How English sounds to a foreigner

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    Dec 04, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    Very interesting video. It's also quite hilarious to pick up and decipher some of the lines they say. I wonder if those who speak English as a foreign language can concur when they didn't know much English years ago?

    http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/what-does-english-sound-like-to-a-foreigner/
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    Dec 04, 2011 6:30 PM GMT
    That was cool.
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    Dec 04, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    Huh... that reminds me of Prisencolinensinainciusol.
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    Dec 04, 2011 6:53 PM GMT
    Actually much as English sounds to me today without my hearing aids, a speech recognition problem. And I already knew some of this in the mid-1960s when I was a shortwave radio listener, and would hear VOA (Voice of America) broadcasts in "Special English" for non-English listeners overseas.

    It taught me a great deal about using simple words of only 1 or 2 syllables, employing few contractions, and speaking at a slower pace with clear pauses between words, pronouncing words very distinctly with full enunciation. I still do that when conversing with someone whose English is limited.
  • commoncoll

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    Dec 04, 2011 6:54 PM GMT
    That is cool! It's like listening to a conversation where you can't quite make out what they are saying.
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    Dec 04, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    At least, "you're a fucking asshole," was loud and clear icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 04, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
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    Dec 04, 2011 10:57 PM GMT
    well at least the beginning sounded a bit like normal English, if you take him as calling her Earzlace as her name.

    "Earzlace, want me to hold on to that?

    Sure.

    I bought you like a thigh, Ron, for insubordination.

    Sounds good.

    Surprised York with a wash today.

    Oh!

    Yeah, that dull Dareem's under phase.

    Can't believe that boy Elton John."
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    Dec 05, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    kuroshiro saidHuh... that reminds me of Prisencolinensinainciusol.