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What English Sounds Like (if you don't speak English)

DIfferent languages have different phonetic characteristics. I sometimes comment to my students that to a Spanish speaker, English sounds like one's mouth is full of sand or mashed potatoes, or like the grown-ups in those old Charlie Brown specials. Spanish, on the other hand, due to its syllabic nature, probably sounds like a machine gun to somebody who doesn't understand it. Students often think that Spanish speakers speak fast. It's not that they speak any faster than we do when we speak English, it just sounds that way.

In 1972 Italian singer Adriano Celentano wrote a song with a made-up language meant to sound like English. It hardly makes any sense at all (there is an "oil raight" that almost passes for "alright"), but it perfectly captures the tonalities of English.

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Tat Vas Oil Sum!

You can sure find some gems. Thank you for that one.
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