How German sounds compared to other languages (funny video)
I think the Duolingo community (and especially those learning one of the languages covered in this video) would quite like this video:
Part 2 also got made recently:
Hmm, I am not trying to badmouth it, but compared to many other languages, ironically most other Germanic languages too, Hochdeutsch is relatively harsh sounding. I don't think that's a bad thing, but from trying to learn myself, I do find it very hard to picture the sound of a softly spoken German accent - when I do, it is always Swiss, Plattduutsch (sp?) even Pennsylvania Dutch accents that come to mind before the 'standard' accent...
It's a bit like, a posh English accent is always going to grate on some people's ears, while a Liverpudlian accent is going to grate on someone else's. I wouldn't take the criticism too seriously.