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Romance languages, the true languages of romance?

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So, which do you consider to be the most romantic languages? Whichever language comes to mind, why is it the most romantic? Is it the way it sounds or are there some other qualifying factors that justify your choice?

There is consistent debate as to which language is the most romantic and naturally each person may defend their native tongue as the one to beat, however there seems to be a consensus in most articles on the topic that a select few are the top picks for romance.

Unsurprisingly the few that are regularly selected as the top languages in which to whisper sweet nothings are actually Romance Languages. French, Italian and Spanish are consistently listed in the top three. The term “Romance” may be considered deceiving here though:

– The non-capitalised version “romance” can be a noun -meaning a feeling associated with love- or a verb -meaning “to woo” or “to court”, a rather old-fashioned notion these days.

– The term Romance with a capital ‘R’ is derived from the adverb ‘romanice’ in Vulgar Latin. This is derived from the term Romanicus: for example, in the expression romanice loqui, “to speak in Roman”. From this adverb the noun Romance originated, which was applied initially to anything written ‘romanice’, or “in the Roman vernacular”.

It is true that the word romance with the modern sense of romance novels and so forth has the same origin. In the medieval literature of Western Europe popular tales, of love, were composed in the vernacular rather than Latin and came to be called “romances”.

There are many Romance languages aside from the four mentioned above, but what is it that makes them so attractive as the languages of love for so many people? The intonation alone could be reason enough. However, it is almost certainly a combination of this with other factors such as the culture, the beauty of the cities from which the languages originate and the way they are intertwined with so much history.

In a CNN article about the ‘World’s 12 sexiest accents’, Italian and French take first and second place, however there is a lovely mix in the line-up, including Thai, Czech, Irish and even Oxford English!

So, intonation and the flow of a language definitely seems to be the main factor but as with anything, it is a case of everyone to their own.
There must be something about the Romance languages in particular that people find appealing though, what is it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below!

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Sharon Stephens is Operations Director of Lingua Translation. With a First Class Honours Degree in Translation and a University Lecturer in Translation (Masters), she is a self confessed language geek! Bringing the academic principles of translation and business together Sharon offers a quality-driven and needs centric translation and interpreting service - like no other.

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