Video on the theme of Funny/Perplexing

America, in abstraction:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-cAnFbEXY0&feature=related[/youtube]

What English Really Sounds Like:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZXcRqFmFa8[/youtube]

(“…sung entirely in gibberish designed to sound like American English.”)

You know how I feel about kids but:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OlY7MwihXY[/youtube]

4 responses to “Video on the theme of Funny/Perplexing”

  1. J-Man says:

    These are all so fascinating! I had seen the one in the middle before – I love the idea of stepping away from the comprehension of one’s own language and hearing what it sounds like from the outside. (There’s a song that reminds me of that video whose name escapes me, and if I can find it I’ll post a link). I wonder how many of those kids in the third video will end up going to raves (or whatever the kids are doing in 10 years)? Where is the after-party indeed.

  2. FPS says:

    I’m always curious what English sounds like in the way a language you know nothing of sounds a certain way. Also sometimes I ask non-American speakers of English to imitate American English to hear what the features that stick out are. The retroflex “r”, exaggerated as in the upper midwest, is a big one.

  3. swells says:

    I had a roommate from Paris once who barely spoke English, and I tried that exact thing with him. I said “So how French sounds to us, when we don’t understand the words, is like Foi, foi foi FOI, je ne NE, foi foi foi FOI” (I can’t even spell it, because it was all about the inflections). I asked him if he understood what I meant and if he could do how American English sounds to the French, and he immediately did this full-on John Wayne snarl that he filled with nonsense syllables coming out of the side of his mouth. It was also that hardboiled detective nasal vowel sound (as in when you put “,see?” at the end of a sentence). We were really entertaining each other.

    And those kids with the dubstep . . . so good I had to watch it twice.

  4. FPS says:

    Oh yeah, I guess intonation plays a big role I think in the general sound sense we get of an unknown language, like you’re saying about French. I don’t know what English sounds like in those terms. I wish I could have heard your French John Wayne.