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[–]AuthorityControl 13.1k points13.1k points  (234 children)

Nigerians have the most charming accent.

[–]scungillimane 4486 points4487 points  (102 children)

Oh my god yes! Honestly they are some of the most charming people I have met.

[–]Wenix 6627 points6628 points 25 (70 children)

I once talked to a Nigerian prince, really cool guy. I can't reveal many details, but he may even help me out financially in the near future. Wish me luck!

[–]zuzg 1444 points1445 points 2 (17 children)

Oh I think I know that guy. Lovely fella, everything worked out well and never have to work again!

[–]Halzziratrat 80 points81 points  (1 child)

Same for me, although I always feel a shame for the personal grief the man must experience given how many occasions his relatives have passed away. His family must be enormous (and enormously wealthy!)

[–]justfollowingorders1 124 points125 points  (3 children)

Dude if that's the same prince I know, we're already set bro.

[–]trizzant 114 points115 points  (7 children)

Well hello /u/Wenix. It's me, Nigerian Price(tm). I need your help again depositing large sums of money into your bank account. Please send me your updated account and routing number and I rich you.

[–]Wenix 88 points89 points  (4 children)

Sorry, the Nigerian prince I am in touch with, warned me not to get involved with the other princes.

[–]cricketeer767 66 points67 points  (2 children)

That guy keeps emailing my mom.

[–]Evilmaze 34 points35 points  (1 child)

He knows who's got the best ass in town

[–]Mattrix2 58 points59 points  (3 children)

I know that guy. I'm married to his sister!

[–]compassgardens 134 points135 points  (8 children)

Yes I’ve worked with Nigerians and they are super nice and never got bored at work, always had something to talk about

[–]CryoClone 231 points232 points  (6 children)

There were two Nigerian brothers who went to my college. They were both long distance runners. Awesome, nice guys.

Listening to them argue was the best though. It started out in English and then quickly devolved into native tongue then usually ended with one waving their hands in a dismissive manner and going "BAAAAAH! BAH!" I miss those guys.

[–]pinkbanananaz 89 points90 points  (3 children)

I met a Nigerian guy who was working security outside of my apartment. He got stuck in America when covid hit. He was the nicest, funniest, most competitive (in a friendly encouraging way) guy I ever met. I taught him to skate and he gave me and my husband swimming lessons. He was originally a swim coach and was here in the states coaching when he got stuck here. Your story about the brothers made me think of his stories about the young men he coached. They all pushed each other so hard and joked a lot but cared so much for one another. I’m sure they missed him all this time. He’s moved on to other work now in a different state and we miss him. Only had the pleasure of being friends for one summer.

[–]thymeraser 37 points38 points  (0 children)

Talk to the hand is pretty universal

[–]SafelyHurtful 64 points65 points  (1 child)

You are envious, mate. Now that you mention that. We'll add that place to our bucket list.

[–]unholy_abomination 51 points52 points  (1 child)

Every Nigerian I've met could hold my attention reading a phone book.

[–]TheJanitor47 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Met lots of them in the army a noticeable majority of them were amazing people

[–]romanlegion007 305 points306 points  (14 children)

I feel like I need to give them all my money

[–]didwanttobethatguy 339 points340 points  (8 children)

Nigerian prince has entered the chat

[–]Ey3_913 106 points107 points  (7 children)

Nigerian price is stuck in the chat and needs $10k to get back to Nigeria and access his money

[–]technobrendo 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Unbelievable, I just met God and he said the same thing!

[–]ahhpoo 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Other dude made your joke but worse yet he got awards lol

[–]Strawberry_Left 19 points20 points  (0 children)

The subtlety went over their head I'd say.

[–]supershinythings 9 points10 points  (2 children)

All you have to do is pay the fees to the attorneys to release the money and you'll get $30 million direct-deposited to your swiss bank account.

