Canox wrote: Russian is the most vivid and lively tongue I know.
mmm, then i don't know what word to use to describe it.
i can't remember the name or author of the study i read on it, otherwise i'd scrounge it up, but i believe the basis of it was something along the lines of flow. some languages are very fluid, others aren't. german, russian, english, etc. fell into the end of the spectrum that had the least flow, which i think is all i'm getting at with russian. hence the dryness.
i'm not talking dry as in "can't use a ton of adjectives to describe things" or "can't put a ton of emphasis and passion into it", but that the language itself literally doesn't roll off the tongue terribly well. it's clunky; the sounds jibe with one another. i expect to be disagreed with, but i'm going to stand by what i say. maybe russian doesn't translate well, because it's just not a terribly pretty language to begin with.
sure, they have colloquials and idioms, but it's - unless we delude ourselves - rare to hear anyone say they think it sounds beautiful when spoken.
god knows, people, i like arthur c. clarke. i don't tend to care much that my reading be packed cover-to-cover with mind-blowing prose.