This is something I have always wondered. Does English sound like German? Or does it sound like some other language?
The other day, I was walking around, and I heard muffled speaking through a microphone. In the district I live in, the language could have been anything because the area is highly diverse. Language-wise. However, I was close enough to hear the sounds and not the words. As I got closer, I realized it was English, but I got to thinking about what it sounded like before I could make it out. So, I walked back out of range, and listened to the indistinct noises. It seemed to me that it was broken up and not smooth, like German, but not as clearly pronounced; if German is broken up into small chunks, I would guess English sounds like the same thing but with the chunks 'smoothed over' or 'eroded' but still present.
For those who can remember hearing English before they could speak it, what did it sound like? For those who speak English and another language, how do the two compare? Which do you prefer, or is one better at some things, and the other better at others?
What I've always appreciated about German is that it is a strong-sounding language. It isn't beautiful like French or most of the other Romance languages, but it sounds clear and authoritative, at least to me. Does English sound like this as well, or does it sound more like indistinct mumbling?