For example, if somebody sitting next to me hummed or sang a song and I want to tell him that his song is dulcet, in a polite but informal manner (or even slang). How can I express that?

Should I just simply say "it sounds good" or "it sounds nice"? Or there are some better ways to say it?


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    What is your purpose for saying it? – Jim Nov 3 '18 at 17:18
  • Hi, it is just an example. I want to know how to say "dulcet" in an informal/verbal way. – H42 Nov 4 '18 at 20:52
  • The word "dulcet" is often paired with "tones" e.g. "the dulcet tones of your favourite easy listening tunes" – samgak Nov 4 '18 at 21:01
  • Also, 'dulcet' is relatively rare. It's not naturally used even in formal speech or writing. It's a bit of a cliche for purple prose or poetry. – Mitch Nov 4 '18 at 21:28
  • What are you asking for that's not provide simply by the dictionary definition of "dulcet"? – Mark Beadles Dec 5 '18 at 0:36

For slang do not use "sweet" safest bet is

That's a nice melody.

Just be sure there is no partner the other side who may be called Melody.

Alternatively as long as they are not South African you could say

That's a nice tuuunnee

In fact why not just simply say

That's a nice song.

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    “Melodic ditty” does not sound like something a native speaker of English would be likely to say, and it’s certainly not slang (quite the opposite – it would be considered rather high in register). – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 5 '18 at 0:23

You can use "sweet."

What a sweet song!

That sounds so sweet.

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  • Are you commenting on the song or the singing? – Jim Nov 4 '18 at 21:03

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