1%homeless wrote:And around here, I keep hearing people say German is a harsh and ugly language. It hurts and pisses me off that people so misunderstand German because of it's association to hitler speech films.
I don't think it has anything to do with Nazism or Hitler. It's just that German enunciation is, relative to English, very hard. All the consonants that English shares with German tend to be more plosive in German. Then there are the gutterals, which sound harsh to people whose native language doesn't have them. And the vowel pronunciation is not as relaxed as in English, which also gives an impression of rigidity to English ears. At least, that's my impression.
Hebrew has some of the same qualities. I don't personally like the sound of any Semitic language, but that's probably partly because I live above a Lebanese couple who fight in Arabic all the time.
Welsh I don't know enough about.
I don't think that expressing aesthetic opinions about languages is rude in and of itself. It just depends on how it's done.