Following up the previous post about music (and concerts), I figured I’d throw up another question I’ve been wondering for many years now. I have already asked this question to several people and have mostly gotten the same answer most of the time. So what is this question then? It goes as follows; What do you think of music in your native language?
This might be a strange question as you likely don’t know any better, but I live in a country with our own small language (Dutch) but we’re heavily influenced by the US and UK and thus English. There is English media everywhere, from companies to music to movies to just about everywhere. You learn it (almost) as soon as you start learning Dutch so it really comes easily to us, you’re kind of forced to at least have a basic understanding of it. Because of this influence, by far most of the music that reaches us is in English.
It even goes as far as when we hear dutch music, we often put it in a subgenre of “Dutch music” if it’s sung in dutch, instead of what kind of music it is. To many of us it is strange to hear music in our own language and often think that English (or other languages) sound a lot better than dutch does. Thus I imagine that it has be weird to listen to music in your own language for native English speakers (the same goes for other languages too of course).
It may be because dutch is not a very good sounding language, or maybe it’s merely because you hear so much dutch already, or a different language just sounds more “exotic”, but we do prefer our music in English. So… is it normal for you to listen to music in your language or is it the same where you live?