My latest addiction: Prisencolinensinainciusol


twistedlegato

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That was pretty awesome :D

It seems like it's just foreign people trying to talk/sing like "americans do".
 

iShater

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OMG!!!

That is awesome.

Growing up this is exactly what I thought American English sounded like. Heck, that is how I "spoke" it.

This is a gem! :D
 

Knowlege Bomb

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Growing up this is exactly what I thought American English sounded like. Heck, that is how I "spoke" it.
From what I've read that was the goal of the song. I've always kind of wondered how we sound to foreigners, the same way I wonder what my accent sounds like to somebody who grew up somewhere else.
 

iShater

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From what I've read that was the goal of the song. I've always kind of wondered how we sound to foreigners, the same way I wonder what my accent sounds like to somebody who grew up somewhere else.
This song is how I speak German, French and Russian today. :p

Anybody found a way to make this video into an mp3? I'm not having much luck with ffmpeg or iTube. :(
 

GoCubsGo

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That's pretty interesting, it made me laugh ... should I be laughing at that?
 

iShater

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It's not a free program, but WireTap Studio will turn anything with audio on your computer into a music file. It's a really cool program if you need this kind of thing on a regular basis.
I should check if they have a trial, as I don't need this that often. :eek:

That's pretty interesting, it made me laugh ... should I be laughing at that?
Oh yes you should be.

I am watching it again on my iPhone right now. :p

This has been playing in my head since the first time I saw it yesterday. :eek:
 

Rt&Dzine

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That's cool! I didn't get it at first because I often mishear song lyrics anyway.
 

andalusia

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It's not a free program, but WireTap Studio will turn anything with audio on your computer into a music file. It's a really cool program if you need this kind of thing on a regular basis.
Audio Hijack Pro is a similar program which I went to from Wiretap... It actually lets you record just from certain programs, so if you choose Firefox and click record, and you have a system alert in the Finder, it won't pick it up.
 

mscriv

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^^^ that sounds cool. I've had to scrap recordings in the past due to the occasional system sound since WireTap records everything coming through your sound card.
 

iShater

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I shall give both a run tonight. I NEED to have this song.

iTunes Store has some lame version of it, booooooooo.
 

Tilpots

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That's what my 1 year old hears when I talk! I think I had the same look on my face during the song that she gives to me when I ask her if she wants to put her shoes on. Funny.
 

Disc Golfer

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That was very annoying. I couldn't make it all the way through. I also don't like the sound of singing in actual English, hrm. :(
 

mscriv

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Okay, I finally got home and was able to watch the video. It's very catch, but in all honesty I don't get it. Why would English sound any more like gibberish to someone who doesn't speak it than any other language would sound to someone who doesn't speak it. I'm not fluent in any other language than English and when I hear Italian, Spanish, Chinese, etc. etc. it all sounds like gibberish to me. Am I missing something?
 

RawBert

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I shall give both a run tonight. I NEED to have this song.

iTunes Store has some lame version of it, booooooooo.

I was able to download it with Acqlite (awesome p2p, btw). You can get it that way, or just pm me and I'll email it, since it's not available thru iTunes.:apple:
 

notjustjay

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Canada, eh?
Okay, I finally got home and was able to watch the video. It's very catch, but in all honesty I don't get it. Why would English sound any more like gibberish to someone who doesn't speak it than any other language would sound to someone who doesn't speak it. I'm not fluent in any other language than English and when I hear Italian, Spanish, Chinese, etc. etc. it all sounds like gibberish to me. Am I missing something?
Well, I don't speak French, Spanish, or German, for example. But I can pick out that someone is speaking French, Spanish, or German, based on the sounds. I have no idea what they are saying, but I can tell they are speaking, say, German. So it might come as a great shock to me (or not?) to discover that they are in fact NOT speaking German, but are speaking gibberish, just cleverly designed to sound like German.

This would be the same thing, but to non-English speakers. They would hear the song and say "Oh yes, that must be English". But to you and I, who do speak English, we can tell it's nonsense.
 

mscriv

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Notjustsay, I see your point, but was that the purpose of the song? Obviously, I'm ignorant as to the artist's intent? HA, got ya, it's not really English. I guess the humor is just lost on me. It's still catchy as all get out though.
 

Knowlege Bomb

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Notjustsay, I see your point, but was that the purpose of the song? Obviously, I'm ignorant as to the artist's intent? HA, got ya, it's not really English. I guess the humor is just lost on me. It's still catchy as all get out though.
"In an interview, Celentano explains that the song is about "incommunicability" because in modern times people are not able to communicate to each other anymore. He added the only word we need is prisencolinensinainciusol, which is supposed to stand for "universal love."

The discussion of this meaning to show English speakers how English would sound to someone who doesn't speak it originated from comments on the various sites it's posted.
 

Lord Blackadder

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This would be the same thing, but to non-English speakers. They would hear the song and say "Oh yes, that must be English". But to you and I, who do speak English, we can tell it's nonsense.
Not sure what this guy was smoking when he came up with this, but very creative! :D