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Danish (the language, that is) (was Re: French)

From:taliesin the storyteller <taliesin@...>
Date:Friday, January 17, 2003, 11:20
* Sally Caves said on 2003-01-14 06:16:42 +0100
> Douglas Koller: > > Nik, on French: > > > I just wish it sounded nicer, without all those ugly > > > nasal vowels and front rounded vowels and with more stops to give some > > > texture to the sound. :-) > > > > Steady, lieutenant. Them's fightin' words. A day without front > > rounded vowels is like a day without sunshine. > > AHEM! At any rate, I think French has a very unique sound. And some real > beauties of structure and expression. On the other hand, [..] , but I've > heard Danish described by one cynic as the "throw-up language." Lot's of > swallowed "l"s and that sort of thing.
My phonetics-professor claimed (avec smiley) that the single-most used 'word' in Danish is "hve'be'", written "hva behager", meaning roughly "excuse me, I couldn't understand what you said, could you repeat it?". Danish seems to be mostly vowels and semivowels these days. t.