People in other countries! or speak a different language!


#1

Okay, so i live in California, and i have lived here my whole life. Therefore i only speak English! and because i live in the states i hear whats up with new music and everything when it happens. Im sorry if this is rude, and i dont mean for it to be but those of you who are in another country, how do you find out about things that go on here in the US? and a more important question… how do you understand what Linkin Park is saying if you speak a different language?! it doesnt make sense to me… i cant imagine falling in love with a band that speaks a different language, how do you guys do it? i am just so amazed and curious!

By The Way, thank you everyone who has helped me understand this. Much love goes out to all of you from the US!


#2

Haha, well, we, foreigners, start studying English at a very young age, many of us watch American movies and TV shows, listen mainly to music in English, because that’s really what’s on TV and on the radio (in Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan, everywhere). Let’s not forget all the promotion through the internet.
It’s really hard for me to look up something online and find a non-US article, store or whatever (when I search in English, of course). Many parts of the world are much more americanized than you think.
Hell, in 2008 I stayed up all night just to watch Barack Obama get elected for president {on CNN} (@ 5:30 in the morning). :smiley:

However, even if people don’t speak a certain language, that doesn’t mean they can’t like a foreign band. My mother, for example, fell in love with Linkin Park last year when she went to their EMA concert, even though she doesn’t know a word in English. There are more and more non-Asian people who listen to Kpop and Jpop. They don’t speak those languages, but they like the music.


#3

[quote=Dayana M]Haha, well, we, foreigners, start studying English at a very young age, many of us watch American movies and TV shows, listen mainly to music in English, because that’s really what’s on TV and on the radio (in Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan, everywhere). Let’s not forget all the promotion through the internet.
It’s really hard for me to look up something online and find a non-US article, store or whatever (when I search in English, of course). Many parts of the world are much more americanized than you think.
Hell, in 2008 I stayed up all night just to watch Barack Obama get elected for president {on CNN} (@ 5:30 in the morning). :smiley:

However, even if people don’t speak a certain language, that doesn’t mean they can’t like a foreign band. My mother, for example, fell in love with Linkin Park last year when she went to their EMA concert, even though she doesn’t know a word in English. There are more and more non-Asian people who listen to Kpop and Jpop. They don’t speak those languages, but they like the music.[/quote]
Wow thats amazing! thank you for sharing that with me, you answered well. haha i think that is really cool, as a first time LPUer i am so amazed how many people from other countries love LP. i think i’ve met more people on here from other countries than the States, but thats really awesome! keep rocking out to LP:)


#4

In China children begin to study English at a very early time, about 9 or 10 years old. I began to speak English even when I couldn’t speak Chinese clearly because my dad was an English teacher, but I still can’t grasp it. Though I can’t speak or write in English proficiently, I can easily understand the meaning of the sentences I heard or read. And you know people can find any informations they need from internet, so there’s no difficulty for us to get news or something else.
I agree that people can like a foreign singer. My mom doesn’t know a single Egnlish word either, bet she likes Michael Jackson very much. Music is a worldwide language right? :smiley:
And also, when you fall in love with a star who speaks different language, it would make you want to study a foreign language.
But the most important problem is that, if you have a foreign idol, there’s no doubt that you’ll pay much more money on buying the CDs,T-shirts and so on. The shipping fee is too high! ;(


#5

[quote=VictoriaCortez][quote=Dayana M]Haha, well, we, foreigners, start studying English at a very young age, many of us watch American movies and TV shows, listen mainly to music in English, because that’s really what’s on TV and on the radio (in Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan, everywhere). Let’s not forget all the promotion through the internet.
It’s really hard for me to look up something online and find a non-US article, store or whatever (when I search in English, of course). Many parts of the world are much more americanized than you think.
Hell, in 2008 I stayed up all night just to watch Barack Obama get elected for president {on CNN} (@ 5:30 in the morning). :smiley:

However, even if people don’t speak a certain language, that doesn’t mean they can’t like a foreign band. My mother, for example, fell in love with Linkin Park last year when she went to their EMA concert, even though she doesn’t know a word in English. There are more and more non-Asian people who listen to Kpop and Jpop. They don’t speak those languages, but they like the music.[/quote]
Wow thats amazing! thank you for sharing that with me, you answered well. haha i think that is really cool, as a first time LPUer i am so amazed how many people from other countries love LP. i think i’ve met more people on here from other countries than the States, but thats really awesome! keep rocking out to LP:)[/quote]

I agree w/ what Dayana said. Sweetie… we’re in the era of globalization , English has become a common language among us. Our TV, Magazines,Internet it’s all mainly in english. or as we call it "westernized"
Besides, music is a very universal language, you don’t need to fully understand the meaning of every words they say. [smile][smile]


#6

you are not rude! in fact I have been thinking what your kind of people who speak English are thinking about fans who aren’t :smiley: well. I started to listen Linkin Park when I was only 8-years-old and I spoke only Finnish. Then the lyrics meaned nothing to me because I love the rhythm of the sound and that melancholic style. About two years later I started to learn English and I put my attention to the lyrics. After that I was “real” Linkin Park fan. I started to find many connection between me and the lyrics.

Even if I can’t write well I understand English very well :slight_smile:


#7

I’m from Germany and I started learning English in 8th grade I think, meaning aged 13. There has always been English music in my life, cause as already said before this is what you find on most radio stations (and the otherstations s*ck^^). Thus it was quite easy th get to know LP, even though I only listened to their music first and didn’t care much about the guys.