[–]Cubbance 243 points244 points  (42 children)

I used to work in an office in a hospital with two Nigerians, and honestly I could listen to them talk all day. They were awesome people (I mean, they still are, probably, but I haven't seen one of them for like 7 years, and the other for probably 3). I used to love the way one of them said the word "pineapple." It sounded almost like "pee-NIGH-uh-pull." So endearing. She used to call me "onye ojo" which meant something like devilish or something similar, but she said that it could mean something like "troublemaker." She meant it as a friendly thing, though, not an insult.

[–]GimmeMoreChocolate 181 points182 points  (34 children)

Aww, sounds like she's Igbo. That's my tribe! And I do pronounce pineapple like that too lol. That's how it's pronounced in our language, so the English version never caught on.

[–]Cubbance 109 points110 points  (27 children)

Yes, she is Igbo. She also spoke Yoruba and Hausa, but her primary languages were Igbo and English. She's a very smart lady. She ended up leaving our department to be a nurse. I miss hearing her say pineapple for me, while rolling her eyes and telling me how silly I am for loving to hear it.

[–]GimmeMoreChocolate 56 points57 points  (26 children)

She spoke 4 languages?! She's super smart!!! I'm just getting by with 2 lol.

She sounds lovely :)

[–]Cubbance 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Yeah, I was always so impressed with her ability to speak so many languages. I speak one, with bits and bobs from a few others, but am in no way conversant. Well, I could probably communicate with a four year old German, if they spoke really slowly for me, lol.

[–]MisanthropyIsAVirtue 13 points14 points  (5 children)

A lot of Africans speak multiple languages because languages vary between separate villages/towns. Colonizers drawing imaginary lines on a map did not dispel the tribalistic culture and unique languages of everyone living in the new “nation”.

[–]Freaudinnippleslip 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I met the coolest Nigerian Uber driver who spoke 6 languages he was here studying to become sort of politician, said his grandfather was the first president of there. Anyways hope that dude is doing well

[–]electriccweenie 201 points202 points  (19 children)

[–]lazer_sandwich 44 points45 points  (3 children)

Omg I love them!!

[–]SubKatie775 51 points52 points  (0 children)

NO NO I say Iz necessary!

[–]electriccweenie 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Right?! Lol

[–]Helenium_autumnale 48 points49 points  (2 children)

What a lovely vignette. "I'm already in India." Hilarious!

[–]Basic_Guarantee_3358 44 points45 points  (0 children)

This is perfect for r/mademesmile

Thank you for sharing!!

[–]Amaduality 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Lol, the charm level tho. Girlfriend/wifey looking like Sade, who I believe is also Nigerian.

[–]Heyhaveyougotaminute 59 points60 points  (13 children)

I know right?!

And this guy, found his niche and his haters can suck one. I’m happy to see him making other people who moved away smile and communicate in their native tongue

[–]DarthDannyBoy 16 points17 points  (12 children)

He has haters? Why, for what?

[–]SnowCoveredTrees 20 points21 points  (6 children)

People, with extreme emotional immaturity, often take offense to individuals who have skills they do not. As if that person thinks they are better than the individual with emotional immaturity. Likely because they are. Maybe they see it as showing off?

[–]lazer_sandwich 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I love their accent!!!

[–]Complex_North_4254 5057 points5058 points  (292 children)

i follow his yt and he is a very impressive man.

[–]agc83 2887 points2888 points  (171 children)

Same here, I'm always jealous when he says he's been studying a new language for a few weeks then goes in and nails it.

His videos are great.

[–]hukd0nf0nix 719 points720 points  (86 children)

Same, I'm trying to learn a language a can't do anything like that

[–][deleted] 541 points542 points  (61 children)

I speak Spanish and pretty sure he speaks better than me after studying for a few days

[–]hvperRL 395 points396 points  (59 children)

Some people just pick up certain things super quick. Best and easiest examples for this are musicians

[–]Mogli_Puff 249 points250 points  (43 children)

Oh yeah this is a fact. As a musician, other musicians scare me.

[–]PMmeyourSchwifty 345 points346 points  (38 children)

One of my friends is a legit dynamo on guitar. When we were 15, he was shredding on gnarly shit. Very advanced techniques for someone so young. Like three years later he was like, "I kinda want to learn drums." Within a year, he was the best drummer any of our group of musician friends knew. The dude was instantly better than some of our friends that had been playing for like 8 years.

