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Thread: If you ever wondered how English sounds like to Non English Speakers, listen to this

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    If you ever wondered how English sounds like to Non English Speakers, listen to this

    Faux English, An Italian singing gibberish meant to sound like English

    sounds like american english

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    If that's true, it's stupid.
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    Well, that's 2 minutes of my life I'll never get back again.

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    It is true, all non english speakers would mistakenly think that the italian guy singing gibberish is singing in English.
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    It's called "assume" in English. You know what they say about assuming...
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    when your coloured boss died

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    I know the word assume, assume is a latinate word, asumir in spanish. But what do they say about assuming?
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    "When you assume, you take a grave risk that you may be incorrect and that may paint all in attendance in a poor light"

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    Assume. Makes an ass out of u and me.
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    Wow, that's dumb. My version is better.

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    No, you assume that it's better.
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    At 1:20, he messes up... his Italian-ness comes out. Notice how he pronounces syllables right there.
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    What the hell? Was this a hit or something?

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    Yes. He has way less energy now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowwHand View Post
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    Assume. Makes an ass out of u and me.
    Not me. Just you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnabas View Post
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    Faux English, An Italian singing gibberish meant to sound like English

    sounds like american english

    I'm not going to use up my limited bandwidth watching that, but I'm sure Charlie Chaplin's preemptive "retort" in Modern Times was funnier. You can probably find that on youtube as well, I think it's the one time he sang onscreen.

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    take this Italians

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    Despair Italians! Despair!



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    With effort, I can actually force my brain not to find meaning in the words I hear. Then I hear English the way non-native speakers do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnabas View Post
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    It is true, all non english speakers would mistakenly think that the italian guy singing gibberish is singing in English.
    He sounded pretty good at it, actually.

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    I agree with Lori and Kuci. I found that my brain was attempting to parse the non-words. It was...disturbing. But cool. But also disturbing.

    I encountered this a few years ago, and looked further into it. The guy was an Italian pop icon who was a big fan of American music (especially Elvis), but was unhappy that many Italians were following American music without bothering to understand what was actually being sung, instead listening to it because it was fashionable to do so.

    He made up this faux-english song to tweak them, and much to his chagrin it became a smash hit.
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    Was watching TV and was reminded of this thread...

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