20 Apr 2013

What language fits your personality?

Language is communication. Communication in different parts evolved to be more beneficial for those who speak it. These changes gave the language a 'personality'. Lets find out what language suits your personality. This is my expression of these languages. 

Creative Common by Enric Archivell
An easy to spell and pronounce language which has a Latin American exoticness. If it was a food it would be spicy without too much to burn on your tongue. It can be helpful with business, if you live in the Americas. It can be seen as a travellers language as it is the second most spoken language after Chinese. 

Creative Common by Doug
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French is hard to spell and some can have trouble with accent and pronunciation but its vocabulary is similar to English. It is viewed as a language for the upper class and intellectual, mainly because of its culture. Despite it difficulties, the sound and look of the language gives a classy, expressive 'je ne sais quoi'. With French under your belt you can travel to many countries (besides France) with it such as; Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Canada, Haiti, New Caledonia, many countries in Africa, and Lebanon. If French was a food, it would be savoury but an acquired taste for some.

Creative Common by Burkazoid
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No alphabet, tones and strange pronunciation, Chinese must be the hardest language to learn, right? Wrong..... its easiness is its grammar and short words. Most words are 1 or 2 syllables long making it quick for communication. The Chinese characters show its ancient history in the modern era and give it an exotic Asian look. It's culture is seen as productive and business like. If you speak fluent Mandarin, most companies would hire you without a thought. If Chinese was a food, it would be a 'to go' meal.

Chinese Poem - Change
Creative Common by Aupoman
Chinese New Year Vancouver
Creative Common by Scazon
When a westerner thinks of Japan they would normally think of cold windy weather, Karate, ancient artwork, beautiful landscapes, Anime or futuristic robots. Japan probably has the best balance of old and new. Japanese is easy to pronounce and has an Italian like purity in sound.  It can be difficult when written due to its three writing systems but it's calligraphy is beautiful. It's formalities can be hard but shows they honour respect. On the downside, it's not very useful for business, or travel unless you planning to go to Japan. If Japanese was a food it would have a salty umami flavour.

Notice how there are two different scripts in the image: Kanji and Hiragana
Creative Common by Sarah Arnoff
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Fun to pronounce, easy to spell and similar to English, where's the catch? Its grammar, but don't let that turn you off, German is the most spoken language in the European Union and is the third most taught language. German is very logical and has many words based upon root words.  The umlauts (ä, ë, ü), give it a forest-like feel and when spoken it has two sides; Southern German sounds friendly to while northern German can sound quite scary. For me it has a traditional northern European 'Gingerbread house' kind of feel. If German was a food, it would be vegetables and meat steamed or boiled as well a gingery or berry-flavoured dessert. Well, at least for me it would. 

Creative Common by Wolfgang Staudt
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India, a very populated country with about as many millionaires as people in Australia but also a similar amount of homeless people. Written Hindi looks exotic and spoken Hindi has a cheeky, fun feel to it. It's culture is up-beat, spiritual and traditional. Hindi is also good for business and can take you to more places than India, such as Fiji, Pakistan (they speak Urdu, which is very similar to Hindi) and many Indian communities around the world. If Hindi was a food, it would obviously be Indian in origin. 
Sign in Hindi
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Creative Common by Ravinder M A
Indonesian / Malay:
It is probably the easiest natural non-creole language to learn. Indonesian / Malay is like the Asian equivalent of Spanish, it is spoken at a fast-pace with rolled r's and easy pronunciation. It is useful for South-East Asian travel because it is spoken in Indonesia, Malaysia, East Timor, Brunei and has some speakers in southern Philippines and Thailand. The Indonesian archipelago was called the spice islands and has many influences from other cultures such as Dutch (British in Malaysia), Arabic, Indian, Spanish and Portuguese. Indonesian food best describes the language.

Creative Common by Patrik M. Loeff
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An ancient language like Latin but is still spoken today. Non-native speakers of Greek are seen as intelligent scholars or world-travellers as it isn't a language that most people would study. Greek has a rhythmic sound and it's writing has a classical look to it. Greek can help you improve your English and teach you French, Spanish, Russian and other European vocabulary because many Latin words came from Greek. Like Indonesian, Greek cuisine best describes its language. 

Creative Common by Josh Clark
Creative Common by Mr G's Travels
Arabic / Hebrew:
Arabic is harsh sounding but with a beautiful script while Hebrew is nicer sounding but with a not-so-nice looking script. What do these languages have in common? Their vocabulary, they both common from Aramaic and are both significant in two religions. These languages are for people who want to learn a European-like language but not directly European. I might have synaesthesia because in my mind Arabic is gold and Hebrew is a bronze-like colour, maybe because they are spoken in countries which have a desert and deserts have sand. 

Arabic Calligraphy
Creative Common by Dr Case
Dome of the Rock and Western Wall in Jerusalem
Creative Common by Francisco Martins
Hebrew Writing
Creative Common Jami Gibbs
Russian is stereotypically seen as a communist language spoken in a cold country but Russian is actually good for business as it spoken in countries in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia.  Most people would agree Russian sounds awesome when spoken because of its hard sounds and many consonants before a vowel, for example, zdravstvujtye (zdrah-stvooy-tee) means hello. Written Russian looks just as cool. This language is for those who want a challenge and can persist when the language gets hard. If Russian was a food it would be a dessert:). 

Creative Common by Bryan Jones
Red Square, Moscow
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What language do you think suits you the best? Vote on this poll on the side. If none of them suit you then vote 'none' and I'll write another post with 10 more languages, (well, technically I wrote about 14 languages).

1 comment:

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