A Wish for the English Language

Have you ever thought about what language is?  It’s really just a bunch of different sounds put together that form some sort of meaning to two speakers of the same set of sounds. Infants with who develop around speakers of different languages have different babbles and woos and waaaahs.  Pretty amazing that from abstract sounds we come to share meaning with each other.

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Sounds of English to Non-Speakers

I’ve always wondered what English sounds like to someone who doesn’t speak English.  Language, after all, is just a collection of organized sounds…so what sounds stick out most from English?

Compared to Spanish, American English is a much more nasal and flat language.  Several people in Barcelona have already told me that they understand British English much better because [a] it is less nasal and [b] British English is what is taught in Spanish schools.

I found two youtube videos that interestingly present how American English appears.

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