What does English sound like when you don't yet speak the language? I know that other languages have a certain 'sound' to me when I don't speak them. I can recognise certain other languages from this even though I don't understand them at all. For example, I could pick out Italian, or German, and only this evening I commented that, to me, Welsh sounds like English being played in reverse! (no offense to any welsh speakers). The Scandinavian languages have a very distinctive 'sound' to me, along with African languages. Other areas of the world also have distinctive qualities to their languages.

So, what did English sound like to you before you learned to speak it. If, as a non-English speaker, you had to make up a sort of nonsense 'English' talk what sounds would you make?
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Hello, Nona,

I've been trying to recall how English sounded to me when I didn't understand it at all but it's been quite hard because I started learning it many years ago. But I vaguely remember that I had a feeling that English speakers spoke with something in their mouth - like a pebble or some food. And both of your "th" consonants sounded like some sort of speech impediment to me.

How do Slavonic languages (Czech, Polish, Russian ...) sound to you?
Well, for me it souns good. It has its melody and it is really nice to hear. I can also say that American English seems to me a little bit freindlier than British English, which sounds official. But it is only my opinion. On the other hand, the Americans talk more loudly than the British and somebody can feel uncomfortable with it. But all in all both sounds nice.

Slavonic languages - it is difficult for me to assess this group, becouse my mother tonque is Polish. But I try.. I like very much Czech, is sounds very very nice for me. It is joyful! But I do not really like Russian.

What do you think? :-)
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Hi Nona. We speak English at home even though our mother tongue is an Indian language. So frankly, I cannot remember the time when English, as a language, was new to me. Among the accents, I have always had an affinity for the American accent. The British accent comes across as very rigid and stern (no offence intended here).
Hmn... I can't remember how it sounds I was to young when I learned the first english word ^^'
But my former teacher said (she was from Ireland), that a german who stutters, can't enunciate the S correct (S-Fehler) and has problems with the R (rollendes R) has the perfect premies for speaking english as the natives do.

Hope I could help.
I don't really speak english, but I understand a lot!. When I didn't, It sounded like "washi washi" lol. It was like a lot of shshsh sounds Emotion: smile
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Very very strong and sharp.
I was talking with a Dutch guy on the train the other day and he said 'I have a love hate relationship with Dutch, it has harsh sounds and none of the melody that English or German has.'

It's a question I somethings thing about too.

As for Slavic languages, I think they sound quite sexy but in a cold and metalic way.
Very lispy. English has way too many -s sounds.
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