13-09-2004J. PEREZ

French may reputedly be the language of love but Spanish has been judged internationally to be the most positive-sounding language  on the planet.
If you have  always loved the way Spanish sounds, there is  now scientific proof to back up those feelings of yours.
A team of scientists from the University of Vermont and research group MITRE Corporation have found the language of Cervantes to be the happiest-sounding out of a total of ten languages reviewed (English, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, French, Chinese, Russian, Indonesian, Arabic and Spanish).
They took the 10,000 most frequently used words from each language and hired 50 native speakers to rate each word from 1 to 10 on a happiness scale.
Perhaps obviously, words such as ‘laughter’ and ‘love’ received positive ratings in all the languages while ‘terrorist’ received a negative one.
All of the languages scored above the neutral 5 overall, backing up previous research that argued that human language is naturally skewed towards positive sentiment.
English third
However, once all the scores were added, Spanish came up on top, followed by Portuguese and English.
At the low end of the scale were Russian, Korean and Chinese.
The research is part of a larger online project to rate words on their happiness called the hedonometer, currently only available for English.


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