Some people argue that foreign language learning starts with listening. After all babies start with listening even before they were born, in the mother’s belly, and it takes them a few years to start speaking in full sentences. And it’s true, foreign language learning does start with listening – you need to hear and feel the rhythm, harmony and overall melody of the target language – it’s the Second Goal of second language acquisition.
You need to hear the difference between perfect melody (=native accent) and off-key melody (=non-native accent).
Sara starts off her video by doing fake Finnish, Swedish and Estonian. Now, to me, all three sound pretty much the same, I can’t hear the difference between the three so if I were to start learning Swedish my first goal would be to start using a Swedish monolingual dictionary and my second goal would be to distinguish Swedish from Finnish. Next would be to distinguish Swedish from Norwegian and Danish and finally native speaker of Swedish from non-native.
Most of Sara’s fake languages are spot-on: perfect fake US and UK English, her Spanish, Italian, Indian and Arabic fakes are good too, but her Russian and Japanese are off target. Her fake Japanese doesn't sound like Japanese. So if Sara were to learn that language she needs to do quite a bit of listening. Being a European she hasn’t had enough exposure to the Japanese language and as a result doesn’t have a good sentence of its rhythm and flow.
this girl's fake Russian and fake Japanese are much, much better
Elon Gold's fake Russian is just perfect and his "Japanese" is kind of okay
Tamori’s fake Chinese and Korean are flawless. His North and South Korean are distinctly different and a perfect representation how I hear those two languages – they do sound like two different languages.
However, Tamori has a problem distinguishing between Italian and Spanish. His Spanish sounds like Italian and when asked to do a fake Italian he says that it’s basically the same as Spanish which we all know is far from the truth. Spanish and Italian are distinctly different in terms of rhythm and melody.