No es por presumir (I don’t mean to show off), but I’ve heard many times that everything sounds sexier in Spanish… ¿Y quién soy yo para desmentirlo? (And who am I to deny that?)
But have you ever wondered why that is the case? In this article, I’ll give you 4 possible explanations!
This piece is just for fun. No one can scientifically prove that one language sounds better than another and in the end, it will come down to personal preferences.
1. The Sound of the Language
Spanish is una lengua romance (a Romance language) and many people associate the cadence of Spanish with something passionate.
It is no secret that Latins are famous for being… let’s say, temperamental, but Spanish does sound better in part because of the tongue’s unique movements in your mouth as you speak.
Spanish has softer consonants and longer vowels than Germanic languages (like German and English) and Slavic languages (like Russian and Polish). This helps speakers make their words flow together more easily.
Déjame hacerte una pregunta (let me ask you a question): would you rather hear “I’m hungry” from your girlfriend or “Tengo hambre”?
¡Todo suena mejor en español! (Everything sounds better in Spanish!)
I know we’re talking about sexy accents, but I want to draw your attention to that sentence again: “tengo hambre”.
If you’re learning Spanish and if you want to say “I am hungry”, you’d try to translate that word-for-word from English: Yo… estoy… etc… But native speakers say “tengo hambre”, which literally means “I have hunger”!
The only way to know that native speakers say it like that is because you just heard me say it! (Don’t forget to watch the video!)
Tengo hambre is a perfect example of a “Spanish chunk”, that is, a word combination that native speakers use and that you should just learn by heart because the word-for-word translation from English is wrong.
If you memorize chunks like “tengo hambre”, you’ll STOP translating in your head and fluent Spanish sentences will roll off the tongue because you won’t be thinking about grammar anymore!
If you’d like to learn more about this Chunking method, check out the free Spanish Chunking Training we have on our website.
Anyway, back to sexy accents!
2. Cultural Stereotypes
Latin and Spanish speakers have always been glamorized in popular culture, like music and movies… ¿o quién no ha escuchado de las telenovelas mexicanas? (or who hasn’t heard about Mexicans soap operas?)
The image of the “macho” latino or the “Don Juan”—some kind of Hispanic Casanova—is present in almost every story. Same with voluptuous women! I mean, ¿has visto a JLo? (have you seen JLo?) She’s fuego (fire)!
Not only physically, but also because of passion and emotion, Latins are famous for, and contribute to, this phenomenon. If you want to know more about it, why don’t you take a look at Maria Fernanda’s article, where she talks about dating Latinos.
- Las telenovelas están llenas de drama y pasión (Soap operas are full of drama and passion).
- Las mujeres latinas son famosas por su belleza (Latin women are famous for their beauty).
3. Many accents to choose from
This is where personal preferences come into play!
El español es hablado por 400 millones de personas (Spanish is spoken by 400 million people), and just like in English, there are many different accents. —Of course, the Mexican accent is the best, but some people might consider the Venezuelan or the Cuban accents are sexier.
Since Spanish also requires verb conjugations, it’s easier to create rhymes in Spanish, which makes it an ideal language for poetry and music.
As a descendant of Latin, Spanish also builds upon a long heritage of music, poetry, art, and culture that contribute to its overall romantic reputation.
4. Bilingual is SEXY
I know, I know! I might sound like a nerd, pero es verdad (but it’s true), and at least for me, smart is sexy!
Somebody who can speak more than one language might be considered attractive, and I think that speaking any other language with an accent can be cute and sexy.
So, not only Spanish sounds sexier, but speaking English with a Latin accent is also regarded as sexy.
- Cualquier idioma hablado con acento puede ser sexy (Any language spoken with an accent can be sexy)
- Inteligente es el nuevo sexy (Smart is the new sexy)
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¡Muy bien! Ahora dime: ¿tú por qué piensas que el español es sexy? (Now tell me, why do you think Spanish is sexy?) ¿Me faltó algo? (Am I missing something?) Or maybe you disagree? Let me know in the comments!
And if you’re ready to sound sexy speaking Spanish yourself, we have a free, more in-depth Spanish chunking training on our website where you’ll discover how we teach students to speak fluent Spanish through learning chunks without memorizing grammar rules. You also get some free sample Spanish lessons that come straight from our Academy!