Avril Lavigne, the “punk princess”, has decided to record and release her new song, “Girlfriend”, in 8 different languages. The song “Girlfriend” is purely a pop number – but then again, was Avril really a real ‘punk rocker’ anyway?
The 8 languages Avril Lavigne has decided to record “Girlfriend’ in are English, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. I’m sure the marketing technique here is to globalise her songs to the local languages was an interesting one. But it just makes for extreme hilarity, with her shocking accents, tones, and even using incorrect sentences.
It was reported that she was going to sing “Girlfriend” in Hindi. Fortunately for the Hindi speaking community, “attempts at Hindi proved too difficult. We tried Hindi twice but the diction and the meter of how you sing Hindi versus the western rhythms just didn’t match and we just couldn’t pull it off,” said her manager, Terry McBride.
They should have gotten her a speech coach or something before unleashing the songs onto the world and ruining the major world languages.
The one that really made me laugh so much was the one in Mandarin Chinese. My friend thinks that Avril is using both Mandarin and Cantonese in the song. Meanwhile, all I can say is, “Mum, at least I can speak Mandarin better than someone famous!”
Avril Lavigne’s Mandarin efforts:
Her other linguistic efforts available on YouTube: