K (cochon) wrote in linguaphiles,

romance phonetics

Can anybody here explain why French sounds so different than other romance languages, or is that just Canadien French? I grew up in eastern Ontario and heard French all the time, and now that I'm livin g in the US, I hear spanish quite a bit. And I've alwyas thought that Spanish sounds so different from French that I would not think they were related languages at first, unless I knew better.

I have listened to itlalian and portuguese music and they both sound more like spanish than French does. This tells me that the others are probably the more "normal" ones, and French is the exception. But why does French have a different set of sounds (the "ch" sound, all the nasals, the extra vowels, etc)? Has anybody else noticed this?

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