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Prisencolinensinainciusol – what does English sound like?

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Adriano Celentano – Prisencolinensinainciusol

In 1972 the Italian singer Adriano Celentano released a song entitled Prisencolinensinainciusol which did something very special.

The lyrics were complete and utter gibberish except they sounded exactly like English does to an audience who don’t speak English.

Celentano deliberately wrote the “words” to sound as if he were singing English except, of course, they meant nothing.

“Ever since I started singing, I was very influenced by American music and everything Americans did,” he said. “So at a certain point, because I like American slang – which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian – I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate. And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn’t mean anything.”

So if you are an English teacher, take time to listen to the song and you will get a good idea of what you sound like to your beginner students who may hear you perfectly well, but understand you not at all.

The video shows Celentano singing on the Raffaella Carrà show in Italy in 1972. Try also listening with your eyes shut so you’re not distracted by the trouser suits; it sounds like it should make sense… but it doesn’t!

NB if the video is blocked in your country, try this link: it’s worth it! Daily Motion

Lyrics

Prisencolinensinainciusol
In de col men seivuan
prisencolinensinainciusol all right

Uis de seim cius nau op de seim
Ol uait men in de colobos dai
Trrr – ciak is e maind beghin de col
Bebi stei ye push yo oh

Uis de seim cius nau op de seim
Ol uoit men in de colobos dai
Not s de seim laikiu de promisdin
Iu nau in trabol lovgiai ciu gen

In do camo not cius no bai for lov so
Op op giast cam lau ue cam lov ai
Oping tu stei laik cius go mo men
Iu bicos tue men cold dobrei goris
Oh sandei

Ai ai smai sesler
Eni els so co uil piso ai
In de col men seivuan
Prisencolinensinainciusol all right

Ai ai smai senflecs
Eni go for doing peso ai
Prisencolinensinainciusol all right

Uel ai sint no ai giv de sint
Laik de cius nobodi oh gud taim lev feis go
Uis de seim et seim cius go no ben
Let de cius end kai for not de gai giast stei

Ai ai smai senflecs
Eni go for doing peso ai
In de col mein seivuan
Prisencolinensinainciusol all right

Lu nei si not sicidor
Ah es la bebi la dai big iour

Ai aismai senflecs
Eni go for doing peso ai
In de col mein seivuan
Prisencolinensinainciusol all right

Lu nei si not sicodor
Ah es la bebi la dai big iour

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