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Sentrius
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What English sounds like to non-English speakers
YouTube 4 minute short film

For native and fluent english speakers, we can understand a lot of words in this but everything is so out of place that it sounds like gibberish from Sims.

I've often wondered what english sounds like from the point of view of a foreigner who does not understand english.

I've read a lot about how, to foreigners, english is a very difficult language to learn because it's so contradictory and words have multiple meanings used in different contexts.

What a neat little video that drives a point home.


Yewkindewit
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
Interesting indeed! I found the girl to be quite sexy as well.


Sentrius
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
I chuckled at the "Meglaon my shit" line.


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LegendInMyMind
Member since Apr 2019
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
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I've often wondered what english sounds like from the point of view of a foreigner who does not understand english.


Really? You have often wondered that?

It sounds exactly the same as when you hear someone speaking a language you don't know. Go ahead, though, file for a gubment grant to study it.


TheWalrus
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
I can tell what language people are speaking most of the time even if I don’t understand a word. Russian and German are particularly distinctive and I can’t speak either in the slightest.


TigerOnTheMountain
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
Who TF speaks English? I speak American.


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East Coast Band
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
I asked some Japanese guys when I was over there to imitate Americans speaking.
They all went "blah, blah, blah" in a monotone voice.


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Jim Rockford
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HailHailtoMichigan!
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
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english is a very difficult language to learn because it's so contradictory and words have multiple meanings used in different contexts.

It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though


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dbeck
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
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everything is so out of place that it sounds like gibberish from Sims.

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What a neat little video that drives a point home.

Suckswang OP andwith big swallowdong.


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Y.A. Tittle
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
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I can tell what language people are speaking most of the time even if I don’t understand a word. Russian and German are particularly distinctive and I can’t speak either in the slightest.



French seems the most distinctive to me. Dutch sounds like German. There are other Slavic languages that can be hard to distinguish from
Russian. Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese can sound alike. Nothing else sounds like French.


LordSaintly
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
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Nothing else sounds like French.


Catalan


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WestSideTiger
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
American English is no piece of cake cuz to go the whole nine yards you must learn the idioms.


roguetiger15
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
Of course she gets mad at him for no reason


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Kafka
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Twenty 49
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
I once told a bunch of Brits that I wanted to hear their best American impressions. Most did okay, then one really posh guy who wore an ascot and sounded like Prince Charles started talking about like Uncle Jessie from The Dukes of Hazzard. Had me in tears.


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FLTech
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
I always thought that we sounded like them and they sounded like us


Play_Neck
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
this girl's use of a chef knife needs work


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Kafka
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I always thought that we sounded like them and they sounded like us
Image: https://i0.wp.com/real-leaders.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/pogo.jpg?fit=900%2C600&ssl=1


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alpinetiger
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re: What English sounds like to non-English speakers
Italian singer Adriano Celentano released a song in the 70s with nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English, apparently to prove Italians would like any English song.


Adriano Celentano - fake english


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