What Does ____ Sound Like?
Describing the sound of a language is a really difficult thing to do, mostly because everybody hears things a little differently and we make different connections. I’ve heard people describe French as being “romantic” and I’ve also heard people say it sounds like “someone got something stuck in their throat”. Some people say Spanish sounds musical but I’ve also heard people describe it as angry. Mila Kunis even once compared Russian to Klingon, and there’s a scene from a TV show where one of the characters accidentally gives his blessings in Klingon, having believed it to be Hebrew. The fact of the matter is, the only way you’re going to know what a language sounds like is to hear it. So I’m compiling a list, separated by language, with various examples of said language in its natural context. This means there will be soap operas, youtubers, movie trailers (probably a lot of these ‘cause they’re easy to find), some newsreels, maybe advertisements. What there won’t be is music or those recorded dialogues they put in language learning textbooks. The point of this is to hear different languages actually sound with your own ears.
Some things you should know:
I am in the United States so all links are confirmed to work in the United States, I cannot guarantee they’ll work anywhere else.
This is (hopefully) not going to be the only post of it’s kind. I plan on making a series, here I just start with a few major languages. I’m hoping later I can make little series like “East Asian Languages” and “The Uralic Branch” kinda thing.
These are not meant to be comprehensive or even useful for studying. This is literally just a list of links so people can hear a few different languages and get a feel for them.
I will attempt to mark regional accents where I can. If no accent/region is marked it’s probably because I don’t know. If you see one of these and you DO know what accent/dialect it is, let me know, I’d love to include that kind of information.
Clearly there isn’t much here for people who are d/Deaf/HOH. I cannot caption the videos because they’re not mine though some of them do have captions put there by their creator. Later on I hope to do versions of this for “What does ____ look like?” and show written language as well as signed languages.
NONE OF THESE VIDEOS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE FREE FROM LANGUAGE, NUDITY, AND ADULT TOPICS. Partially because I can’t actually understand most of them so who knows what’s going on. I can tell you that the visuals are all pretty clean (so no porno or bloodfests).
There will be NO horror movies or trailers for horror movies. There might still be creepy stuff or horror like concepts but NO jumpscares. Mostly because I just really don’t wanna watch them and I don’t wanna accidentally expose someone else to some creepy horror movie trailer when they too really don’t wanna watch them. That’s just mean. And if for some reason someone finds something on here that they believe to be a jumpscare let me know so I can take care of it.
What does German sound like?Die Welle (The Wave) 2008 Trailer
What does Italian sound like?
What does French sound like?
What does Spanish sound like?
What does Portuguese sound like?
What does Mandarin Chinese sound like?
What does Japanese sound like?
What does Cantonese sound like?
What does Arabic sound like?
Egyptian Panda Cheese Commercial 2014
What does Russian sound like?