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Best and worst languages for song?

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Melissaki
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 Message 25 of 45
05 April 2012 at 12:54pm | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
Though I think German also sounds wonderful.


It does, and it's not only the "harsh" language Rammstein-stereotype.

Here's an example of how it can sound melodic and soft.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRcXJSey7_o
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Serpent
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 Message 26 of 45
05 April 2012 at 12:58pm | IP Logged 
This is harsher than Rammstein :P (I mean only the vocals)
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 Message 27 of 45
05 April 2012 at 3:51pm | IP Logged 
Best: English
Worst: Mandarin


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clumsy
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 Message 28 of 45
05 April 2012 at 4:44pm | IP Logged 
Why not post some songs to show the music abilities?
你的微笑
A song in Mandarin, I like this group a lot.

I think it depends on a song, rather than on a language.
A language can sound ugly or beautiful, depending on the skill.

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Melissaki
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 Message 29 of 45
05 April 2012 at 5:09pm | IP Logged 
clumsy wrote:
Why not post some songs to show the music abilities?
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A song in Mandarin, I like this group a lot.

I think it depends on a song, rather than on a language.
A language can sound ugly or beautiful, depending on the skill.


Thanks for reminding me this band...here's a song I like a lot :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fTrPL5b4Lg

Here's how Japanese can sound great in a song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQEABn3sLNY

Here's how Mongolian can sound great:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr1jUq3BemU

I don't understand a word of the above languages, I just love the music :)
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jellyfish
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 Message 30 of 45
06 April 2012 at 5:41am | IP Logged 
Don't know about the best one, I like music in many different languages. Depends on the genre, too. Xhosa/Zulu hip-hop and kwaito is great fun. :D

Worst one has to be Japanese for me though, I find Japanese music of any genre atrocious, and believe me I've tried finding Japanese songs I like. Japanese reggae isn't too bad, but not fantastic either. I don't know why; I do like the language.

Edited by jellyfish on 06 April 2012 at 5:45am

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vonPeterhof
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 Message 31 of 45
06 April 2012 at 9:33am | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
Here's my favourite song in Russian. Much nicer.

Songs in deliberately broken Russian do sound nicer ;)
Serpent wrote:
Edit: OMG the Danish song. Do they have more in Danish? Seems like they mostly sing in English and Faroese.

This song is actually in something called Gøtudansk, essentially Danish prononunced with a Faroese accent and some Faroese vocabulary. Here's another Týr song in that form of Danish.

As for Danish proper, it is widely considered the ugliest of the North Germanic languages. I think this perception can actually work to some songs' advantage - I don't think this song would sound quite as angry if it were sung in Norwegian. But Danish can also sound quite gentle, like here or here.
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lindseylbb
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 Message 32 of 45
09 April 2012 at 2:17pm | IP Logged 
I always wander if manderin and any other tonal languages can work that well with songs (no comprehension problems ), why do they need tones at all ?Does IT prove that tones are not necessary ?
And in Chinese ancient songs , the tones rhymes as well as vowels . our ancestors put some great efforts to make tones neat, by rules and patterns. I am not familiar with this but I guess in this case tones dont bother. And when we lost the music in the River of history with ONLY lyrics remained, we call them poems. I can assure you those poems can have beautiful music stream for its tonal nature even without real music.   
PS Russian songs have a gift to make me laugh no matter what type the songs are. They just sound funny.

Edited by lindseylbb on 10 April 2012 at 4:55am



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