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Old 02-06-19, 08:16 AM
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Prisencolinensinainciusol or what American English sounds like to non-English speaker

Just came across this gem; Adriano Celentano - Prisencolinensinainciusol.
Written by an Italian who (at the time) couldn't understand English and just made up a song that sounds like it.

It's similar to how English speakers think Swedish people talk... and most hate it. XD

Enjoy this 70's jam.

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Sounds like the train conductor the other day when I asked a question about the schedule. I'm a native Texan but his accent was hillbilly-redneck thick, a combination of incomprehensible accent and unintelligible words slammed together like mushmouth porridge. It was like Boomhauer on King of the Hill.

I just stared and after a moment all I could say was "I have no idea what you just said."

Fortunately a passenger was able to translate for me.
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In a similar vein, but different:

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I think I found the town that this guy learned his English...........

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I've understood that making it sound like a foreign language while it is not and it means nothing, is a very admired skill among actors. It's probalby even harder if you do speak the language that's imitated.
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I don't think it's ever been exhibited better than here:

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Sometimes the tone explains more than the words.
I could only understand half the lyrics of this song, but understood completely what Lady Soul meant. Should be understood by anyone no matter what their native language.
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I don't think it's ever been exhibited better than here:

This is genius.
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