Aye, I'd heard that as well; also that is apparently sounds like a "babbling brook" (aw, isn't that nice!?). I'll try listening to Dutch or Swedish and see what I think, thanks.
I've looked up about Albanian, and you're right, I've never known a language to have such a similar phonology to ours! Even Scots is very different, though it is largely mutually inteligible with English.
I think the late Stanley Unwin gives a very good inpression of what English sounds like to maybe a German or Dutchman with his "Unwinese", and I've found it quite helpful myself.
Æȝ æm ƿonderyng ƿot ȝū þync of ðys raðr yntrestyng ƿeȝ of ræȝtyng Ynglysc æȝ hæf cum up ƿið; æȝ æm ƿontyng tu hȳr ȝūr coments on ðe mætr, yff ȝū ƿyl?