I had the pleasure this week to hear the beautiful voice of Dietrich Fischer-Diskau on the radio singing Lieder. Then I heard him sing something of which 90% of the words were, "Ich liebe dich" which he pronounced, "Ish.." When I learnt German at school, we were taught the more gutteral pronunciation which I am afraid I much prefer although it does remind me what a hard-sounding language German is to a non-German ear, especially the language of love. How much more soft and gentle does, "Je t'aime," or "I love you" sound to you? But then, if I were German, "Ich/Ish liebe dich", would be music to my ears. I wouldn't mind finding out how the endearment sounds in all sorts of other languages. It would be interesting to hear which sound rough and which more caressing to the ear. Perhaps though it's all in the eyes and tone of voice and body language rather than the words themselves.