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YouTube Video Demonstrates How Foreign Languages Sound to Nonspeakers
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Posted on 03/05/2014 6:16:34 PM PST by Perdogg

Finnish YouTube user might not know how to speak many languages, but she sure sounds like she can.

In a video uploaded on Monday 19-year-old Sara mimics what different dialects sound like to her. As she moves from language to language, she makes absolutely no sense yet sounds as if she speaks it fluently.

For full disclosure, I wouldn't be able to fact-check most of the languages she speaks anyway. It's only when she gets to her American-English impression that her talent is confirmed.

"Yeah, I mean, uh," she starts in her American accent, sounding as if she's a native Californian (no offense California). She then drops some gibberish that sounds like, "Trevor-mis-underpairing-like-monin-fair. Follow me, like a pending friend-tricket. Balone-a-value precise-y. Hello?"

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: finland; finns
The young woman is cute. Finnish is a hard language to learn.
1 posted on 03/05/2014 6:16:34 PM PST by Perdogg
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To: Slings and Arrows; SilvieWaldorfMD; SunkenCiv; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; NFHale; GOPsterinMA

ping


2 posted on 03/05/2014 6:18:09 PM PST by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg
Cow that can speak Arabic...
3 posted on 03/05/2014 6:22:00 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Perdogg

Here Japanese sounded Russian.


4 posted on 03/05/2014 6:23:01 PM PST by DManA
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To: Perdogg
From the Yahoo MC's comment:

"Though the subject of the video is controversial -- many people take offense at their language being re-created or just completely butchered -- it's remarkable what a positive reaction there has been to it, mostly because of the wide range of nationalities she covers."

I'd say the fact that she's extremely attractive may have something to do with it too.

Also, her facial expression after she says the American-style "hello?" reveals that she understands perfectly well what she's saying in that case at least.

5 posted on 03/05/2014 6:25:16 PM PST by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Perdogg
I worked with some Finns once. I don't think I heard a full paragraph from any of them. 6 words in a row was a long speech.

I thought (and still do) that they were somewhat telepathic.

/johnny

6 posted on 03/05/2014 6:28:00 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

You do know how to tell a Finnish extrovert?

He looks at your shoes when talking to you rather than his own.


7 posted on 03/05/2014 6:31:33 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Perdogg

An Argentinian friend once broke into some fake Chinese. The laugh was that it sounds the same to her as it does to this American.


8 posted on 03/05/2014 6:35:09 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: Perdogg
Goats yelling like humans
9 posted on 03/05/2014 6:37:36 PM PST by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: Perdogg

Are we sure that woman is Finnish? She isn’t blonde.


10 posted on 03/05/2014 6:40:51 PM PST by Robwin
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To: Perdogg
She hits the Spanish trilled-R dead on. I have never been able to make that sound.
11 posted on 03/05/2014 6:43:29 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: Perdogg

Hilarious and talented for even coming up with the idea.


12 posted on 03/05/2014 6:50:53 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Robwin

Fins are not Scandinavian - they are closer to Hungarians than they are to Swedes.


13 posted on 03/05/2014 6:51:44 PM PST by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: Sherman Logan
I also worked with Swedes. Some of my Swedish friends tell me that I've never met a Swedish extrovert. If Swedish introverts run naked down the halls after a few gallons of glögg, I'm not sure I want to meet an extrovert. I already have 5 grandkids.

/johnny

14 posted on 03/05/2014 6:56:44 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Perdogg

I wuld like to have herd her go through her repertoire but she only got in a little before the announcer dude cut her off. YAHoO videos are ALL about the advertising. The “content” is just a teaser.


15 posted on 03/05/2014 6:59:31 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Speaking of how languages sound, I’ve watched a number of Swedish movies recently. The me Swedish sounds very much like English, if you don’t pay attention to the words.

Certainly much more so than German, French or Spanish.


16 posted on 03/05/2014 7:03:47 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan
It gets worse with more glögg. The next morning, you have to explain that you are already married, as they hand you back the passenger door to the boss's Lexus.

Swedes can party.

Yes, I have red hair. No, I'm not related to Loki.

/johnny

17 posted on 03/05/2014 7:06:55 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Perdogg

Sid Caesar was an absolute master at this.


18 posted on 03/05/2014 7:21:27 PM PST by Mugwump
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To: Perdogg

Anytime anybody takes an effort to slam a language that resembles a constant need to get rid of some glob in the throat, i.e., any dialect derivative of Arabic or Persian, is worth watching with a cup of coffee.


19 posted on 03/05/2014 8:18:00 PM PST by Terry L Smith
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To: arthurus

The unedited video is at the bottom of the article.


20 posted on 03/05/2014 8:26:16 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Sherman Logan
I’ve watched a number of Swedish movies recently. The me Swedish sounds very much like English, if you don’t pay attention to the words.

I noticed that recently myself, but couldn't get my wife to agree to it.

Also, predictably, my wife who speaks Hindi didn't think the Hindi impression in the video sounded anything like Hindi (I assume because she was listening for actual words which the rest of us weren't).

