The Most Beautiful Spoken Language?

Recently, a study was conducted on the Internet to determine the “most beautiful spoken language in the world“. The winners were:

1 Italian
2 French
3 Spanish
4 Portuguese
5 Chinese (Mandarin)
6 English
7 Russian
8 Finnish
9 Japanese
10 Arabic

All languages have a different sound and this is due to tones, trills, guttural sounds, use of vowels, different pitches, amount of morphemes, etc. While I don’t agree with all the languages listed, I decided to come up with my own personal favorites.

French is commonly thought of as the most beautiful sounding language, as it is singsong, fluid, romantic and just plain “pretty”. But why is this? Which components make up French to make it sound so charming? The lack of guttural sounds, I believe. How lovely is it to say “L’amour toujours”? It just rolls off the tongue. Two of my favorite quotes about the French language are below:

“Le français est le langue le plus limpide et le plus précis du monde.” -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Translation: French is the most clear and precise language in the world.

“La langue française est une femme. Et cette femme est si belle, si fière, si modeste, si hardie, touchante, voluptueuse, chaste, noble, familière, folle, sage, qu’on l’aime de toute son âme, et qu’on n’est jamais tenté de lui être infidèle.”-Anatole France

Translation: The French language is a woman. And this woman is so beautiful, so proud, so modest, so bold, touching, voluptuous, chaste, noble, familiar, crazy, wise, that one likes it of any sound soul, and that one is never attempts to be unfaithful.

My personal favorite is Italian. It sounds happy, cheerful, positive and gorgeous. During my research for this blog, I discovered that many dialects of what we now know as Italian had sprung up but the Tuscan dialect was picked as the Italian language we know today, due to the beauty of its sound. It was also inspired by the arts dominant in that area in the 14th century.

Of all the Asian languages, I think that Japanese is the most beautiful, although having studied it for many years, I may be partial. I often refer to Japanese as the “French of the Asian languages”. The Japanese language contains all morphemes (which are sounds like KA, KI, KU, KE, KO and are defined as meaningful morphological units of a language that cannot be further divided). There are only 50 of these morphemes and they don’t have a pitch difference.

Ukrainian is another very pleasant-sounding language.. It is quite different in both grammar and vocabulary than Russian and much more melodic.

Danish is another beauty and it is my favorite of the Scandinavian languages. Even their word for “love” is beautiful-kærlighed.

All in all, each language offers its own kind of beauty, flow and sound. It would very hard to list the most beautiful languages in the world as it is very subjective.

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4 Comments on The Most Beautiful Spoken Language?

  1. Tanya on Sat, 22nd Sep 2012 3:17 pm
  2. I have to say I am stunned that English is not in the top three! I may be fluent in English only, but I’ve also studied some Russian, German and French – but if I were to make a list, English would have been the absolute winner! Funnily enough, Italian would not even make the top 10 for me – I just don’t know what the whole craze is all about there really…:)
    Anyway, thanks for yet another interesting post!

  3. Lucia on Mon, 24th Sep 2012 8:46 am
  4. Surprise, surprise! The top 4 are languages with Latin roots. I am certainly proud that Italian is number one. Depending on what area of Italy the language is spoken, Northern Italian is much more “musical” than Southern Italian. Thank you for the interesting blog and Happy Monday!

  5. Robyn DeAngelis on Mon, 24th Sep 2012 1:13 pm
  6. Happy Monday to you! :)

  7. Robyn DeAngelis on Mon, 24th Sep 2012 1:14 pm
  8. Hi Tanya,
    I’ve always wondered if English sounds nice to non-native speakers, as I cannot tell being a native speaker. Glad to hear it. :)
    Thanks,
    Robyn

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