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German doesn’t really have the best reputation when it comes to how it sounds compared to other languages. It doesn’t get the praise of languages like Italian or French and instead is known as a harsh sounding language.

And between the harsh gutturals, clipped consonants, and some massively long compound words, maybe it deserves this reputation.

Or does it?

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Beyond the stereotypes and amidst the multilingual backdrop of Europe, German resonates with a unique cadence and structure that both contrasts and complements its linguistic neighbors. In this article, we’ll listen to some evidence and decide how German sounds compared to other languages.

Then, I’ll let you decide!

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Exhibit A: German Sounds Incredibly Harsh

Let’s look at Exhibit A. This infamous video went viral at one point and was incredibly popular. It may lead you to think that German is the harshest language in the world 😂

Watch the following video and see what you think…

But does German really sound that harsh or is it just how they are speaking in this video?

Exhibit B: German Sounds Much Softer Than Other Languages

As a response to the other video, this German YouTuber took things in the opposite direction with some nicer sounding German words. She also pronounced the other languages in a more angry tone.

So German can definitely sound a lot nicer than it does in the first video.

But does it only sound better because of the tone that the speaker is using?


So what’s your verdict?

Is German a harsh language? Or a beautiful one?

The perception of a language’s sound is subjective, after all. It can vary according to personal taste, cultural background, and exposure.

Many people find the precision and clarity of German’s pronunciation and its rich literary history to be quite beautiful. Notable are the works of poets and thinkers like Goethe and Rilke, whose eloquent use of the language imparts a poignant and profound beauty that defies the harshness stereotype.

So whether it is harsh or not is completely up to you.

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Sharon first fell in love with Germany back in 2000 on her first visit. She loves the long history, the picturesque Old Towns, the castles, the food, everything really! Since then, she has visited many times and loves writing about Germany here so you can enjoy it too. In fact, Sharon loves German culture so much that she sent her kids to a German primary school in Australia. She especially loves Berlin and towns with charming Old Towns like Celle and Quedlinburg. Sharon also has a Certificate III in International Travel Sales and understands the nitty gritty of travel planning. Through this site, she'll help you have the perfect trip to Germany whether it's your first or tenth time!

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