Inglese Italiano

5 Jan

So first of all, peepy peeps, Happy New Year! I hope you all celebrated it in style, and by that I mean without losing your dignity or personal effects. Or, hell, I hope you did lose your dignity just a little bit – isn’t that what the biggest party night of the year is for?

I, for one, had perhaps my most delightful New Year’s Eve yet (although to be completely honest, this is not a hot contest in my life), filled with friends and a concert and gin and spanakopita and joy. Oh, and one remarkably nerdy realization of which I was absurdly proud (that the last time the year had the first half twice the second, as it is in 2010, was in 1809. And the next time will be in 2211, so it happens every 201 years!! Nerdgasm!). I have high hopes for 2010.

ESPECIALLY since 2010 has started with me seeing the following video. Apparently made by an Italian in the 60s to sound like English, it gives a sort of bizarro glimpse into the alternate reality of what it would be like to hear English as a complete non-speaker. Which has always fascinated me, ever since a French friend of mine attempted to mimic what English spoken fluently sounded like to her by making what sounded like a series of loud, nasal ‘nyah nyah nyah’ noises. This video is not nearly that bad – it, in fact, does sound like it could be English, sort of. Which gives you the strange impression that suddenly you’re just not listening hard enough, or that you’ve suddenly lost the ability to speak your own language. It’s a little creepy feeling, but also oddly thrilling – how many times do you get to experience (or mimic the experience of) seeing or hearing something entirely familiar as though it’s the first time?

Anyhoo, watch for yourself, and enjoy!! (And also ponder that Rob Marshall must have seen this video before he staged ‘Cinema Italiano’ in Nine. Don’t you expect Kate Hudson to pop through singing about hip coffee bars at any second?)

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3 Responses to “Inglese Italiano”

  1. JRB January 5, 2010 at 1:15 am #

    1972, to be exact. Vivo Celentano!

  2. Anna January 5, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    Oh my lord, that was completely unintelligible to me. Strange indeed.

  3. jacek January 5, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Who knew English was so catchy and inherently melodic?

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