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sounds like english

Fabulous, I just came home to find this video linked on drewweing's blog, an Italian pop video made to sound like they're singing in English, even though it's total gibberish. So have a listen, you can find out what American English sounds like to someone who doesn't speak the language.

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Dec. 19th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
if you go to scotland you'll find the same thing. An entire country of people speaking jibberish and pretending it's english
Dec. 19th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
In French, this is called "chanter en yaourt" ("yoghurt singing").

When rock'n'roll arrived to France in the late 50's-early 60's, it was often sung in that style, by singers who couln't speak english, but wanted to sound "american" (for a public who mostly didn't understand english anyway.
Dec. 20th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, chanter en yaourt, that's a great name! :D

Gosh, I wonder what we'd call if if someone was singing a song and trying to sound French. The only one I can think of, off the top of my head, is that Foux du Fafa song. There must be so many more songs, though.
Dec. 19th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
Wow, we've got a lot more funk than I was lead to believe. Badass.
Dec. 19th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Also! I LOVE that the main guy is a hobo. I'm really hoping that the whole Bob Dylan-y, lovable-and-ever-resourceful-tramp thing proves to be a more time-lasting symbol of America than cowboys. I mean, cowboys? Really...?
Dec. 19th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
adriano celentano hehe. really cool guy
Dec. 19th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Sounds about right.
Dec. 19th, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
This seems to have struck a chord — no pun intended — lots more comments here. I think I might have to follow up the Las Ketchup links...
Dec. 19th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
I used to think Adriano Celentano was Superman, when I was about four... I mean, I truly thought he had super powers and could talk to animals and time-travel. But I'm amazed to see he REALLY WAS THAT COOL! Hooray!!!!

Yeah also... that is exactly what English sounds like when I'm not paying attention! I can switch to hearing it like that when I'm polite and not wanting to overhear a phone conversation for example.
Dec. 19th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
This subtitled version makes things much clearer:
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