What English sounds like to foreigners.

Back in 1972, Italian singer Adriano Celentano wrote a song in a totally made-up language that was supposed to sound like the English language. Having totally no meaning, the song was done in a Western sort-of hiphop/rap style (in fact, it’s been labelled by some as “proto hip-hop”). The result, “Prisencolinensinainciusol”, is really quite interesting.

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The song is really well-constructed. Celentano’s made-up language really followed the phonological rules of the English language closely and, despite the fact that none of the words were real (except for “alright!”), the song really does sound a whole lot like English. Plus, the intonation, inflections and pitching were all spot-on. Fantastic.

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