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This Video Explores How The English Language Sounds To Those Who Don't Speak It

This Video Explores How The English Language Sounds To Those Who Don't Speak It

In many cultures worldwide it's both common and normal to speak more than one language. In fact, some people speak a wide variety of languages even. In America, a second language tends to be an afterthought. The most exposure the average individual gets to a second language is typically a class or two in high school and it's usually Spanish they opt for. Of course, there's always people in America who break that mold, learning a language can be fascinating and more people today in "the world's melting pot," are being raised in bilingual homes as well. 

When I was in high school I took three years of French and somewhere in there I went and visited France as a tourist. The way foreign languages are taught in public school is nothing quite how one learns their native tongue naturally. I was raised in an English speaking home, I developed the language over time from being exposed only to English from some decently educated parents. Learning French was more about memorizing key words slowly and eventually learning some grammar and sentence structure. Lots of memorizing, though, so when I went to France it was easy to get confused when people spoke too fast. I wasn't terrible at the language and got by pretty well out of my group of friends when speaking with cab drivers and ordering food but chatting with locals was a whole different ballpark. 

Reflecting back on what it was like to listen to someone speak a language I wasn't raised in I can clearly recall it sounding a lot like gibberish with a few words I definitely recognized and some words I thought I recognized but wasn't sure. I think about that experience today as I watch this video making it's way across the Internet recently and how it makes sense the way it's being presented to English speakers. 

The video was originally created way back in 2011 by London-based filmmaking duo Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston and is titled, "Skwerl." It's been around a few years but recently it's gaining momentum again and going viral. 

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In the video we see an ordinary looking couple sitting down for a meal and conversing. Seems pretty normal and borderline boring, right? Well, that's when they open their mouths and your mind goes, "what the heck is going on here?"

Streams of gibberish pour effortlessly from their mouths and occasionally a single word pops out, present in your mind, making perfect sense. Yet, ultimately, all the gibberish combined with your brain trying to focus and process the words you DO recognize leaves your head spinning and your mind a little blown. 

Watching and listening to the couple converse is confusing because they perfectly have the rhythms, flows, and speech patterns of the language they are speaking but it doesn't make any sense. The actual words are a complete loss. In fact, as a viewer, you are able to follow the conversation through vocal tones and clear emotional connotations behind words and sentences but you can't understand what the actual words being spoken mean

As the video continues to make its way through the Internet community, people are... quite frankly, freaking out. 


So, what did you think?