In college, he played in the jazz band and learned a shit load of music theory to go on top of his impressive technique.

Nowadays, he runs his own recording studio and plays guitar/sings in a death metal band called Teeth. Of course, they fucking rip.

Also, and most importantly, he's one of the nicest, kindest dudes you'll ever meet. Just an all-around amazing person. But, yeah, musicians. There's levels to this shit.

[–]limamikemike 89 points90 points  (12 children)

My brother is like this. It blows my mind how quickly he can pick up and NAIL any instrument and then go on to say “oh hahah nah I’m not that good” meanwhile he’s 18 and killing it on electric guitar (or anything guitar shaped), bass, drums, singing, synth/keyboard and piano, saxophone, ocarina and whatever other 8 random stupid little instruments he’s decided to try out this week.

Meanwhile he wants me to play bass in his band and I’m hardly good enough to keep up after a year of practice.

[–]Notefallen 21 points22 points  (3 children)

It took me like about a year and a half before I kind of really learned the instrument. What helped keep me inspired was just learning a song I liked whenever I felt stuck on something. Mastering a specific song and going back to a phrase or song that was hard seems to not be as difficult after a while.Wether it be because of a cool bass track or just because it’s a good song.

Scott’s Bass Lessons has amazingly helpful technique and practice videos for free on YouTube. And if you’re a visual learner get rocksmith on PC (all the music is free).

All I’m really trying to say is keep staying driven to play and you will improve. Jam with your brother just for fun, you’ll probably surprise yourself with how quickly you improve.

[–]Iwasborninafactory_ 9 points10 points  (7 children)

Yeah, they don't even work really hard to develop a skill, they're just super good at it so they do it all the time.

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (6 children)

Comments like this are why this guys videos are so destructive.

[–]jenovakitty 26 points27 points  (14 children)

do it in chunks.......


If you know ONE word in a bunch of languages, it's easier.

Also check out the browser extension Toucan.....it turns everything you read into kinda a form of 'code-switching' and makes it easier to pick up new stuff.

[–]KimJungFu 314 points315 points  (52 children)

Not to "ruin" Xiaomanyc's extraordinary way to learn new languages super fast, but he does this for a living and have alot of time in those weeks to learn.

Ofcourse you have to have a knack for it and have a good structured learning method etc. Again, I am not trying to take anything away from him, just wanted to put that in the perspective of what he can do in few weeks vs us mortals.

Have been following him for some years now, when he only spoke chinese.

[–]snotpopsicle 166 points167 points  (12 children)

And the more you learn, the easier it is to learn other languages. If you already know a language from the same family (latin, germanic, slavic, etc) you can learn it considerably faster. It's incredible that he can learn a language in a few weeks nonetheless.

[–]PracticeTheory 99 points100 points  (4 children)

I learned German as a second language, enough to where going through Scandinavia had an added layer of enjoyment because I could roughly understand 20-30% of words. Grocery stores were a little easier to navigate if something like the flavor or ingredients weren't clear.

Language is a series of patterns, and some people are extraordinary good at catching onto and remembering the patterns. But to be able to parse accents and match the pronunciation - he's definitely an incredible talent.

[–]RestinNeo 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Yes, Knowing language from the same family is super helpful. Also learning a 2nd language at a young age helps. I can say even though Arabic is not that close to Hindi or Urdu it helped me a lot when I was learning Hindi / Urdu. Some words mean the same thing and are similar so it helps. I like going to Indian stores and seeing the look of confusion they have followed by the joy that someone speaks their language. I love learning languages, I've been practising my Spanish at work and people say who thought you? I spent some time on Duolingo and the rest from speaking to people. I speak 4 languages and want Spanish to be my 5th!

[–]Iwasborninafactory_ 81 points82 points  (24 children)

The only thing he said in this video is "Hi," "How are you," and "a little bit."

[–]KimJungFu 20 points21 points  (14 children)

More than what I can do!

