Category Archives: language

Italian becomes official language … of Italy?

Who else is confused that Italian was not the official language of Italy? Or is it just me? This is bizarre – I always thought the official language of Italy was Italian. After all, that’s what they taught us at school. But it seems all that learning at school was wrong. Italian has become the official language of Italy on either the 29th or 30th of March, 2007.

According to Yahoo! Odd News, the Italian language has only been put through as part of the Italian Constitution. And 75 Politicians opposed Italian being the official language of Italy in Parliament. The Tuscan dialect is what is known as modern Italian. Other dialects can be incomprehensible compared to the Tuscan dialect.

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Avril Lavigne, the global Girlfriend

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:
Japanese: http://youtube.com/watch?v=c6YhaDA6fNc
German: http://youtube.com/watch?v=AFbkIrilZyI
Spanish: http://youtube.com/watch?v=gV18mZtToP
Portuguese: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0-8Kq2wkdk
French: http://youtube.com/watch?v=erQjjiBKx-Y