A river of sound

When you are fluent in a language you know when one word stops and the next one starts.

When you’re learning a new language you don’t. It’s more like a river of sound flowing past your brain with occasional islands of words which you understand.

It’s difficult for people who speak only one language to understand what this is like, and why it’s so difficult for foreigners to comprehend what they’re hearing, but this might help.

It’s Prisencolinensinainciusol a song  by Adriano Celentano, an Italian, who’s singing what English sounds like to him – but it’s not really English, it’s gibberish.

Just between you and me, English is my first language and I find a lot of what passes for songs in a lot of modern music, just as incomprehensible as this one.

The song starts at about 1:40.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: