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what american english sounds like to foreigners

April 16, 2010

This is hilarious. An Italian parody of a 60s/70s pop song sung entirely in gibberish that is apparently how American English sounds like to non-English speakers. If I were really cruel I’d give this to my students and have them try to work out the lyrics.

You can see the subtitled version below the links, but watch this one first.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2010 12:15 am

    Funny! Giving that to your students would be the height of cruelty. Mine would have heart attacks.

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  2. April 16, 2010 1:10 am

    That is beautiful, brilliant, and hilarious. I love it.

    TRiG.

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  3. Norwichrocks permalink
    April 16, 2010 1:14 am

    Yep, that’s pretty accurate! ;)

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  4. April 16, 2010 7:17 am

    Eyes! :)

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  5. Toybox permalink
    April 16, 2010 8:04 am

    Yep, that’s quite like it.

    For a real life example, I find Led Zeppelin really hard to understand, even when I know the lyrics.

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  6. Jessica permalink
    April 16, 2010 9:43 am

    This is absolutely hilarious!! They have the chewing gum accent down, even if they are not saying anything intelligible.

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  7. April 16, 2010 11:21 am

    great dancing – and I distinctly heard the words, baby, shoes and good time…

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  8. April 16, 2010 9:18 pm

    Eyes!

    All right?

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  9. April 17, 2010 9:56 pm

    pretty damned funny…except I really like the music. Funky and energetic.

    When I lived in Korea, I was amused to discover that the Koreans made fun of the sounds of Chinese, Japanese, and yes, English. We all do it…one of those great unifying activities. But this video rocks (even with the creepy teacher).

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    • April 19, 2010 1:47 pm

      I love the music! And the moves. It’s a very fun video.

      I was also thinking about how hard it must be to memorize a nonsense song, even if you know the language. Imagine doing it phonetically!

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