What sounds would best describe your language?
Hello, my question is what sounds do you commonly hear that would best describe the language you are learning/know? For example, (note: I'm only describing the languages I am most familiar with)
English - English is my native language so I'm not really sure how much I could describe it but my guess would be that the most common constant sound is "W" and the most common vowel would probably be "I" pronounced like the word "is"
French - The most common vowel sound I hear is the vowel sound in the word, "attentIOn". Also another vowel sound I hear a lot is "oi" like in the word, "toi". The most common constant sound which may not be so common is probably "R" like in "tres" that sound really stands out.
Italian - For Italian the most common vowel sound, which is pretty obvious, that I hear is "O". I think that the most common constant sound I hear would probably be "zz" like in the word, "piZZa"
Spanish - Now, the most common constant sound would obviously be "S". I hear the "s" sound almost in each sentence when spoken and the most common vowel sound would probably be "O" or "A"
Portuguese - The vowel sound that I hear as a foreigner of Portuguese is the diphthong "ão" and the most common constant sound I would say is "s" pronounced as (sh) in english.
Romanian - I hear a lot of the soft "ci" sounds or in english (ch). The most common vowel in Romanian would definitely be "U" or in english (oo) but I do hear a lot of diphthongs in Romanian as well. The constant sound that I hear the most, especially at the end of the word, is "T"
Alright! So, I know that this is just my observation but tell me whether you agree or disagree. Now, what I want you guys to do is write in the comments of the languages that you know and tell me the most common sounds you hear in that language. Thank you so much I hope you guys enjoyed this discussion!
French: I think your description of how French sounds is pretty good. I would add the "ch" sound from the back of the throat, if you know what I mean?
Ukrainian: "ж" (zh) "я" (ya) are the letters that stand out a lot in this one. The combination of letters "ий" also kind of describes it, because they are at the end of a bunch of words.
Spanish: "ll", "rr", and of course your "s". These sounds help me identify that it actually Spanish being spoken.
Russian: Spoken Russian is fairly hard to tell apart from Ukrainian, with similar sounds. I would listen for "г" (g) being said more than Ukrainian. It also generally sounds rougher than Ukrainian.
Swahili: Any "unnatural" blend at the beginning of a word: "ms" "nd" "mb" "mt", then a vowel, consonant, vowel. "mzazi"
That was fun, thanks for the idea!
For Dutch, my own native tongue, I would guess the "sch" sound. It's pronounced as an s followed by very guttural g, "sx" in the phonetic alphabet. As far as I know the combination and the guttural g in general are for the most part unique to the Dutch language.
English: "th (Thorn or þorn (Þ, þ) is a letter in the Old English, Gothic, Old Norse and modern Icelandic alphabets, as well as some dialects of Middle English. It was also used in medieval Scandinavia, but was later replaced with the digraph th, except in Iceland, where it survives). wiki" Also the w.
As for Spanish, it was only when I was in lower Spain (Andalucia) that locals dropped their esses from the rest, but then again Spain is a huge country with multiple entities. Los manos turned into what I'd say is Loth Manoth. Most romance languages sound as they are spelled but not all, like English (me thinks the word 'spelt' should exist! :P