For example: when I was 12, the first Lord of the Rings movie came out (in German, of course), and the 12-years-old me was so obsessed with it that she bought everything related to it and watched the specials on the DVDs without understanding a word. But it helped :wink:

By now I’m in contact with the English language for almost 10 years and I need/use it every day, mainly on the Internet (foreign facebook-friends, YouTube etc., when I google something I almost always search in English for better results). To me English doesn’t feel like a foreign language anymore :wink:
I also took lessons in Italian, Latin, Portuguese and japanese, but English is FAR the easiest one and the one I’m most comfortable with.

Btw, I also know German LPUers who don’t speak much english. They’re just as much in love with them as english-speaking people are. The language of music is universal. And if there’s something important there’s always somebody who helps them and translate it. Just because LPUers are that way (awesome^^).


#8

Sure I learned English since I was 10 at school. But I started really caring about English because of another passion. I’m a Star Wars fan, too. So I chat in English speaking forums. There I met a few people and talked to them via Messenger. You learn a lot if you talk about regular things, 'cause the regular school English doesn’t help in all day life. And Linkin Park helped me learning new words too. g


#9

I started learning english in second grade, so english has never been a problem to understand. :slight_smile:


#10

I have lived all my life in Germany but my native language is English as my parents are bith english :))
I love it :slight_smile:


#11

Simple. English has become an international language. I was learning English since I was 5 years old. I also happened to live for 2 years in England but yet again, I do believe that everyone knows even a tiny bit of English. Plus, nowadays you’re learning at least 2 languages when you’re in school. For example, I was also learning German besides English. Now I’m learning Japanese (self taught). It depends on if you’re willing to do it I guess as well.

And to tell the truth (I’m from Greece) I certainly do NOT like any Greek music. It sucks so much. It’s disgusting. Songs and music have no meaning here. It’s awful believe me.


#12

[quote=EvoOba]Simple. English has become an international language. I was learning English since I was 5 years old. I also happened to live for 2 years in England but yet again, I do believe that everyone knows even a tiny bit of English. Plus, nowadays you’re learning at least 2 languages when you’re in school. For example, I was also learning German besides English. Now I’m learning Japanese (self taught). It depends on if you’re willing to do it I guess as well.

And to tell the truth (I’m from Greece) I certainly do NOT like any Greek music. It sucks so much. It’s disgusting. Songs and music have no meaning here. It’s awful believe me.[/quote]

I agree in the modern world u cannot “survive” without english it’s the language everyone is expected to know :slight_smile:
German music can be ok but I greatly prefer english music!

And Evo I am disgusted to hear that :// how can a country have no music that has a meaning :((

Head up!


#13

[quote=VictoriaCortez][/quote]
Your question made me smile :slight_smile: Thank you for your interest.

How could a not native english speaker fell in love with LP? In Europe it’s absolutely usual to hear music with english lyrics. I guess that my iPod have 80% english lyrics, just 15 % German and the rest is different. In contrast to most LPUer here, I DON’T understand all words when I listen to music. My english isn’t that good. How much I understand, depends on the pronunciation of the singer. But I can understand Chester and Mike quite good, if they are not too fast [biggrin]
I like LP’s music although I don’t understand everything. To understand them better, I translated the lyrics to german, using a dictionary etc. Well, there are some difficulties, if the use idioms or if they are talking in maths, ha, ha… But I guess everyone of us interprets the meaning a the songs different. Hey, that would be a good topic in the forum???

To come straight to the point: I have to invest I little bit more time to be up to date. Thank internet, everything is possible. And also important: LP invest much time to keep their fans informed.


#14

I speak Russian, English and a little bit German.
I’d like to learn Spanish, Italian and French (I know only few words)


#15

Try learning a different language and figure it out yourself. Spanish, French or maybe German could be a good start.

The reason why we relate to foreign bands could be that it suits our culture or is so amazingly different.

Furthermore I find it ignorant to make no effort to understand different cultures. This the main reason for conflicts and even wars. Especially Americans should be aware of this :wink: (no offense though some of buddies are from the States as well or currently live there)


#16

I live in a billangual city and at a very young age, you have to learn english…In montreal, if you want to work, you have to speak french and english…Also, in french radio, they play songs in french and in english, you’re always hear some english.


#17

nice Montreal is supposed to be really cool :slight_smile: I have a friend there .) U like it?


#18

English is a universal language.

In Singapore, we start learning English at the age of 5~6, some even younger. Just really simple basic English.

I got to know LP through YouTube then the radio then when they were advertised on TV.


#19

come on, almost every country in the world learns english at a early age today![rolleyes] here in Norway they start learning english in 1th grad, at the age of 6, and then german from 4th grade! and after learning english at school for at least 13 years, most of us understand quite alot!
and of course we have internet these days, so you can search there for anything you want!
And alot of shows and movies are in english, so there you go [wink]


#20

[quote=Monica]come on, almost every country in the world learns english at a early age today![rolleyes] here in Norway they start learning english in 1th grad, at the age of 6, and then german from 4th grade! and after learning english at school for at least 13 years, most of us understand quite alot!
and of course we have internet these days, so you can search there for anything you want!
And alot of shows and movies are in english, so there you go [wink]
[/quote]

This exactly. The internet is a very powerful tool nowadays. I’m learning Japanese online! So cool :smiley: