The Uncanny Valley

Notes on art, culture and preservation

Nonsense English

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Hat tip to Betsy Von Awesome:

Now I think I know the answer to this question: how does English sound in the ears of a non-native speaker? At last I can sleep in peace…

I love what I know of Italian culture, but I hadn’t heard of Adriano Celentano until the other day. Called “a sort of Italian Jim Carrey, a comic actor with a knack for the physical and goofy” by one prominent U.S. critic, Celentano came out with this number in the early 70s. (Do read SFJ for more background.)

As far as the sound of English divorced from meaning goes, this is pure brilliance. This clip looks like a mash-up of two different renditions (with a great dance set in b/w). And the title still looks pretty Italian; in English, we might render it “Pre-sin callin’ ends-in-nine chew-sole” to make it look more natural, although no less ridiculous. But Celentano nailed the American R&B drawl pretty damn well. As an Anglophile, it makes you wonder what the world is thinking when it hears your language everywhere in the movies and on the radio.

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Written by cwmote

January 4, 2010 at 11:58 pm

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  1. you have to admit, it’s interesting. you should check out the English subtitled versions.

    betsyvonawesome

    January 5, 2010 at 7:21 am


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