Cultural experts at language learning app Babbel (www.babbel.com)
Everyone has a soft spot for a sexy accent. Whether it be the smooth sound of Spanish that makes you swoon, the posh pronunciation of the Queen’s English or the sharp intonation of Russian, an accent can be a total game-changer when it comes to dating. What is the sexiest accent in the world, though? Babbel commissioned a survey with over 15,000 participants worldwide to find out. It may come as no surprise that one accent came out as universally attractive: français. The only nation which seemed to disagree was France’s neighbours in Spain, who find Italian more alluring. The French themselves agree with the Spanish, falling for l’accento Italiano every time.
The World’s Sexiest Accents Ranked
- Dutch (tied)
- Turkish (tied)
What is the secret sauce to a sexy accent?
Linguistically speaking, academics believe that the sound quality of different languages could be what makes a certain accent more attractive. More musical accents are said to seem familiar and pleasant to the ear and therefore more attractive. This theory may explain why French and Italian top the list of sexiest accents worldwide and why Italian is preferred by Spanish people, with their neighbouring ear to the country. Others, however, theorise that our attitude towards accents comes from our attitudes towards accents may originate from stereotyping. Paris for example is widely considered to be the city of love, making us more prone to finding the French accent sexy. If you have a thing for accents, whether French, Italian or otherwise, it’s likely because the sound feels familiar, or because you have some pre-held notion about people from that country. If your accent hasn’t made the top of the list, don’t worry. The sexiest accent is really just a state of mind, your love will swoon for your own distinct sound.
*“World” in this survey comprises Brazil, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia.