best language to you when written or heard

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  1. Hey guys what's the best language to you when written or heard.
    For me: When heard Italian (It sounds so beautiful to me)
    When written Korean (it looks like an alien language to me)
     
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  3. superstring01 Moderator

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    I'm a fan of English.

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  5. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    I had a short-wave radio when I was a kid and due to the vagaries of the atmosphere I picked up the Voice of America broadcasts in Romanian--in Arizona. I thought it was the most beautiful language I'd ever heard.
    A lot of anglophones say that about Italian. I wonder what native speakers of other languages think.

    A lot of it is the individual speaker. I subsequently traveled to Romania and was disappointed to find that the conversations I overheard were not as beautiful as the speech of that trained professional announcer with the deep baritone voice.

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    The Korean alphabet is perhaps the only one that is not descended from Egyptian/Akkadian. It was invented by scholars rather recently. It's easy to distinguish from Chinese and Japanese because it's the only East Asian script with circles. It's an unusual writing system: each word (they're all one syllable so they don't have a lot of letters) occupies a square grid, and the letters are arranged around the grid.

    I like the Chinese logograms, but my preference is biased because I have studied Chinese. Still, there's a personal aspect to this too. Some people have wonderful handwriting and make even English look beautiful.

    I had a Bulgarian Esperanto pen pal who always wrote his letters in cursive. Since the Roman alphabet was foreign to him his letters had slightly exotic shapes and I always enjoyed seeing them. When I was in Bulgaria I saw something he had written in cursive Cyrillic, and was delighted to find that his Bulgarian words were just as beautiful as his Esperanto. He wrote every language with considerably more panache than his compatriots.

    I've certainly seen lovely English calligraphy. I love the Prose Antique computer font, and I use it whenever I can get away with it. Unfortunately the people at my job absolutely do not appreciate it in their software manuals.

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  7. temur man of no words Registered Senior Member

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    Written - Cyrillic or Classical Mongolian, also Russian
    Heard - French or German
     
  8. skaught The field its covered in blood Valued Senior Member

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    Written - Old English, Russian
    Hear - Old English, Russian, Farsi. The small amount of Sanskrit I have heard was amazing. And the small amount of Ojibwa I have heard was also quite pleasing to the ears.

    I cannot stand the sound of most of the romance languages. I would rather listen to nails on a chalkboard than hear Italian, Portuguese, or French. Spanish is perhaps the ugliest language to my ears. It literally makes my stomach knot up.
     
  9. Shadow1 Valued Senior Member

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    arabic (the official one) korean and japanese.

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    Korea and Japan are the best! i don't know why we love them in here, but, we do.

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  10. Shadow1 Valued Senior Member

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    ah, did i told you? i have created my own writing language, wanna see it? itr want look very beautifull by using power paint, but, i'll try. wait here i'll be back
     
  11. Lori_7 Go to church? I am the church! Registered Senior Member

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    written, any of the asian languages look like artwork to me. it seems like it would be a pain in the ass to actually have to write that way, but it looks very beautiful.

    heard, i'd have to go with italian too. it's so emphatic, but in a romantic and beautiful way.
     
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    here is it.
    it don't look as good as it is with hand writing, it's on power paint, so, it'snot very easy to make it look real or nice.
     
  13. Shadow1 Valued Senior Member

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    like those ones?

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  14. Lori_7 Go to church? I am the church! Registered Senior Member

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    i've never seen anything quite like that. very pretty.
     
  15. Shadow1 Valued Senior Member

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    there's more.
    the arabic is a very flexible language, you can manupulate the shapes of the letters in so many ways, also phrases and grammar.
     
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    http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/tugra.jpg
    go on google and you'll find alot more, those pictures are not everything, and i can't show eerything, because those don't end, i think i have maked a thread about the arabic writing art.

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    there's more than i can tell or show, and you can find this art in other languages too, but, letters are not reshaped and flexibal like in those ones.
    anywya you can find writing showing people or animals, or othes, and others are colorfull and stuff...
     
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    But you're hearing Sanskrit spoken with the accent of the modern Indian languages. No one really knows what Sanskrit sounded like when it was a living language.

    I was on an SAS flight once and the flight attendants were giving their little monologue in five different languages. I've never heard anything so lovely as German spoken with a Swedish accent!
     
  18. raptorttail Registered Member

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    My first language is French....well. at least what I mostly used until high School. I've lived and went to school in French, English and German cultures.

    I can remember my grade 10 English poetry course...it was belly-laughing funny how unromantic poetry sounded in English compared to French...sort of like a pig snorting. Words don't flow in English but rather 'crunch'.

    English and German are 'practical but just don't have a romantic lilt to them. One should speak German or English with a girl when discussing how to use the washing machine...but French when sharing a bottle of wine.
     
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    I like Japanese and German.
     
  20. Shadow1 Valued Senior Member

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    hehehehe, yeah you can't translate most of poetes.
    are in france?
     
  21. firdroirich A friend of The Friends Registered Senior Member

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    French is so damn sexy. German on the other hand sounds clumsy and abrupt. I've been learning Swedish for 2 years and it's starting to sound good in my ears.
     
  22. Shadow1 Valued Senior Member

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    so damn sexy? idk, i can speak french

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    bonjour, sava? tu peut parler francais?
     
  23. raptorttail Registered Member

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    No, I'm from Montreal, but now live in western Canada
     

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