俺么搔瑞,埃坎翁累思鼻科额累偷英格历史

Do you ever wonder what English sounds like to non-English speakers?

Here’s an Italian actor performing a gibberish song that is intended to sound like American English.  This one drove my brain a little bit crazy, trying to parse out the words.

And here’s the Shanghai World Expo’s guide to phonetically spoken English phrases.  Which makes me shudder to think of the times I’ve traveled with only small phrase books to help me out.

5 thoughts on “俺么搔瑞,埃坎翁累思鼻科额累偷英格历史

  1. LMAO, that video is funny, I love it. The small phrase book too. Good catch by the commenter who said that Does anybody speak English, actually said, does anybody speak Chinese:)) We were in China before the Olympics, I think there was a one hundred useful phrases in English book out that everybody was supposed to be studying.

    We saw a sign at the breakfast buffet that said, Ri Krispa Las, and another sign by the game room that said, complete with sprunkit table. I never found out what the sprunkit table was? Perhaps the funniest thing was watching my 83 year old mother asking for the swimming pool by pretending to swim, the kids could not stop laughing.

  2. I have lived in many countries, and never tried becoming proficient in any language other than my native English. This was my way of showing respect to my hosts, since my early attempts to learn French and Japanese turned out awful, and came across a lot like this song, only without the entertainment.
    TOG

  3. I hope so. REALLY that is how it is intended. I am not lazy with languages at all, and speak several dead ones, which offends no one but hoary old scholars, and they need a rise. There is nothing worse than hearing your native tongue flayed. More recently out of necessity though I have had to learn more than a little Dutch, but nothing approaching proficiency. Now that I sometimes speak English, sometimes not, I can see some of its archaisms and weird bones sticking through.
    TOG

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