This is amazing.
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I think you all missed the point of this — she IS talking gobbledy-gook because that's what we sound like when talking to foreigners. It's great that she can BS is so many languages though, lol
Not true everywhere. My kids were taught a different language in each grade of elementary school. By the time they entered middle school they were able to choose what language to study, and took it for 3 years of middle school and 4 years of high school. New York state colleges require 4 years of a foreign language for admission.
Eh, I guessed it right she is natively Finnish speaking 🙂 She is very good imitating all kind of accents but must say I didn't get much she was talking in Estonian 😀Also I agree with Silje – don't understand it either what Americans and Australians are doing at schools during language class 😛
@SiljeIt's not because Americans don't want to learn foreign languages. Americans are trying to learn Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic at record numbers, but it's hard to practice those languages with such a huge landmass as America and so many who are trying to learn English.
My husband speaks Farsi, Hebrew, Arabic, and French, but they are all rusty due to primarily speaking English. He speaks all of them with an American accent now too. It's hard to keep languages up without an outlet to use them.
It's not because Americans aren't trying though.
@ SiljeUS is huge large compared to Western Europe. We can travel more than 4500 kilometers in one direction & still be in country. We have 50 states, many of which are bigger than European countries. California alone is bigger than Germany. We don't need another language to talk with fellow citizens when it takes days to drive across the country.
Well, if every U.S. state were a foreign country with its own language like Europe is then sure, we'd be more familiar with a whole lot more languages as we frequently criss-cross the borders. There are many many distinct regional and even highly local dialects that aren't that far apart (someone in Boston will sound very different from a typical New Yorker, who in turns sounds nothing like someone in Philly, etc).
Fun Fact:YLE.fi (Finnish news/TV) had an article a few years ago that said students are learning English so well, they get bored, and schools have to find ways to make it more challenging.
It's weird: Most Finnish people that I see posting online write in perfect English, with almost no errors. But then I have American friends, native English speakers, whose writing looks like this:
"hey zekey did u see that movie I liked it you wan't beleive what the main guy dose you might of figured it out its so funney!11!!!"
Her real language is Finnish. And I don't mean to be rude, but it always surprise me that americans don't speak more languages. Most europeans speak up to four languages. Don't you learn it at school? And again, this is not to be rude, I am just curious.
@crila16i did a little bit of instagram stalking and she's actually Finnish! i honestly would've never guessed.
Wow…talented. I still don't know what her real language is. It's not USA English, because you can tell by the way her lips tighten (a trick i learned in voice and articulation class).
Also…I think what she's done is taken a few words, perfected the accent and presented it…because what she's saying is gobbledygook. Just a bunch of different nonsensical words placed together with a really cool accent.
I wish I spoke just one other language.
I wonder where she got her glasses from . . .
Okay, now that I read what she is actually doing, I realize that she's pretty damned good at it.