Friday, 8 July 2011

Cod English


If I wish to do an impression of a Chinese chap, I will not allow myself to be hampered by the fact that I don't speak a word of Mandarin. I will speak in cod Chinese. Something along the lines of Ah so chu li tah san ho kui.

For Swedish I would say Der flurgen hondsbarp en lursten empart.

For Italian I would use Di questo fina alimento paratorre.

Utterly meaningless, but sounds to my ears like the language in question. So, what does cod English sound like to an Italian?

Luckily, there was an Italian singer in the 1970s who wrote a song entirely in cod English. There is no meaning, and very few actual words scattered in. But it sounds, even to my ears, very like English.

Here it is, as a curio.

10 comments:

  1. Exceedingly clever, but worrying - is this where English Language is doomed to follow?

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  2. This is incredible. Not only the concept but he dance routine as well ;)

    I keep catching almost-words in there. Will we get some background on the term itself later?

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  3. I've heard of pidgin languages before, but not cod ones. Now I'm wondering, is there a difference between pidgin and cod English (Chinese, Swedish, Italian, etc.)?

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  4. This person has engaged in an experiment very much like yours, and I think he did pretty well.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C5EZmyJ9ik

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  5. I always thought the Goons were using cod Chinese in the 'Ying Tong Song' until I came to China. And met a real Mr. Song Ying Tong.
    Had to smother a very large grin when I read his namecard.

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  6. This is vintage Adriano Celentano, who is still going strong on Italian TV 40 years on.

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  7. Yes he does, but his rantings in Italian, Celentano own language, should make sense...
    Gerofono

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  8. Keep on coming back to this one. A great find.

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  9. This one went straight to my ipod. Brilliant! Thanks for alerting us to it.

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  10. Adriano Celentano!

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