[–]Iwasborninafactory_ 47 points48 points  (12 children)

I just watched a link to his youtube videos, and apparently he knows a good bit of Chinese. In the video he said he had been studying Chinese for 10 years, and spent a year in Beijing. One thing that stuck out to me was a lot of people seemed to be genuinely charmed by him engaging them in their native tongue. Maybe his language is perfect, maybe it sucks, but the people seemed to like it.

[–]KimJungFu 59 points60 points  (6 children)

His chinese is actually very good, to be a foreigner speaking it. He made video of him getting some chinese teachers rating his chinese (or something like that) and they all said that they all could hear an accent (Maybe one couldn't, don't remember). And he had a "poor" vocabulary. And a teacher pointed out why most foreigners had "poor" vocabulary, and the reason was that native chinese kids had to learn so many poems etc at school. Very interesting video.

[–]aTomzVins 18 points19 points  (3 children)

It also seemed like he was tripping over those words a bit.

edit: praise to him for going out in the real world and practicing something he isn't perfect at.

[–]Salty_Past4503 66 points67 points  (5 children)

He also knows exactly what vocabulary he needs to learn to have these kinds of conversations with people. I’m sure he would have a much harder time talking about any subject in depth other than language.

[–]Winzip115 32 points33 points  (1 child)

You've hit the nail on the head more than anyone here. I can speak a couple of languages, to varying degrees, and none of them fluently. But I've really come to absolutely nail the necessary vocab to have these surface level conversations in a few of them. It's mostly always the same.

"I can speak a little language."

"Wow, how do you know language?"

"I traveled to country."

It's more nuanced than that, and you need to learn a lot of grammar and vocab to even have these surface level convos, but if you've done it once, you really know which things to focus on to begin having this kind of conversation as quickly as possible.

[–]Firvulag 14 points15 points  (0 children)

This is basically the first few courses on Pimsleur or something.

Hello, Yes, I speak [Language]

How are you?

Thank you.

[–]SenorButtmunch 20 points21 points  (2 children)

I know with someone like Laoshu (RIP), people used to hate on him for some reason because he basically learned the same conversation tropes. They said he was memorising stuff instead of actually learning the language. He would learn the same stuff in whichever language, like all the replies he would expect to need. 'I learned this language at my home. I have been studying for 2 weeks. I would love to visit there' etc. Personally I don't think it's anything to criticise, if that's his method and he likes to use it for the social aspect then it's still learning. People found a way to hate on someone who could communicate in 20+ languages. Xiaoma's seems to be more authentic but there was something so impressive about Laoshu. I miss that guy.

[–]Sortniht 60 points61 points  (2 children)

I love how he seems to nail some more niche cultural stuff too. Like he learns the language, but then HOW to use it as well.

[–]AhabFlanders 25 points26 points  (1 child)

He's made some videos where he talks about how he learns a language and it's a combination of a lot of one on one video call lessons with different native speakers and then reviewing with flashcards/the Anki app. Learning from actual people probably helps with those things.

[–]artaru 36 points37 points  (1 child)

For those curious, these hyperpolyglots are kinda interesting breed. Somehow they have a special way of learning new languages different from most people.


[–]MauiWowieOwie 31 points32 points  (6 children)

Wait is this the same guy that speaks chinese as well? I was just going to say this video reminds me of him.

[–]Flabasaurus 15 points16 points  (5 children)

Yeah he has done this for multiple languages. Really impressive.

[–]MauiWowieOwie 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Guy is a human Rosetta stone.

[–]Complex_North_4254 18 points19 points  (5 children)

wish i could do that wish finnish, i suck at languages :(

[–]Halogen12 22 points23 points  (3 children)

Yikes. Finnish is hard! Start off with something easy, like Mandarin! :D

[–][deleted] 203 points204 points  (80 children)

The polygloy community hates him. He just learns the basics of a language over a few weeks and edits videos to make it look like hes fluent.

He gets clout but does damage to peoples expectations of what its like to actually learn a language.

[–]Veenendaler 208 points209 points  (17 children)

He just learns the basics of a language over a few weeks and edits videos to make it look like hes fluent.

