The Sweet (Rockin’) Sound of American English

By Damon Beres

It’s a question I’ve often pondered when hearing foreigners talk in an unfamiliar tongue: What does American English sound like to someone who doesn’t understand the language? Italian singer Adriano Celentano has the answer.

In 1972, Celentano wrote the song “Prisencolinensinainciusol.” Its lyrics are almost complete gibberish, but they’re made to sound like English, so curious American listeners can better imagine what others hear when we converse on their soil.

Play the wacky and infectious video below to hear for yourself:

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