I've always preferred languages like Spanish, German, Japanese, with pronunciations that you can easily predict (yeah, German has a few irregularities, but they're not that numerous, the only major examples I can think of are a handful loan words from French). I've never been able to make any progress with French or Russian, because you can't determine how a word is pronounced purely based off of how its spelled (unless you maybe you have a Russian book that indicates where the stress falls on every word).
I have been thinking about taking a jab at one of the Scandinavian languages, but their irregular spelling deters me. Also, I personally can't really 'hear' the language (Danish literally just sounds like gargling noises to me, even though I can recognize a large chunk of the language in writing thanks to my being an intermediate in German).
How does one go about this? I've never been able to figure it out.