What’s the lyric? Lagu tu ka…

Salam to all. Has this ever happened to you before? You listen to a song and start to sing along. However, you are not sure of the lyrics and make up your own words.

For example, I (Coach Sha) was into Guns N’Roses ages ago. Of course my favourite song includes Sweet Child O’Mine. Guess what? I always thought the lyrics were Sweet Charlemagne.

How did this happen? When I was in high school (not High School Musical) in Texas, I had to study World History. While reading, I came across King Charlemagne’s name.  I was not sure of the pronunciation, so ‘pandai-pandai reka sebutan sendiri’.  (we all do this right?)

Wah..sangat ilmiah Coach Sha ini sehingga dalam lagu rock pun dimasukkan unsur sejarah.

Charlemagne (pronounced /ˈʃɑrlɨmeɪn/; Latin: Carolus Magnus or Karolus Magnus, meaning Charles the Great) (742 – 28 January 814) was King of the Franks from 768 to his death. He expanded the Frankish kingdoms into a Frankish Empire that incorporated much of Western and Central Europe. During his reign, he conquered Italy.

Another song was ‘How Deep is Your Love’ (Take That did the cover version for this Bee Gee’s song).

I thought the words were..  “Artificial Love.” Cinta palsu.. logik kan?

Ada lagi… Avril Lavigne’s ‘Complicated’: Dengar macam “watching your back, like new Cadillac” tetapi sebenarnya “watching your back, like you can’t relax.”  Macam mana boleh jadi Cadillac?  My logic was the guy in the song was so worried with what people think of him, kejap-kejap tengok belakang..seolah-olah bila kita beli baru..kejap-kejap tengok untuk pastikan kereta selamat.  (What a long explanation, man!)

Coach Ridz pun pernah terjerat juga dalam kes ‘la..lagu tu ka…’  One particular song was BPR’s “Seribu tahun takkan mungkin.”

Heard:  Lima tahun… mencerminkan rindu…

Actual lyrics:  Di matamu…mencerminkan rindu..

The point is:

Bila kita dengar sesuatu dalam bahasa asing dan tidak pasti perkataan yang sebenar, otak akan memerah segala vocab yang ada dalam kepala kita dan cari yang bunyi yang paling dekat dan maksud yang agak logik.

Frasa Child O’Mine bukan sesuatu yang familiar buat Coach Sha semasa di bangku sekolah dulu. Lainlah kalau Child OF Mine. Tapi dalam lagu tersebut, Axl Rose tidak sebut “sweet child OF mine” kan? Begitu formal bunyinya.

Lantas, otak Coach Sha memikirkan apakah perkataan yang paling logik yang boleh digandingkan dengan ‘sweet’, membawa maksud yang agak logik dan bunyi yang hampir serupa.

Kesimpulannya, kita mentafsir apa yang didengar berdasarkan tahap penguasaan vocabulary kita.  Lebih banyak perkataan yang kita kuasai, lebih senang otak mencari ‘match’ antara bunyi dan perkataan.

Bukan itu sahaja, pengetahuan am juga banyak membantu…dan menjadikan pentafsiran lirik lagu lebih menarik dan kadangkala melucukan!

So keep reading and keep listening because these skills are INPUT.  Banyak INPUT, banyak OUTPUT.

Lagu tu na………..


Posted on December 25, 2008, in Tips in English & BM and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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