https://www.duolingo.com/Redelll

What languages sound like to foreigners?

Redelll
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We have different impression with languages some are music to our ears and some are really strange that you will say "whaaat?" I listed down some of them , feel free to click the link of the language you want to hear and watch.^_^ CANTONESE CHINESE DANISH DUTCH FINNISH FRENCH GERMAN GREEK HINDI HUNGARIAN INDONESIAN ITALIAN JAPANESE KOREAN NORWEGIAN RUSSIAN SPANISH SWEDISH POLISH PORTUGUESE VIETNAMESE

Share what's your favorite ! Happy Learning!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/El2theK
El2theK
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One thing is certain, the woman in the Dutch video more than likely not a native Dutch speaker (probably English) considering that her pronunciation and accentuation are off on a quite a number of occasions.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
fr224
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Finnish and Hungarian sound more similar than I thought (coming from a person who doesn't speak either).

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https://www.duolingo.com/csi
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I've never heard Finnish spoken before--it sounds really cool! But I speak Hungarian and I don't hear any resemblance at all. They're actually only (speculatively) very, very, very, very distantly related.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zzzzz...
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I think the similarities between Finnish and Hungarian are mainly structural. Both languages, for instance, have a very sophisticated case system. I do not think there are many other similarities, though. The vocabularies certainly have very little in common. And, I agree with you, spoken Finnish sounds very different from spoken Hungarian.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
fr224
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Keep in mind that I don't speak a word of either one (unless you count knowledge of the word perkele).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/csi
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I'm just wondering why the Hungarian one features Irish music....

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/peter.kristof.hu
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Egyetértek veled csi. A két nyelv hangzása teljesen különböző. Ráadásul a magyar lány nem is beszél szépen magyarul.

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https://www.duolingo.com/csi
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Nem? Ahhoz nem tudok hozzászólni. Lehet hogy egy kicsit túl gyorsan beszél és elharap némely szavak végit.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/notdeadluna
notdeadluna
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Finnish sounds more similar to Estonian IMO.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
fr224
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Well yes, they are both Finnic languages. Hungarian is more distantly related, which is why I was surprised at how similar they sounded to me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/peter.kristof.hu
peter.kristof.hu
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Sorry, but I can not find any similarity. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Not to Finns or Hungarians, though :-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandApple
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Polish sounds amazing!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Redelll
Redelll
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yeah yeah,, but a it's a huge tongue twister xD

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https://www.duolingo.com/Stray152
Stray152
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True, Polish is amazing - and it's my mother tongue. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/might.E

Thumbs up for French. Swedish is like a kid singing while gargling. >.< German is not scary though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/csi
csi
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Is German supposed to be scary? I think it's only scary when a psychopathic dictator is speaking it. But then, any language would be scary in that case.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sparagmos
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German has always sounded cute to me, not scary.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matthewfbyrnes

Hogan's Heroes German is scary sounding, real German is cute.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sjodni
Sjodni
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I like the indonesian!!! Duolingo needs an indonesian course!!!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/imflashdelirium

Italian sounds a lot unlike how I pronounce it, yikes yikes yikes on bikes for me now I've got the pronounciation to work on!!!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sparagmos
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Greek sounds almost like a combination of Hindi and Italian to me.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Don_Cristian
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vietnamese... whaaaat, that's one of the craziest language ever, sounds impossible to learn, it's like a mixture of asian languages and some khoisan clicking languages.

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https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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Check out Cantonese... Not quite as insane but almost there with its 6 or 7 tones.

Out of the Asian tonal languages I think I will settle with Mandarin (4 tones) and Thai (5 tones). Anything more I find extremely difficult if not impossible for me to pick up and pronounce correctly.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matthewfbyrnes

I have a coworker who's Chaoshanese (Southern China, NE of Cantonese) who said that Chaoshan language has many more tones than Cantonese, but sometimes he cannot tell some of the tones apart. He didn't give me a number, but this random person on the internet says Chaoshan has 20 tones: http://www.quora.com/Which-Chinese-dialect-has-the-most-tones

我的天啊!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/csi
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I like how Greek sounds. :)

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