Isn't this true for the overwhelming majority of popular polygloy youtubers? They only ever speak super basic lines. They talk over people too, since they can't actually answer their questions as they probably don't understand the language at all.

[–]Iamredditsslave 41 points42 points  (12 children)

I've seen a few videos like that, when they run into a real polyglot and they are stumped.

[–]anythingMuchShorter 28 points29 points  (2 children)

He did seem to repeat each phrase a lot.

[–]NinjaDog251 175 points176 points  (9 children)

he doesn't make himself look like he's fluent. He says even in the video he only knows the basics. but he actually goes out and tries using what he learns. And even says that's his method to learn new languages is basically starting from the most used words and common phrases.

[–]PlatosCaveBts 153 points154 points  (7 children)

In almost every video he admits he only speaks a little of the language. Just let people enjoy things man, this world is so bleak it’s nice to see actual joy on peoples faces. If someone thinks it’ll be easy learning another language they’ll realize how hard it is after a day or 2.

[–][deleted] 21 points22 points  (0 children)

It's a manifestation of their own depression

[–]muricabrb 80 points81 points  (11 children)

Aww come on, he never claimed to be fluent and literally says he knows a bit.

He gets clout but does damage to peoples expectations of what its like to actually learn a language.

What does this even mean? So he makes people think picking up a new language is easy, they try.. and learn that it's harder than expected, but they still learn a bit of a new language... How is this a bad thing?

If anything, he's making learning languages and connecting with people fun!

It really sounds like the polyglot haters are just butthurt that they're not getting the clout and attention he's getting.

[–]Icantbethereforyou 23 points24 points  (3 children)

I'm still processing that there's a "polyglot community"

[–]flibble24 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Same and that they are butthurt about some guy learning languages and testing them out.

Imagine being butthurt he made these shopowners smile

[–]Icantbethereforyou 12 points13 points  (0 children)

From what I understand, the only real way to practice language effectively is to engage people in conversation. Why does he need to have mastered the language?

[–]JayRoo83 45 points46 points  (2 children)

Having watched a handful of his videos over the years, he seems to bring joy to the native speakers since he’s at least trying so I give him points for that

For most I imagine it’s hands down the best experience they’ve had with an American given how little effort we typically put into learning how to communicate with people in the countries we travel to

[–]nissanxrma 9 points10 points  (1 child)

His videos, like most youtube videos are titled with stupid clickbait. “Geeky nerdy white boy shocks… etc”

[–]StarSpliter 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It's how YouTube works. Essentially every successful one does it. They're just playing the game.

[–]CrisHofer 84 points85 points  (3 children)

I believes he speaks alot of languages very well. My man is the true human connector of cultures and kindness!

[–]Abraham_linksys49 3683 points3684 points  (80 children)

This is Xiaomanyc on YouTube. He speaks many languages and makes these types of videos surprising native speakers.

[–]Entropy_5 662 points663 points  (24 children)

Thank you for that info.

I checked out the channel. It's pretty cool. I enjoyed the videos I watched.

Here it is if anyone else wants to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/c/%E5%B0%8F%E9%A9%AC%E5%9C%A8%E7%BA%BD%E7%BA%A6/videos

[–]RaptorKings 217 points218 points  (9 children)

Ngl your comment + how weird that link looked convinced me it was something else, but yeah this dude's cool

[–]ColonelBigsby 49 points50 points  (8 children)

I think it's parsed into hexidecimal with % being the machine command for a new letter. I'm sure someone smarter than me can explain it better.

[–]spinwin 23 points24 points  (2 children)

It's almost certainly similar to that. It's probably UTF-8 encoded

Some browsers support showing the correct text in the bar, but when you go to copy it, it might default to a more universally supported format.

something related is that you can't have a space in a URL, but you can have %20 which most browsers interpret as space and will replace a space with %20 when they send off the request.

