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What English sounds like to Europeans.

-- we've done Sid Caesar's version before, and people asked about the reverse, so here you go.
posted by empath (28 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: posted previously. -- jessamyn



 
Pretty sure this is a double.
posted by brundlefly at 2:44 PM on December 16, 2009


I thought it might be, but I couldn't find it.
posted by empath at 2:44 PM on December 16, 2009


That is, the same video. Different link.
posted by brundlefly at 2:44 PM on December 16, 2009


Interestingly enough, AskMeFi has touched on this topic quite a few times. Many, even. Maybe that's why this seems so familiar?
posted by SpringAquifer at 2:46 PM on December 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


Shades of Rudd
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:46 PM on December 16, 2009


It pretty much DOES sound like that, but with fewer gyrating hips.
posted by mudpuppie at 2:47 PM on December 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Nope this has definitely made the rounds before. But it's a good one, a modern day Jabberwocky.
posted by bizwiz2 at 2:48 PM on December 16, 2009


It wasn't framed with the "English as heard by Europeans" thing... more of a, "HOLY COW, LOOK AT THE BATSHIT INSANE VIDEO" thing.

(It's still awesome, btw.)
posted by brundlefly at 2:48 PM on December 16, 2009 [3 favorites]


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posted by twoleftfeet at 2:50 PM on December 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


yeah, it's a double, Ol Raight.
posted by potch at 2:50 PM on December 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


Thank you, potch! Actually, I was trying to describe this to someone the other day and failing miserably. I couldn't remember what it was called. So... I guess thanks for the double, empath!
posted by brundlefly at 2:52 PM on December 16, 2009


I'd think one thing english must sound like is a lot of R's and glottal stops.

That was some amazing dancing- very cool. I liked the song too. It was like if Bob Geldolf did Jerome Robbins.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 2:54 PM on December 16, 2009


Wow, we do sound like that.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 2:55 PM on December 16, 2009


Since this is getting closed down, I unleash Ken Lee!

I loved the FPP though. That's a cool song!
posted by Admiral Haddock at 2:55 PM on December 16, 2009


At certain points, he sounds a bit Dutch as well.
posted by flippant at 2:55 PM on December 16, 2009




Alright! I can't WAIT to hear what American sounds like to Europeans, too!
posted by shmegegge at 2:56 PM on December 16, 2009


He pretty much nailed it. If you can get the vowel sounds of American English down, any gibberish you sing will sound like passable English. I like the impersonations different cultures will make of English. In Iceland, there was a comedy troupe that used to imitate American English through a character known as "the foreigner" who would say "Rassa frackin bracka FRASSA rackin" and so forth. Also, there's a part in the anime series Azumanga Daioh where two women are approached by a foreigner. The one woman is nervous, but the other says, "Don't worry; I speak English" and then starts a conversation with the foreigner consisting entirely of "Pira pira pira PIIIRA pira, pira pira pira".
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 2:57 PM on December 16, 2009


As I found in relation to the prior thread, the song is about "incommunicability" because in modern times people are not able to communicate to each other anymore, and "prisencolinensinainciusol" is supposed to stand for "universal love."
posted by filthy light thief at 2:57 PM on December 16, 2009


Oh Azumanga Daioh, you are fantastic.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:58 PM on December 16, 2009


What English sounds like to Europeans.

I dunno, it sounds pretty normal to this European. I mean, most other languages sound like gibber, but English sorta makes sense. I don't know why that might be...
posted by Sova at 3:01 PM on December 16, 2009 [1 favorite]






Still a double way down here.
posted by GuyZero at 3:03 PM on December 16, 2009


What European languages sound like to English speakers, lol, amirite?
posted by fixedgear at 3:18 PM on December 16, 2009




Wish this wasn't a double!

Also, for the purpose of comparison. From Wikipedia: "The song has gained popularity on the Internet because of its nonsense lyrics (which despite sounding vaguely English, are nothing but gibberish....)"
posted by evidenceofabsence at 3:20 PM on December 16, 2009


Alternate title: What Bob Dylan sounds like to everyone.
posted by Ratio at 3:26 PM on December 16, 2009 [8 favorites]


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