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Prisencolinensinainciusol – what does English sound like?

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…

Italian vs English

Italian (= italiano or lingua italiana) is a Romance language spoken by about 60 million people in Italy‏‎, and by another 10 million Italian descendants in the world, particularly in Argentina‏‎, Uruguay, southern Brazil‏‎ and Venezuela where they form a very strong physical and cultural presence.

Italian is also the official language of the small state of San Marino and the Swiss cantons of Grigioni and Ticino. It is…