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What English Sounds Like To Non-English Speakers
PostPosted: Sat 22 May, 2010  Reply with quote

I recently stumbled upon this very interesting video on youtube. Link.

It's an old Italian comedy sketch, in which they poke fun at the American-English accent.

The crazy thing is that it is from the early 70's, it sounds very modern in my opinion. It's easily one of my favorite videos I've seen.



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PostPosted: Sat 22 May, 2010  Reply with quote

English always sounded a bit like barking to me!

I like the language, though. smile


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PostPosted: Sat 22 May, 2010  Reply with quote

Priesencolineinsiniencusol (spelling?) has always been a favorite to me.

OLL RITE! Such a cool song.


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PostPosted: Sat 22 May, 2010  Reply with quote

"Sorry, teacher" "Yes, what is it?" "Why did you write a song with strange words that don't mean anything?"
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Gotta love Celentano ^^ And yes, this video is completely true, at least for Italians lach1. If I wasn't paying attention to the words, I could easily think it was English. Some singers mangle their words even beyond this level, so it's comprehensible



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PostPosted: Sat 22 May, 2010  Reply with quote

It's so addictive. You think you're so close to understanding it, but it's 100% gibberish. The song's catchy too, there's a certain "oddness" about it.


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PostPosted: Sat 22 May, 2010  Reply with quote

that's creepy. even as a native English speaker, it sounds flawless. i keep trying to understand what they're saying, even knowing it's gibberish.

what does the girl say at the beginning?


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PostPosted: Sat 22 May, 2010  Reply with quote

I could be wrong but I think foxyChor translated the intro.


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PostPosted: Sat 22 May, 2010  Reply with quote

OH.

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PostPosted: Sat 22 May, 2010  Reply with quote

working class hero wrote:
It's so addictive. You think you're so close to understanding it, but it's 100% gibberish. The song's catchy too, there's a certain "oddness" about it.


i under stand it perfectly.

chin a coal mine stare on priesencolineinsinincusal: OLL RITE!

what's not to get?


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PostPosted: Sat 22 May, 2010  Reply with quote

working class hero wrote:
I could be wrong but I think foxyChor translated the intro.

yes

Also, it's only 98% gibberish, he gets the OLL RAIGHT right!



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PostPosted: Sat 22 May, 2010  Reply with quote

Win Laik Pya wrote:

i under stand it perfectly.

chin a coal mine stare on priesencolineinsinincusal: OLL RITE!

what's not to get?


Yes of course, it makes so much sense now! neutral



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PostPosted: Sat 22 May, 2010  Reply with quote

It has its own (English) wiki page.

Wikipedia wrote:
In an interview, Celentano explains that the song is about "incommunicability" because in modern times people are not able to communicate to each other anymore. He added the only word we need is prisencolinensinainciusol, which is supposed to stand for "universal love."

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PostPosted: Sat 22 May, 2010  Reply with quote

it sounds more like german than english to me i am not seeing that it seems english

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PostPosted: Sun 23 May, 2010  Reply with quote

the music video part of it is brilliant. i love the black & white and the mirrors.

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PostPosted: Sun 23 May, 2010  Reply with quote

foxyChor wrote:
It has its own (English) wiki page.


Wow, that's cool. :D

littlenemo wrote:
the music video part of it is brilliant. i love the black & white and the mirrors.


I agree, where's the creativity and originality in today's music industry?! In the past, singers/musicians were one of a kind. Now, anybody can be made into a fabricated star, that is to be worshipped by the masses (Lady Gaga).


OLL RAIGHT!



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