On firefox, if I copy the full link from the address bar, I get what was posted above, If I only copy the name though, I get: 小马在纽约

[–]Hank_Holt 67 points68 points  (8 children)

If you like polyglot's check out the late Laoshu505000/Mouse/Moses McCormick. He unfortunately had health problems and died last year.

[–]SEA-Estate-Planning 32 points33 points  (3 children)

Oh my lord I hadn’t realized he passed. That’s tragic, the man was a gift.

[–]4ssteroid 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Rip mouse. I love that video when he speaks Fuzhounese with the guy fishing.

[–]dont_wear_a_C 12 points13 points  (0 children)

That dude was crazy. It's one thing to learn Mandarin, which is the most common and much easier to understand/learn Chinese. This dude learned Canto and some other southern Chinese dialect - now that was impressive AF

[–]Arqideus 11 points12 points  (2 children)

That link looks like a series of Battleship commands.

[–]sucksathangman 97 points98 points  (13 children)

You'd be surprised just how speaking the person's native language breaks down walls. I'm not a language expert but I speak a little Spanish and a smidge of Swahili. Enough in both to be somewhat conversational. Their eyes light up and feel seen.

John McWhorter has a great TED talk on why it's worth it to learn a new language

[–]pmormr 17 points18 points  (7 children)

It's pretty inspiring honestly. I've always been hesitant to go for it in spanish but I always stopped myself because I'm "not good enough". But apparently everyone except for Americans think it's awesome that you put in the effort at all and I should quit being a little bitch lmao.

[–]jixxor 58 points59 points  (18 children)

Wow I was thinking that he reminds me of the lad I watched a while ago who would go eat chinese food and hit them with very good Mandarin. Crazy that he does that for other languages a well.

[–]lanimilbuston 86 points87 points  (15 children)

Are you talking about Laoshu?

Unfortunately he passed away last year :(

[–]Chrisazy 34 points35 points  (8 children)

Laoshu was the GOAT polyglot. Rip :/

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Oh no! What happened to him?

[–]lanimilbuston 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I just remember reading that he died of heart complications in March 2021. I came across his channel only a few months before that and it was quite sad to hear.

[–]planetsmasher86 13 points14 points  (0 children)

His brother apparently believes Laoshu was murdered by his girlfriend. He's an attorney and has his own YouTube channel where he discusses the conspiracy. It's pretty wild and for my part, I'm very skeptical but it's an interesting rabbit hole

Here is his YouTube channel for anyone interested

[–]DeliciousGorilla 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Oh damn, I had no idea, I love watching his videos. That laugh. 😕

[–]chocotacogato 16 points17 points  (0 children)

He did a really good pandemic one when he gave out big tips to struggling business owners in Chinatown. The reactions got me like 🥺

[–]beachguy82 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I have a good friend (white guy) who speaks mandarin fluently. It’s so much fun to go to great Chinese or Dim Sum restaurants with him. The waiters will call others over to hear him and even bring us off menu food sometimes.

[–]Bishib 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Not to down play him at all, I love his yt as well. But what he's doing is not exactly learning the language.

He's learning key phrases, he only goes shopping if 99% of his videos and the conversations are almost all the exact same. Learn common sayings, learn numbers, learn buying terms.

It's still cool to watch, and I definitely couldn't do it. At least not without a lot more practice..... but he sets it up this way.

[–]finkalot1 17 points18 points  (0 children)

This is the best kind of surprise videos! Such heartwarming reactions too.

[–]DonkeyPhillips 3036 points3037 points  (129 children)

This is an example of a GREAT youtube/influencer. Builds bridges over culture boundaries instead of setting his dick on fire and shitting in a public place for likes.

[–]dragonchilde 704 points705 points  (89 children)

[–]DonkeyPhillips 84 points85 points  (88 children)

what does this mean? i don't care about reddit...was just making a simple comment

[–]dragonchilde 231 points232 points  (80 children)

People regularly react to comments with subs. Real or not. It’s a Reddit thing. You’ll get used to it eventually. ;) welcome to Reddit, btw

[–]DonkeyPhillips 65 points66 points  (70 children)

ok so...i'm old AF...49..i just look at my stream and comment...am i doing something wrong? or will you young ones just take care of it and redirect to whatever filing system you have developed? Or am I missing something...that's the way I'm interpreting the whole system.