I thought the Spanish and Portuguese and UK English and East Asian were very good.

21 posted on 03/05/2014 9:04:57 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86

Italian, too.


22 posted on 03/05/2014 9:05:12 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Perdogg

That’s it!

I’m moving to Finland.


23 posted on 03/05/2014 9:28:32 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: DManA

A large percentage of adults from both Russia and japan display asian features. One is lead to presume that the Russian language was likely influenced by Chinese or Japanese dialects. Many Russians have the asian shaped head and high cheekbones.


24 posted on 03/06/2014 12:24:53 AM PST by lee martell
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To: Sherman Logan

Is Liv Ullman still around? If she is, she may be tired of talking about what it was like working under the direction of Ingmar Bergman. I think that really old guy who was in the Seventh Seal is still alive. He had the look of a Prometheus in much of his work. Who knows, the man could have been a total clown off camera.


25 posted on 03/06/2014 12:33:50 AM PST by lee martell
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To: Perdogg

This is funny, and yes, she’s cute - pulls it off nicely.

I like this idea very much, because I’ve often wondered what (American) English “sounds like” to the foreign ear...

For me, I can’t “hear it” as foreign - my understanding of the actual words get in the way.

It’s and interesting thing to me. I would like to “hear it”.


26 posted on 03/06/2014 2:25:11 AM PST by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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Epic. Does she speak the language of love?


27 posted on 03/06/2014 5:05:58 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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One time, years ago, when I was a young lad in me 20’s, I worked at this place where the employer hired folks “right off the boat”.

It was a regular riot of languages - Polish, Laotian, Rumanian, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese. He had ALL of these disparate cultures working there (for minimum wage of course) and it was a hilarious madhouse of broken English and f**ed up pronunciation...

I learned a lot working there, how to speak with foreigners, joking around, learning their views.

That was back in the 80s. Reagan was President.

Almost universally among these LEGAL immigrants was their absolute gratitude and PRIDE at being new Americans. I guess that made it easier for me to talk with them - especially this one particular gentleman from Poland - he’d gotten out right after the GDansk shipyard strike, had been a part of the group that was organizing it, and the security people were looking for him. So he escaped to here.

That’s how HE put it - he “escaped to here”. And he would always say “God BLESS Reagan...God BLESS Reagan!”


28 posted on 03/06/2014 6:32:26 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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And one of the funniest things you’ll EVER here is when two guys from completely countries, with completely different languages, get into an argument with each other in broken “Engrish” and start yelling at each other, complete with the hands waving and gesticulating, each breaking into their native languages alternating with “Engrish” curses and swear words.

The Rumanian guys didn’t get along with the Russians (hate is a mild word in this case), and the Vietnamese and Laotian guys didn’t care much for each other each.

Sometimes, all me and the other native Americans (native as in “born here”) did was laugh all day long watching the interplay with these guys. It was a riot.

Somehow, every one of these foreign folks KNEW what “F*** YOU” meant, though... and pronounced it QUITE well!!! hahah!


29 posted on 03/06/2014 6:48:35 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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“Epic. Does she speak the language of love?”

Does she take credit cards along with cash?

“Somehow, every one of these foreign folks KNEW what “F*** YOU” meant, though... and pronounced it QUITE well!!! hahah!”

You bet; the swear words translate almost universally.


30 posted on 03/06/2014 7:59:20 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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It was hilarious listening to them...
“G*d-DAMN for you!!!”
“NO... Damn for YOU!” You Damn! You No good!!!”
Hey! F** you man, you damn...”
“No - YOU f***! “

And so forth and so on. It was entertaining. Usually started because someone “borrowed” someone elses tools, socket sets, grinders, etc., and didn’t return them.

And of course, WE had wise-guy jokers who would put someone elses stuff on another guy’s work bench and the run away... just to egg it on.

Yeah, I know.. Childish, immature, but funnier than hell.


31 posted on 03/06/2014 8:43:32 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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That's some funny stuff! No doubt it would be considered "offensive" by the standards of most TV shows these days. I'm nowhere near as talented as her when it comes to mimicking the sounds of foreign languages, though I've annoyed my native Spanish speaking and Russian speaking friends by writing fake sentences in their languages, like:

Refórmó Españól es un vastó impróvemeñte óveró regularó españól.

I ДM Д ЯЦSSIДИ GЦУ. DЯIЙК VФDКД!

Some old Italian TV show managed to reproduce the sounds of 60s American pop songs by speaking in gibberish. They got the accent down perfectly, but the only phrase that makes any sense is the refrain "All right!" Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZXcRqFmFa8

32 posted on 03/06/2014 10:43:41 AM PST by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: BillyBoy

That video is hilarious...


33 posted on 03/06/2014 10:48:49 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

F*** is always the first word they learn.

Makes sense, I imagine I would wish to swiftly learn the equivalent if I moved to another country. ;d


34 posted on 03/06/2014 8:19:20 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

It’s extremely funny when they start using that word -in English- in an argument...


35 posted on 03/07/2014 1:29:49 PM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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