Reciting is also a form of chanting but without a "singing" or "musical" style. Are you averse to that too?
PS I also used to have a negative opinion of chanting, but now I am used to it.
I'm not averse to singing or to recitation, I was considering the issue theoretically, not personally. To continue a little: The danger is to get distracted by one's singing, to get distracted into singing, i.e. not developing a concentrated mind, but losing a state of shamatha, losing the stillness and clarity of mind.
There is also the meaning of words, or the visualisation that you are supposed to be doing while chanting. One can be chanting with the mind daydreaming at the same time.
Do you chant in chinese, or in an ethnic minority of china language? -or in some other language? There are centres where you chant for The Heart Sutra in european languages. It takes time for that to become natural. Each language has in itself different qualities. I'm not averse to chanting The Hridaya sutra in mandarin chinese, if one's centre is habitually doing that. You can then learn the meaning of its words in time.
The issue is not different from the use of latin in medieval Europe. In buddhism we have chanting in sanskrit and pali, which has continued outside of India for a long time. This means that people in buddhist countries have used other languages than their native tongues, in rituals and ceremonies.