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Postby michaels » Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:50 pm

An Italian musician wrote a song in English that is made up of totally gibberish phrases and designed to demonstrate how English-language songs sound to an Italian:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz04IBZq ... re=related

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Re: hysterical

Postby Dargon » Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:30 pm

I've seen that song before, I found it pretty cool. He does use a lot of common syllables, syllable combinations, and inflections, so I'd imagine English does sound very similar to that to a non-English speaker.

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Re: hysterical

Postby michaels » Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:39 am

There was a time in the late 1960s and early 1970s when I didn't speak English, and the language sounded nothing like that to me, but I'm not Italian.

Incidentally, there's a couple of versions of that song on YouTube, with the same video and audio and different subtitles according to what the poster thought the singers appear to be saying.

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Re: hysterical

Postby Dargon » Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:20 am

Really? I figured based on the commonality of the syllables and inflections, it would be a fairly accurate representation. Now I wonder what it sounds like, though as an English speaker, I probably won't ever know.

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Re: hysterical

Postby Possibility_Girl » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:28 am

It sounds fairly accurate to me, give or take a few moments where the accent sounds a bit dodgy, but then I'm a native English speaker too. I've sent it off to a friend of mine who is a native Romanian speaker, so I'll get her verdict. :-P

It was fun, anyway... thanks for the link!
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Re: hysterical

Postby FalconEagle » Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:43 pm

The sad thing is, I listened to the whole thing.

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Re: hysterical

Postby Possibility_Girl » Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:56 am

For the record, my Romanian friend said it was absolutely spot on.
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Re: hysterical

Postby disparity » Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:09 pm

WOW
I teach English (I am a non-native speaker) and I often use misheard lyrics videos to show my students how sometimes even the native speakers can get things wrong. This is hilarious and is definitely going to my bookmarks folder - I am going to have an experiment in class (Provided I can find a version without subtitles) as soon as possible.... Hope it will be great fun for the students : )
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Re: hysterical

Postby Dargon » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:47 pm

Finding a version sans subtitles isn't difficult. I found this one, devoid of subtitles, with a quick search of the song title:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcUi6UEQh00