Skip to comments.YouTube Video Demonstrates How Foreign Languages Sound to Nonspeakers
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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Here Japanese sounded Russian.
"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.
I thought (and still do) that they were somewhat telepathic.
You do know how to tell a Finnish extrovert?
He looks at your shoes when talking to you rather than his own.
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.
Are we sure that woman is Finnish? She isn’t blonde.
Hilarious and talented for even coming up with the idea.
Fins are not Scandinavian - they are closer to Hungarians than they are to Swedes.
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.
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.
Swedes can party.
Yes, I have red hair. No, I'm not related to Loki.
Sid Caesar was an absolute master at this.
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.
The unedited video is at the bottom of the article.
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.
I’m moving to Finland.
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.
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.
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”.
Epic. Does she speak the language of love?
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!”
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!
“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.
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.
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:
That video is hilarious...
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
It’s extremely funny when they start using that word -in English- in an argument...
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