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Which language is the most beautiful language for you?
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wonita (X)
China
Local time: 21:40
Apr 2, 2011

I like Japanese, especially the Japanese spoken by Japanese women, sounds like a poem.

 

Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 02:40
Member (2003)
German to Dutch
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Dutch, of course Apr 2, 2011

But if you would ask me which language sounds the best, I'd have to say German. Especially when sung. I have a foible for Berlinerisch.

Cheers,
Gerard


 

wonita (X)
China
Local time: 21:40
TOPIC STARTER
Chinese, no way Apr 2, 2011

Gerard de Noord wrote:
Dutch, of course

But if you would ask me which language sounds the best, I'd have to say German. Especially when sung. I have a foible for Berlinerisch.

Cheers,
Gerard

Sorry to say that, as if I had no sense of patriotism. But my mother tongue sounds monotonous therefore boring for me, and its grammar is also a bit chaotic, very diffficult to teach.

I don’t like German either, sounds too hard.

Hope I will change my mind in the future.


 

veratek
Brazil
Local time: 21:40
French to English
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there's no question about it :-) Apr 2, 2011

As a whole, the most beautiful language ever is Latin.

Exclusively from an oral standpoint, currently, it's Italian, hands down.


 

Paul Adie  Identity Verified
Germany
Spanish to English
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Difficult to generalise. Apr 2, 2011

I find this a hard one to answer. I feel it depends more on who it saying it. English can sounds soft and tender, but also fierce and harsh. That said, out of the languages I have knowledge of, Lithuanian sounds the most interesting to me as it really doesn't sound like anything else.

 

Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 21:40
Portuguese to English
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Most Beautiful Language Apr 2, 2011

Depends on what you mean by "most beautiful". If you go by the sound, I would say Italian, definitely. If you go by richness of language, English. If you go by ease in creating and expanding the language, Esperanto wins by a mile.

However, the most beautiful language for romantic communication is Slovenian, which is a language for lovebirds, having the dual form. Indeed, as Tjaša Jakob writes, “the dual form is the most wonderful thing about Slovenian - it can be very romantic. I remember the first time I used it with my partner: then I understood the unique beauty of it” (see JAKOB, Tjaša - The Dual in Slovene Dialects. Mentioned in http://zalozba.zrc-sazu.si/index.php?q=en/taxonomy_menu/3/74).

As the popular saying goes, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". However, my overall vote is still for Italian.


 

Nathalie Greff-Santamaria  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 21:40
Spanish to French
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Buenos Aires Spanish Apr 2, 2011

I like Spanish, especially the Spanish spoken in Buenos Aires (Argentina) I've truly fallen in love with this language, sound, rythm, way of thinking...

 

Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 02:40
Member (2003)
German to Dutch
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For singing Apr 2, 2011

veratek wrote:

As a whole, the most beautiful language ever is Latin.

Exclusively from an oral standpoint, currently, it's Italian, hands down.



To sing, the sounds of Italian and Latin come second and third on my list.

Cheers,
Gerard



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Adnan Özdemir  Identity Verified
Turkey
Local time: 03:40
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German to Turkish
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Turkish and Basque Apr 2, 2011

For me: Turkish and Basque.icon_wink.gif


Best wishes from Taurus mountains


 

JH Trads  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2007)
English to French
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with the same caveat as Paul's Apr 2, 2011

Italian !

And that is why, aside from my 3 professional languages, it is the one I know best among my 4 "hobby" languages. Because the subject is about beauty, I'll keep my message short, no explanations neededicon_smile.gif Ok, I fess up, among other things, it reminds me of the joy of learning and excelling in Latin in high school, and also the musicality of it has a "familiar" quality for me < Argentine Spanish...


 

Monika Rozwarzewska  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:40
Member (2006)
English to Polish
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Russian Apr 2, 2011

but Polish spoken by a Russian man sounds even better

[Edited at 2011-04-02 21:14 GMT]


 

veratek
Brazil
Local time: 21:40
French to English
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Argentinean Spanish: we know why... ;-) Apr 2, 2011

Ticandco wrote:

I like Spanish, especially the Spanish spoken in Buenos Aires (Argentina) I've truly fallen in love with this language, sound, rythm, way of thinking...


But we know why... because it was deeply influenced by Italian !!!icon_wink.gif

I also love the way Argentineans speak Spanish...


 

opolt  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 02:40
English to German
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(Standard) Arabic -- at least the script Apr 2, 2011

I learned the basics of Arabic some years ago, and as far as the script is concerned, Arabic wins hands down!

You may no believe me, but the script is not difficult at all:

*I had no difficulties learning it even w/o a teacher, even though handwriting has always been somewhat problematic for me, and even though Arabic is a right-to-left script.

*The Arabic script is highly efficient, almost as if invented by a scientist or software engineer. Truly a work of genius (or geniuses)! (Once you've learned it, the Latin script looks child-like by comparison.)

* Arabic calligraphy is one of the most beautiful things humankind has inventend! Look it up in Wikipedia once, you won't regret it. As an example, here's an animation of the calligraphic Al Jazeera logo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Al_jazeera_Calligraphy_Animation.gif

Surprisingly, the pronunciation didn't turn out overly difficult at all. On the contrary, I was able to borrow some things from English and Spanish. And I rather like the guttural sound of it, especially in songs and poems.

I'm desperate to learn Arabic again -- if I only had the time. Sigh.



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Andrea Piu  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 02:40
English to Italian
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Portuguese Apr 2, 2011

I like very much the sound of Portuguese. I don't know why, but I am probably influenced by the Brazilian music, which is one of my favourite.

 

cecilea7
United States
Local time: 20:40
Member (2010)
Portuguese to French
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Portuguese Apr 2, 2011

Athough I love the sound of Portuguese (its 'sh') and the deep meaning of the words, I love the soothing sound of French, one hardly needs to open the lips, words flow easily like music with little to no effort. As Senghor said: "c'est la langue du rapprochement des peuples, la langue des Droits de l'Homme et de la paix."

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