The Sweetest languages in the World
By: Sehar Khan
A language is a construct that is commonly used as a means of communication. Apart from this, languages also hold an emotional aspect—a softer side that is seldom explored. When people talk about the usefulness of languages, their necessity in the field of science, communication and business surfaces to the mind, yet if one pauses to think about it, languages are more than just a means of business communication.
To define languages only as “useful, vital, and beneficial” would be akin to undermining their underlying features of being “beautiful, sweet, and soft”.
Let’s take a look at some of the languages deemed as the sweetest languages in the world.
India is a diverse pool of a large number of languages and one of the most beautiful languages in India is Bengali. Spoken by more than 220 million people in India and Bangladesh, Bengali, an Indo-Aryan language, has a beautiful writing system and a flowing sounds that greatest poets of the world used as a creation for their art.
It is spoken by some 85 million people in India, primarily in the states of West Bengal, Assam and Tripura and a sizeable immigrant community in United Kingdom, the United States, and the Middle East.
Italian language, or Italiano—as it is commonly known, is a Romance language and one of the languages most people would readily agree on as one of softest and sweetest language in existence. The language of revolutionists like Dante da Vinci, and Pavarotti, Italian is spoken by 66 million people globally.
This language has witnessed a boom in the past few years in terms of spread to other areas, popularity, and usage. Such is the sweetness of this language, that it has been recognized as the official language of the world of art, opera, and romance, with a certain flair for invoking feelings of warmth when spoken.
Arabic may be one of the most useful languages in the future, but it is also deemed as one of the sweetest languages in the world. Why?
The credit given to Arabic as one of the most beautiful; languages goes to its “calligraphic” qualities. The Arabic calligraphy, highly venerated by religious enthusiasts around the worlds is a way to express the artistic nature and body of poetry.
The Arabic language took a huge leap from being a localized Emirates-only language to a language spoken by 420 million speakers mainly due to the medium of exchange in multi-billion dollar oil deals and language of stock trading in Qatar and Doha. Considering this impact, one would surely be forced to appreciate the sweetness of Arabic language, and along with its usefulness in the world of business, Arabic is a masterpiece.
The Czech language, formerly Bohemian, belongs to the Slavic language family. Dating back as far as 11-14th Century, Czech language sounds les Slavic and more like a mixture of Slavic and Germanic language, lending it a “musical” tone and voice that sets it apart from other hard languages surrounding it.
Perhaps due to its geographical position in Central Europe, it has retained the unique sounds of Slovak, Polish and Sorbian language of Eastern Germany, which gives it a unique undertone and feel.
The Finnish language, official language of Finland and minority language of Sweden, has approximately 5.4 million speakers. The language sounds unlike any other in Europe, with the exception of its close cousin Estonian and Hungarian.
It has a quiet lilt to it that lends it a subtle quality just appropriate for it to be used in songs and poetry, especially in reggae music. Perhaps this is the reason Finnish is the language of so many ballads and songs.
Considering the sweetest languages in the world above, one would be inclined to think that a language is not only a mode of exchange between people, it can also possess elements of softness and beauty that can give it a certain dominance over other languages.
A language, after all, is the connecting link between residents of faraway countries, a means of establishing dialogue and a way to communicate expressions. A soft undertone, a certain lilt and a crisp tinge can not only enhance the communication experience, it can also be a source of forming emotional bonds and connections.