domingo, 13 de diciembre de 2009

Why can't the English? ("My Fair Lady", A. Lerner - F. Loewe)

Piano: Pablo D'Aquino

Look at her, a prisoner of the gutters ! Condemned by every syllable she utters ! By right she should be taken out and hung - for the cold-blooded murder of the English tongue !
Why can't the English teach their children how to speak ?
This verbal class distinction by now should be antique - if you spoke as she does, sir, instead of the way you do... why, you might be selling flowers too !
An Englishman's way of speaking absolutely classifies him - the moment he talks he makes some other Englishman despise him. One common language I'm afraid we'll never get, oh, why can't the English learn to... set a good example to people whose English is painful to your ears... the Scotch and the Irish leave you close to tears... There even are places where English completely disappears ! Well, in America they haven't used it for years !
Why can't the English teach their children how to speak ?
Norwegians learn Norwegian, the Greeks are taught their Greek, in France every Frenchman knows his language from a to z - the French don't care what they do, actually, as long as they pronounce it properly... Arabians learn Arabian with the speed of summer lightning, the Hebrews learn it backwards, which is absolutely frightening... Speak proper English, you're regarded as a freak......
Why can't the English learn to speak ?

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