometimes a little bit a toung twister.
Italian is the third language that i learned in high school. It's easy and melodic.
I am native Hungarian and they say, this is one of the most hardest languages to learn, i can't disagre.

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1:30 pm, Oct 23 2010
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i have known so many people that speak other languages around people and watched so much subtitled stuff that most languages sound like english just that i do not understand them.

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2:40 am, Oct 24 2010
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3:54 am, Oct 24 2010
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Spanish: Sounds pretty and it has it's formal and informal words but it's not too much. Only thing is people start talking really fast so you kinda get lost sometimes.
French: Nice but get a rude vibe from it.
English (American): Simple and normal. Kinda boring to me.
English (British): Like the accent but kinda has the "I'm above you" feel to it.
German&Russian: Strict and a bit intimidating.
Japanese&Korean: Nice but extremely polite. Some girl's voices bug me cause they are so soft and have the little girl feel to it.
Chinese: So many different sounds in one sentence. Always hear the "ch" sound somewhere.Give probs to those who can understand it and speak it.

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4:02 am, Oct 24 2010
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German just sounds really harsh and guttural, while trying to figure out the sentence structure annoyed the crap out of me in classes - just couldn't wrap my mind around it.

I like how Russian sounds, but I've never heard it firsthand from one who speaks it, so I dunno if I'm hearing a real representation of it >_>

Italian seems to be able to convey emotion rather well.

And any language spoken quickly, like Japanese, is just gibberish to me without subtitles; I can never tell where a sentence begins or ends. I've even got trouble understanding my native, American, spoken English at times as well - overall, I'm not a great linguist. smile

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