First, I would like to comment that different dialect
s of a language will sound
very different. I have been told that non-English
speakers, when given samples of Irish English
and (Standard) American English
, often believe they are not the same language.
Russian sounds like a foreign language played backwards on a phonograph to me.
Dutch seems a very funny-sounding and -looking language to me, and to most other English-speakers I know. Probably because of its close similarities to our language, it looks and sounds like some weird mutant English. It also has odd letter-combinations almost never found in English, such as "aa", "ui", and "ij", and certain letters and letter-combinations such as "j", "z", "oo", and "ee" that are much more common in Dutch than English.
Another note is that, while German
is often thought to be a very harsh
-sounding language, the "harsh" consonant
s tend to be much less harsh in actual practice. The getting-ready-to-spit sound
use to imitate the German ch
(as in "akhCHCHchchCHCHhhhhhht" "eight
") is not found in German
; rather, it's much like an English "h", but a bit further forward
in the mouth and with a bit more constriction
. Final R-sounds in German
are very soft, similar to French
and British English
. While German
doesn't quite have the vocal, almost musical cadence
perceived in French
, I found it to be a very pleasant
-sounding language, especially in the dialect
Krok7's fake written German looks to mea lot like a blend of Dutch and German.