A new survey of 6,000 respondents from the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the US has found which European language is considered the most attractive.
The previous poll, which was released in 2017, named French the sexiest language – but that was displaced by this new research.
This year’s survey showed that Italian is now rated as the world’s most attractive language.
According to Babel, to name Italian the most attractive overall, it combined votes for which languages were perceived as ‘most sexy’, ‘most romantic’ and ‘most passionate’ from the international respondents.
When it came to what was considered the ‘most direct’ language, perhaps unsurprisingly, German topped that bill.
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Meanwhile, British English won the accolade of being the ‘most polite’.
The survey also looked at attitudes towards partners speaking different languages.
More than two-thirds (70 per cent) of Brits polled reported that they felt if their romantic partner had a different native language to themselves, learning the language would help foster a stronger emotional connection between them.
However, just over a quarter of Brits (27 per cent) said that hearing ‘I love you’ means more in their native tongue.
Explaining why Italian is considered to attracted by many Noël Wolf at Babbel described how the pitch of the language is a significant factor.
She said: ‘There are certain characteristics of Italian that may contribute to its appeal.
‘The rise and fall of pitch in spoken Italian can create a musical quality, which some people find alluring and attractive.
‘Certain phonetic features, such as the rolling of “r” sounds, can be distinctive in Italian, which to many is regarded as charming or attractive.’
Previous studies looking at accents from other parts of the world have found very different results from those polled.
For example, the 2023 Highlands Titles Study, which polled 1,000 Americans found that Italian only made sixth place on the list.
However, it should be noted that this survey not only had a much smaller sample size, it was also limited to Americans, whereas the latest study included a range of nationalities.
This research discovered that those polled felt that Australian was considered the most attractive in both females and males.
At the bottom of the list was the famous New York vernacular.
The study found after an Australian accent, in terms of attractiveness, was having a Scottish, London, Irish, French, Italian, Welsh and Brummie voice.
Survey respondents were also asked to determine what stereotypes are usually associated with particular accents.
The most boring accents were Canadian, American Mid-Atlantic and New York and the most calming were Canadian, Scottish and Australian.
Those who sound confident may have a Boston, New Zealand or German accent, and the most intelligent accents reign from London, Germany and Birmingham.
The most sophisticated of people are likely to be found in London, Germany or Birmingham, as per the study.
Interestingly, while the Babel poll explained that Italian is seen as the most attractive accent because specific qualities, this survey had a different conclusion.
Australian accents like Hugh Jackman’s (pictured) were deemed the most popular in males and females in 2023’s study of 1,000 Americans
Meanwhile, the respondents said the most intelligent accents come from London – the accent spoken by actor Keira Knightley (pictured)
There are some evolutionary theories that suggests people find foreign accents attractive because they suggest a more exotic gene pool.
But others say it comes down to cultural bias.
So the love of an Aussie accent could come from the association with famous Australian actors like Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman — who have both been named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive on separate occasions — as well as popular actress Margot Robbie.
‘It all has to do with aesthetics,’ Susan Tamasi, a sociolinguist at Emory University, told Your Tango.
‘There is nothing linguistically sound about saying one accent is more pleasing than another.’