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.
Дъыс ыз Ынглыш pытьн yыдъ оъл дъь ьннэсьсэри ваулз pымуъвьд op pыплесьд уыдъ мор фытынг уонз. Уыч ду ю тъынк ыз бэст, op aт лист уыч ду ю тъынк уьд би изиьр фор сьмуон нот ьдъьруяз акуентьд уыдъ дъь лангуыц ту льрн?