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What is the difference in sound between Spanish and Italian?

One day I was with my dad and I asked him to distinguish Korean language from Japanese language, so we listen to both Japanese and Korean songs and I told him to guess which ones were Korean and which ones were Japanese. I was very surprised because he was able to distinguish every of them, so I asked him "how can you do that?" and he answered me "They are very similar language in term of sound for a foreigner, but Japanese language has a lot of ka, ku, ke sounds, so when I don't hear 'em I understand that the song is Korean." Then a question came up to my mind "How can foreigners distinguish Italian from Spanish? I mean what is the particular Spanish/Italian sound that make foreigner understand that the language they are listen to is Italian or Spanish?"

Since I'm Italian I can't notice it, soooo can you answer to my question, please.

P.S.I'm sorry if I made some grammar or any kind of mistake in English, it's not my first language :)

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