View Poll Results: Which is your favourite Germanic language other than your own?

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  • Afrikaans

    3 4.55%
  • Danish

    1 1.52%
  • Dutch

    1 1.52%
  • English

    11 16.67%
  • Faroese

    1 1.52%
  • Frisian

    1 1.52%
  • High German

    9 13.64%
  • Icelandic

    15 22.73%
  • Low German (Saxon)

    8 12.12%
  • Norwegian

    7 10.61%
  • Swedish

    6 9.09%
  • Scots

    1 1.52%
  • Other, namely...

    2 3.03%
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    You find Dutch nice sounding? Have you ever been to the Netherlands?
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    It's a very hard poll in my opinion; if it was possible I would gladly learn all Germanic languages. If I have to choose I like High German (which I'm allowed to vote since current linguists classify my dialect as Low German in stead of High German like linguists did about a century ago) the most I think. In my view it's a great language for poetry and I actually never realized the beauty of the language until I heard some songs with amazing poetic lyrics. For example, I particularly like the following song which is a musical version of 'Der Erlkönig' by Goethe:

    Forseti - Erlkönig


    Another aspect what makes the german language interesting is that it still has four cases, which often leads to sentences which sound a lot better than the same in Dutch in my view.
    Considering the german dialects, I like Ripuarian (as it is spoken in Köln). Actually this dialect is a lot like Limburgian, but less dutch and more german.

    My second choice would probably be English, spoken with an english accent. Because it is influenced a lot by both North-Germanic and West-Germanic, it is quite a special language within the family of germanic languages. It can have a special kind of beauty and power, but is also nice to hear in simple conversations.
    But also the north-germanic languages sound great in my opinion and I would really like to learn one of them in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Žoreišar View Post
    I am no expert, but I find the Dutch language very nice sounding as well, though I have no knowledge of the different regional dialects and such. It appears to be a very round and mellow language (sort of like Danish), yet with a nice melody as well. The sound of your G is the best asset of your language, but it's makes for good contrast in your speach.
    That is nice to hear, thank you. But don't you mean the sound of our G is not the best asset? Otherwise I don't understand the "but" that follows in your sentence.

    And I have to agree with its akward orthography, though I don't think it's as bad as in for instance French or English.
    But what specifically is awkward about it in your opinion? Is it the double vowels (e.g. duur 'expensive', boom 'tree', maan 'moon', steen 'stone')? Or perhaps the spelling of certain diphthongs and triphthongs (e.g. ijs 'ice', huis 'house', blauw 'blue', eeuw 'century', nieuw 'new')?

    What!? You have obviously never been confronted with the burly, operatic speach of a true Norwegian einherje. Explain yourself.
    Indeed, that mode of Norwegian exists! I dare not deny it. Yet such a mode we may find in my own language too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stimme View Post
    You find Dutch nice sounding? Have you ever been to the Netherlands?
    Yes, I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anlef View Post
    That is nice to hear, thank you. But don't you mean the sound of our G is not the best asset? Otherwise I don't understand the "but" that follows in your sentence.
    Yes, I meant 'G is not the best asset', sorry about that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anlef View Post
    But what specifically is awkward about it in your opinion? Is it the double vowels (e.g. duur 'expensive', boom 'tree', maan 'moon', steen 'stone')? Or perhaps the spelling of certain diphthongs and triphthongs (e.g. ijs 'ice', huis 'house', blauw 'blue', eeuw 'century', nieuw 'new')?
    Both, but mostly the diph- and triphthongs.

    I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it, though - it certainly has its own charm - but for a novice like me, it can be a bit confusing and tricky to interpret some times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ward View Post
    Would you mind elaborating on this a little? Maybe provide a few examples? I'm not offended or anything, I'm just curious. Would you say that the English language lends itself better to doublespeak?
    Well you could generally take every common (love) song of today. I am sometimes asked by relatives who don't speak english, what the meaning of some for instance Britney Spears' song would be and I really can't translate this stuff in a litteral sense with a straight face. But in english it sounds acceptable nontheless, even for one who understands the language.

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    i voted english, because for me it's the most musical between the Germanics Language. I also like a bit Swedish and Hungarian

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    Currently i am very fond of Norwegian. But that choice is somewhat biased, because i learned Norwegian (well, not yet completely).

    I would really like to be able to speak Danish or Icelandic. They have unique and very pleasant sounds.

    I really don't get all the praise for Dutch to be honest. Perhaps it sounds nice when you can't understand it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sybren View Post
    I really don't get all the praise for Dutch to be honest. Perhaps it sounds nice when you can't understand it
    It does sound nice and if you listen carefully (and they don't speak fast) you can understand quite a lot, even if you have never had any lessons. I like it.

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