Languages can be categorized into different families. Languages in the same family sound somewhat similar to one another. For example: Italian, Spanish and Portuguese belong to the same family, and they sound a little similar. Also Russian, Polish and Ukrainian belongs to the same family, so they sound a little bit the same. <br />
English belongs to the same family of languages as German, Dutch, Danish, etc so English sounds a little like them. But if you know a language you can tell the difference. So, English is much closer to say Danish or German than it is to Russian. <br />
The non-European languages like Arabic, Chinese or Japanese sound VERY different from English.
I have always loved languages :) fascinating to study them - and it knowing another language also makes you understand your own language and culture in a new way!
There are many English languages! British, 'American' (several dialects in the USA), Canadian, Australian etc. They all sound very different
English is the language required to be learned in my country, so I guess English doesn't sound strange or unfamiliar cause we hear it at a young age, I suppose to all the other countries who are non English they are familiar with the language, the only language that is strange for me is Chinese
Honestly it's hard to tell, because we have heard English since we were really young. It's almost like you have to know English and in my country we start to learn English from a age of 6 or 7. <br />
One thing you could do is listen to German and see if you think it's similar in some ways. I think it isn't that similar, but there are a couple of words that are. The grammar is not the same.