When American’s want to parody what Chinese sounds like we (offensively) say “Ching chong wing wong.”
When we want to parody Swedish we say “Smorgish, borgish, upsadasee.” (a la Swedish Chef.)
When we want to parody Italian we say “Now dat’s a spicy-a meatball.” (Sorry Italian people, you can blame commercials in the early 90’s for that one.)
So what does American English sound like when aÂ foreignerÂ parodies it? I never gave it much thought until now. But once I found the answer I realized it was a question that was worth asking. Without further ado may I present to you Italian actor/singer Adriano Celentano singing “Prisencolinensinainciusol” a song with jibberish words that sounds like English to a foreigner.
(It’s also quite a catchy tune and who could resist that awesome 70’s style.)
Personally, if you had asked me what American English sounded like to foreigners I might have said something like, “Heeeyy yall,” but I like his version better.