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What English Sounds Like To Non-English Speakers
« on: May 16, 2018, 07:51:27 am »
I came across this little curiosity in a random youtube moment.

I find it fascinating.

As a native English speaker with only a small amount of schoolroom French I am fascinated by this scenario. What do other English & American English folk make to this?

We have quite a few bilingual and multilingual members in the forum. I would be fascinated to know their thoughts on this.





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Re: What English Sounds Like To Non-English Speakers
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2018, 08:41:10 am »
heheh, very cool  8)

I'm bilingual English/Norwegian, and though I now speak Norwegian more fluently than English, I can clearly remember learning Norwegian around the age of 9. The language has a distinct singing sound, but I think most Norwegian speakers are aware of it. We're a small country and constantly interact with people speaking other languages who tell us what we sound like! We also have Scandinavian neighbours (Sweden and Denmark) who speak languages that are intelligible to us, but still sound quite different. Norwegian actually sounds more like Dutch than Danish because of the way words are pronounced.
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Re: What English Sounds Like To Non-English Speakers
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 08:52:58 am »
Hah! I remember seeing this video a little while ago ;D

It is basically how I feel when I visit my parents in France: I can understand a few words here and there, but everything else sounds like they are reciting obscure, random poetry lines.

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Re: What English Sounds Like To Non-English Speakers
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 01:37:51 pm »
I don't get it.  That's what I hear when I listen to German.  I'm sure it's similar for just about everyone.  Heck, that's what its like when I hear someone from Louisiana talking (interesting that the keys had a "Louisiana State University" tag on them in the video).  I was talking with a friend last week who is a native Bavarian.  He says often times he cannot understand half of what someone from Saxony is saying.
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Re: What English Sounds Like To Non-English Speakers
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2018, 01:38:38 pm »
Being born and raised in Belgium, for me, i understand "the queens english", the received pronunciation if you will. Comes from years of watching movies in english and having a great english teacher at school.
But the moment the speaker starts talking in a dialect, let's say cockney or other, i'm lost. (That's when i start hoping for subtitles...  ::) ).

For me the clip is more to what i hear when i hear French. Oh yeah, and West-Vlaams. That really needs a dictionary.  :P

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Re: What English Sounds Like To Non-English Speakers
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2018, 02:31:14 pm »
Sounds all dutch to me.
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Re: What English Sounds Like To Non-English Speakers
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2018, 03:06:58 pm »
When people are talking normally, I can usually make out words if it is a language that I am somewhat familiar with. When they are singing however, I often struggle to understand a single thing, even in my own language ;D

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Re: What English Sounds Like To Non-English Speakers
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2018, 03:34:55 pm »
Sorry was that English ? Boy I'm getting old and I'm sure I won't understand my grandkids in 10 years time and sure as heck didn't catch more than a few words here that was recognizable.

Well after 6 years in Normandie at least my French is improving but my accent is lousy. I reckon I pick up about 15-20% of what's being said these days but my exposure to French conversation is limited. And they do say that as we're on the edge of Brittany the local accent here is hard to follow, even for the natives.

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Re: What English Sounds Like To Non-English Speakers
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2018, 10:33:59 pm »
I think that's how foreign languages sound to everyone, unless they are fluent in the language.
Off course local dialects add a whole new dimension. Being Scottish, and having been exposed to most UK accents, I can understand all but the most extreme accents, but I know plenty English people who struggle with even mild Scottish or Irish accents.

I can manage some basic French and German, but when it comes to trying to understand a conversation, other than the occasional word, they may as well be speaking Klingon.

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Re: What English Sounds Like To Non-English Speakers
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2018, 02:57:38 am »
Interesting Close, interesting. I have often wondered what our domestic animals hear and beyond that what the wild ones hear. I know that some animals have a significant vocabulary. Knowing that animals can often see or sense the energy field around any living being and that includes humans and that some animals have a range of hearing outside the human range I wonder too if they hear and see other things when we speak to them. My precious bats have a language and even dialects (yep some of our scientists have recorded and written papers on this) and the tiny insectiverous microbats echo locate with sounds our human ears can't hear. I've seen sound files of their language recorded.

 

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