What does English sound like?

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What does English sound like?

Postby choc_pud » Wed 13 Feb 2013 1:17 pm

I couldn't see that any of the other topics would've been any better, so I'll post it here:

What does English sound like to those whose first language isn't English? Because I've often wondered. So if anyone cares to comment I'd be much gratified!

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Re: What does English sound like?

Postby Sprochamaedli » Thu 09 May 2013 8:20 pm

I heard once it sounds like hissing... ;) But as a native speaker, I think it probably sounds like Dutch or Swedish, because often when I hear those languages I feel like I should be understanding it. Or for a few seconds I think it's English. Otherwise, it might sound a little like Albanian because of the similar phonologies, even though I think the rhythm is different.
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Re: What does English sound like?

Postby choc_pud » Fri 10 May 2013 9:45 pm

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.

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