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What is the Ugliest Language?

What is the Ugliest Language?
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Language is the mean of communication between people. It is a system of complex sentences that convey meaning. It is a medium that keeps connected global world. Hence, it bridges the gap between different cultures. Every lingo has its way of speech and writing. Each of them has grace and beauty in its way. Every person loves his/her native language. But still, some are found to be attractive and beautiful languages. There are some that sound like as worst and ugliest languages.

People often question that why some lingos sound ugliest and why do they perceive others as better-sounding languages. Why speakers of one lingo found others as ugly languages? However, the first thing that determines language appeals is that how prepared and willing the hearer is. How he listens to the foreign language and how he perceives it?

In this article, we attempt to explain what are some other factors that determine the appeal of the language. However, we will cover the top ugliest languages and why using them is still necessary?

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Is there any difference between a dialect and language?

Sometimes lots of people find one dialect of the lingo as beautiful sounding and the other one as ugliest. Why is that so? Dialects have been evolved in different geographical locations but they usually carry the same roots of the lingo. However, they belong to the same native language. There is no grammatical or structural difference between dialect and language. Hence, dialects are the different spoken forms of written language. Language is not a dialect but dialect can be language. 

The Chinese language is one of the examples that has several groups of dialects. Mandarin is the written form. However, many governments such as Singapore and China recognize it as a standard dialect. Whereas Cantonese is spoken in specific geographical areas. Hence, many people around the world consider it the ugliest. Hokkien is another form of Mandarin and people don’t consider it ugly or worst. Both these dialects have the same Mandarin character system when they are written. But they sound very different from each other.

Similarly, the famous Spanish, Italian and French languages were once the dialects of the Latin language. Over time, these major tongues become separate languages. However, these in turn give rise to many new dialects. Do not miss out on our latest post on the hardest languages.

How many languages exist today?

There are approximately 7,139 global lingos that exist in today’s twenty-first century. Hence, each of them enriches the world with art, culture, nuances and makes it a diverse place. When a language evolves it is the result of traditions, knowledge, and attachment with the past. 40% of these lingos have only a thousand or few speakers left. However, they are in danger of disappearing. The world it is attached or connected to also dies when a language dies. Hence, whether it is beautiful or the ugliest language of the world it is very important to preserve the lingo.

What is the ugliest language and what makes language sound ugly?

Piraha is the term given by the regional population to the people left living near the Maici River. They classify them with this word. It also represents their identification when other indigenous groups are around them. According to some linguists, about 400 people belonging to this tribe are still alive. This also indicates the approximate number of speakers of this lingo which is 380-400. The limited number of its speakers causes no threat to its extinction. Because the Piraha community is monolingual, there are no chances that this lingo will phase out like others were replaced by Portuguese. If Dr. Daniel Everett had not performed his extensive research on this language, we might get no knowledge about this lingo. This is also the reason behind the limited interaction of this tongue with the world.

The complexity of phonetic sounds and tones

This is one of the reasons that make the lingo sound worst. Hence, there are at least two types of phonemes in every dialect and language. Phonemes distinguish one word from another word. They are the distinct unit of a sound. The building blocks of most lingos are consonants and vowels. Whereas, duration, stress, tone, and pitch are the factors that differentiate one word from another in some lingos.

One of the examples is Mandarin and its dialects. This the most difficult and hardest language because it sounds complex. Hence, lots of people don’t like it. The German language consists of a combination of consonant clusters and lengthy words. Most of the speakers also consider it as difficult and worst. On the contrary, Italian is a beautiful-sounding tongue as it has only a few consonant clusters. 

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The affinity of a lingo with its mother tongue

People love the lingo when it has the same written system and sounds similar to one’s native tongue. The most spoken language in the world is English. French, Spanish, and Italian are very similar to English. Hence, English speakers believe them to be the beautiful lingos spoken all around the world. On the other hand, Vietnamese, Cantonese, and Mandarin are less enticing. Their tones and sounds are not familiar with the native tongue of most listeners. Hence, people consider these as annoying or starting to their ears. Complicated tonal distinctions and consonants make them unnatural, harsh, or unappealing to foreign ears. 

The cultural stereotype of a language

Culture influences the attractiveness of the lingo. The appeal of the French language is because of centuries of its poetry, art, and music. The attraction of a lingo depends on the listener’s perception. It means how they view the language community and its group of people. People see the German language as an aggressive, powerful, and guttural lingo. However, this is because of their experience with language speakers.

Similarly, Russian lingo is also crude and abrasive sounding to many. This is mainly due to stereotypes based on World War history. Asia culture seems to be conservative than that of Western. This why Asian languages tend to be less welcoming to many. Hence, the listener’s background also determines the attractiveness of lingo. 

Top four ugliest languages

Vietnamese

It is the native tongue of the people of Vietnam. Hence, it is Austroasiatic lingo. It tops the list of ugliest languages by many people.

How does it sound to a foreign ear?

People say that it sounds like a ” duck being brutalized”. They find its tone annoying and whining. However, they consider it least attractive.

Mandarin

People consider it one of the ugliest sounding and difficult languages of the world.

How does it sound to a foreign ear?

According to people, it sounds “full of pis and vinegar”. They also consider it has harsh and abrupt sounding lingo. It is misunderstood as ugly because it has four tones. Hence, it has a different and difficult grammatical structure than English. These tones and pitch sound suspicious to the foreign ear.

German

It is a West Germanic language and native to a hundred million people.

How does it sound to a foreign ear?

It sounds interruptive, loud, dominant, and angry to most people. Whereas, some describe it as guttural, rough, overbearing, and rigid. Hence, English and German have the same roots. But the complex vocabulary length of German makes it more difficult than English.

Turkish

This lingo is native to Turkey.

How does it sound to a foreign ear?

It has a monotonic sound. Hence, people consider it annoying and non-melodic.

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