Re: Terms of Endearment
|From:||Chris Bates <christopher.bates@...>|
|Date:||Friday, May 2, 2003, 11:59|
> The Spanish! ;))))) Indeed, for many French people, Spanish is the
> of romance, passion and sexual love. But we do consider our own
> language to
> be better at nuances in love. So we do consider our own language to be
> language of love ;))) .
I do think spanish sounds nicer... that's why I decided to learn it
lol. Not the most beautiful language in existence
but probably the nicest sounding language with a large number of
speakers (its the 3rd or 4th most spoken language in the world isn't it?
might as well learn something useful).
>> Just wondered... never asked. To be honest though, I would expect a
>> language of love to sound beautiful if that makes any sense, and french
>> just doesn't...
> To you. There are quite a lot of people disagreeing with you ;)) . De
To be fair though the french are nice people, in the countryside anyway.
I think city people are the same everywhere, but my family has a house
in france (don't speak french fluently though, typical english people...
I've got an excuse because I haven't gone there in a long time). But
anyway, all the neighbours are very nice, even with the news claiming
all french people hate we british now because we went to war with Iraq
(which I wasn't in favour of, but I've given up on politics because its
all the same whoever you elect). The only fault our french neighbours
have is a genicidal attitude toward vipers lol.
> Indeed, English to French ears sounds like it has more variety in
> pitch. I
> think it's because the English stress is free in position and has a great
> impact on pronunciation, while the French stress is fixed and doesn't
> much of an impact (actually, it's purely phonetic and not phonemic at
> :)) ).
That's the weird thing, English stress is unpredictable, but we don't
mark it or anything so it takes a while to get used to it when you start
learning languages which have a decent system of writing instead of a
system which might have been almost okay a few hundred years ago. I wish
someone had managed to reform English spelling. :(