Ever Wonder What English Sounds Like to Foreigners?

By Jimmy Rogers (@me)
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Well you could ask our French-speaking blog boss, Yan, for his take…but why waste a perfect opportunity to watch a viral video?

This crazy song was written by Adriano Celantano in 1972 to show English-speakers what they sound like to un-comprehending foreigners.  If you kind of zone out and let your mind go, you might actually mistake it for English.  That’s because the song is composed of English phonemes (the sounds that make up our language) that have been jumbled up into jibberish.

How did this video strike you?  Let us know in the comments!

[via Boing Boing]

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14 Responses to Ever Wonder What English Sounds Like to Foreigners?

  1. Better than Mott the Hoople’s rendition of Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light” and more understandable!

  2. That was pretty interesting. I might just have to research this more. I also enjoyed the jazz dancing. I just hope that wasn’t supposed to represent how English speakers walk on a daily basis :)

  3. That was pretty interesting. I might just have to research this more. I also enjoyed the jazz dancing. I just hope that wasn't supposed to represent how English speakers walk on a daily basis :)

  4. I’m an English speaker, and I will attest that that’s how I walk on a daily basis, and I believe everyone should. Regardless of their fluency.

  5. I'm an English speaker, and I will attest that that's how I walk on a daily basis, and I believe everyone should. Regardless of their fluency.