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July 4, 2009
When we, as English-speakers, relay something a Spanish-speaker was saying, we will say something nonsensical like, "La riba de la riba adios del agua momo limpo casa," using what few words we know and/or making up words to fit the rhythm and sound of the unfamiliar language. Similarly, for French, we'll spout crap like, "Le je deaux fou pour les quiches, Madame, s'il vous plait?" For Chinese, "Chang chee mau moo cheng chi wah!"

I'd like to know what non-English-speakers hear when they hear our language. And do the Spanish imitate us the same way the French and Chinese would?