What If English Were Phonetically Consistent?

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Josh : We got bananies and avocadies

Tamuril Goldleaf : My slow ass didn't realize it wasn't a strong accent until like halfway through

CobaltLobo : he just ended up sounding like a drunk Frenchman lol

ACK 25 : It sounds like a german accent

PizzaHut Honoka : Ye Olde English spoken by a native Afrikaans speaker who grew up in France with an Irish accent.

Do;jk sesdfjibjs figduhv bfd bj dgsiub ndfunijfol : oh that’s how you speak french

Morgan Animations : So _that's_ how runforthecube learned English.

Just your average BTS stannie : *Toe bee or not toe bee thot, ees the kwistayun*

okarm : BLOOPERS! Give us bloopers!

Nellwyn EXOL : This is the best YouTube recommendation I ever had lmao thanks for this video. The end was super funny.

B Jonesy : Congratulations dude you made English sound like an entirely different language

westmkk1 : Now I can pretend I'm bilingual

Wario Number One : It kinda sounds like a french accent. And it makes sense if you think about it, because french is a very phonetically consistent language. I've always said that french is easier orally, with very difficult grammar and writing, while english is easier written, with very difficult pronunciation for a learner. French has rules for pronunciation, while English doesn't. It's the reason why you always see English-speaking people arguing about, for example, how to pronounce Pokémon names, while in a language like French they only have one possible pronunciation. It is also the reason why I believe many native English speakers have troubles with simple mistakes like your and you're, their and they're, etc, while most people I've met who aren't native speakers don't seem to have these troubles. Native speakers learned the language orally, and did so before they could read. Non-native speakers mostly learned written English and grammar first

Mrinalika Sharma : Hats off to the guy who was able to speak like that for so long

Awkward : Sounds like a whole different language. Wow

Emmanuel Lakou : 2:35 Conjuring Shakespeare from the dead. lol

EpicsodeOne : This guy has some serious serious concentration skills 👌👌

Taracinablue : This must have taken so many takes! Amazing. At first, it just sounded like an accent, then a reeaaallly thick accent, then I could only follow along by reading. I saw another version of this a couple months ago--someone trained read "The Lord's Prayer" in Middle English and then Old English. It's amazing to think that English really did start off with every letter pronounced; it was Germanic and gutteral, and eventually the sounds "devolved" into easier to pronounce, but the spelling remained. Languages are so interesting.

UsernameIsAlreadyTaken : Rather than a phonetically consistent English I would have accents (like é) and other decorations for the different sounds of vowels and I would have the groups of letters with a given sound substituted with a new letter (like a letter for the unvoiced 'th' and the same letter with an accent for the voiced 'th'), while substituting groups of letters with a sound associated with an already existing letter with that letter (for example, instead of tough we would have 'tof', instead of knife we would have 'nif')

Julia Wildflower : It's really interesting how the passage from Shakespeare was much easier on the ears with these pronunciations than the modern English in the rest of the video.

Timothy Morris : Hahaha, omg, thank you so much for this. I needed a good laugh and this really hit the spot. Bravo and thanks again.

TheSupremeus : Nothing surprising in English sounding like German at the end, because they are from the same West Germanic family.

Sabina Rojas-Franco : This made me laugh so much

Jenna Antonelli : Its funny I didnt realize how varied our vowels can be in pronunciation until I started learning Korean earlier this year. You have to be very precise with your pronunciation otherwise it can change the meaning entirely to a different word. As a New Yorker, my 'A's can have a pretty loose and varied pronunciation but people will still know what im saying. When I pronounce 'ㅏ' ( ah ) I sometimes find my lazy tongue pronouncing it like 'ay' or 'ayuh' which sounds like the hangul letters 'ㅐ' ' and 'ㅔ', changing the word/meaning entirely. Ive had to learn to be way more conscious of my accuracy in pronouncing the Korean vowels but still my American accent sabotages me at times. Anyways, languages are cool and this video Is neat :)

CJUGames : Man, I don't know how you got through some of those sentences without cracking up.

GasMaskMonster : I bet the gummy rat guy would enjoy this.

Iulia Florea : This is the best thing I've ever heard. English is not my first language, but I found it pretty easy to learn

david shinigamigt : I will never complain about english anymore.NEVER!

Ben Daly : We watched this in English

Zaxor Von Skyler : Your accent went from Canadian to asian to irish!

Rumple 7 : English is not my native language (greek is) and I remember having difficulties with the pronouncations the first 3 years of trying to learn them (after that I just got used to it and accepted that it is what it is), so this video had me cracking up!🤣 There were also a lot of flashbacks of me and my classmates trying to read from our student's books and mispronouncing a plethora of words!😆

arcanechili : The point is that English is perfectly "phonetically consistent". Or, to state this more exactly, in virtually all cases the way a word is spelled depicts the way the word was pronounced when that spelling was originally frozen. The primary misunderstanding in these discussions is the (mistaken) assumption that the way a word is spelled is the way it is "supposed to be pronounced". Instead of what is actually the case, that the current spelling simply represents, roughly, a "snapshot" of how the word was pronounced at some particular time in the past. In short, the pronunciation of all letters in every language ever known "drifts" over time. And to claim that a particular frozen spelling represents the "right way" to pronounce a word is like claiming that the way you look in your third grade class picture is the way that you are "really supposed to look". (If you want to read a good discussion of this and related topics, get hold of a copy of John McWhorter's excellent "Words on the Move".) In summary, if we were to attempt to "rationalize" pronunciation in some way like that suggested in the video, all this would mean is that several centuries from now (when English pronunciation had undergone further inevitable change) our descendants would be having this discussion all over again, wondering "why is everything spelled wrong"??

Tere O : I can only think of Jamaicans!... and of “Calipso” from “Pirates of the Caribbean”

Barb Jacobs : Sounds like when people in my country speak english tbh 😂😂

Elzeta : I tried to copy him and I ended hurting myself

Darksydesamy : Legit no language is phonetically consistent.

Robustus : You sir have raised nerdism to a whole new level. I applaud you. Sadly there is no Nobel Prize for nerdism

C++ Master : So....after watching this video I'm sitting here reading all the comments like this. I hope I'm not the only one.

M Z : Fortunately Italian actually works this way 😌

Semper Phoenix : Well that was cool

Georgia Marie : Interesting how it sounds a lot like Chaucer

Aladeen : Sounded more latin than french

Ken Haley : This was wonderful. I'm reminded of Victor Borge's phonetic punctuation, and inflationary language. Both making fun of our language, just like this one.

Gromek999 : This is the greatest video ever, so unexpected

swan 98 : 2:35 If English were like this I swear it would be way more easier to learn (especially *to pronounce* ) to Spanish speakers, because every word sounds different even if they have the same vowels !!! 😩 and Spanish is not like that.

ExtraVaganza : At first it sounded like Idubbbz bad tourist accent

no one cares : Broken matt hardy?

ATechnews : Put English auto generated captions on. You won't regret it.

LittleLoyal : This is the next video every single english teacher around the globe os going to show to their students in class.

M A : So English is in fact, Korean, but in a very bad accent... o_0