Three guys are debating about which of their languages is the most pleasing to the ear. The Spaniard says,
"Consider the word for 'butterfly'. In Spanish, this is Mariposa, a beautiful sounding word."
The French guy says, "True, but Papillon is even more beautiful".
"What's wrong with Schmetterlink?", says the German."
I've always thought that was a subjective matter (and personally, I find mariposa more pleasing to the ear than papillon), but I've always been intrigued by the seemingly general acceptation that "German sounds awful!".
Once, in the train, there were two young women a few seats away, chatting with a soft and musical accent, and it took me a few seconds to realize they were using German. I understood enough of their conversation to learn both originated from Ulm. Maybe it was just a regional accent issue, anyway it was very pleasurable to just listen to them, while I was reading the news.
So my question of the day is: what makes you like or dislike a particular spoken language, or group of languages?
As for me, I think I have a taste for clearly distinguishable short vowels, vowel variety, and clear-but-not-emphasized consonants, with a balanced mix and alternance of stop, liquid and fricative ones. I'm not too high on semivowels or approximants when they come in droves. And I like a legato-staccato articulation.