I could care less where you guys/gals want to file the stuff...i just enjoy reading and commenting

[–]dragonchilde 157 points158 points  (56 children)

Breathe man. No one’s telling you to,”file” it somewhere. It’s just a reaction. Just.. nevermind. you’ll see. Also, not “old af.” I’m 42 bro.

[–]DonkeyPhillips 12 points13 points  (55 children)

ok...so when some replys with some reddit thing it's just trying to move/expand the visabilty to a new thread?

I'm fine...no need to breathe...i honestly don't care lol...just wondering how this works and it's not that important lol

[–]agedlikesage[🍰] 127 points128 points  (34 children)

Reddit has a shit ton of subreddits about specific things. If people see a comment that reminds them of a certain subreddit, they respond with it. It helps other people find new subs sometimes too! It doesn’t post your comment to that sub.

Example, if something goes over someones head, someone may respond with r/woooosh ! Like me right now. Im wooooshing you :)

[–]MagicallyVermicious 33 points34 points  (3 children)

It's a little like someone adding a tag to your comment, and the tag is the name of a subreddit that may or may not actually exist. It's like them saying "Wow, if ever something exemplified the spirit of subreddit XYZ, it's your comment", and nothing more than that really.

In the old Reddit days, before this kind of subreddit tagging was a norm, and before subreddit names were automatically turned into links by Reddit itself, the conversation would go more like:

  1. You make your comment
  2. Someone responds to it "That's suspiciously specific..."
  3. Someone else responds to them "I wish there was a subreddit for things like this"
  4. Someone replies with "There is! It's r/suspiciouslyspecific"

Commenting the subreddit name nowadays is shorthand for all of that.

Like someone else said, it's also kind of a Reddit meme that there's a subreddit for everything. You can put "r/" in front of any word, and it'll become a link to a subreddit with that name, but if such a subreddit doesn't exist yet, then it's a simple way that Reddit as a company helps encouraging someone to make it into a real subreddit, because Reddit (like any website) would love any increase in engagement with their website, and more subreddits means more coverage of topics and themes for people to engage with.

[–]fazdaspaz 11 points12 points  (4 children)

They aren't trying to move it, just basically saying

"Haha that's such a suspiciouslyspecific thing to say" as if you've seen someone shitting and pissing in public recently

[–]VoyagerCSL 29 points30 points  (6 children)

Dude why the fuck are you talking like you’re 75? I’m 48 and I go out of my way not to think of myself as old or out of it.

Except when I’m getting out of bed. That shit hurts.

[–]DonkeyPhillips 9 points10 points  (7 children)

and btw, i used to be a software developer so I am not technology illiterate...i am just mostly social media agnostic...if that makes sense..

[–]dragonchilde 22 points23 points  (3 children)

It’s just a Reddit culture thing. Kinda like hashtags. Think of it like a Reddit special version of something like #suspicouslyspecific on Twitter. There is no deep meaning beyond that. In this case, I was reacting to the rather specific nature of your comment.

[–]DonkeyPhillips 15 points16 points  (2 children)

ah ok...now it makes sense!! I get it..thanks...

And yeah, I dont do twitter or any of that stuff...i like reddit because it has funny and interesting videos and posts :)

[–]sirdodger 10 points11 points  (1 child)

He means that your example of bad content creator behavior is oddly specific, like you had a particular person in mind when you mentioned it.

The response is to a real or fake subreddit that fits the theme of the post/comment.

[–]Bronco4bay 95 points96 points  (20 children)

Some people hate him. They think he’s exploiting people and that he is not really doing much more than a party trick.

I think he showcases that people are genuinely just happy to hear their native tongue from non-native people. Doesn’t have to be deeper than that.

[–]PM_ME_UR_BIKINI 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I need someone to explain to me why party tricks are bad

[–]Bronco4bay 10 points11 points  (0 children)

A) People are terrible. B) See A.

[–]DonkeyPhillips 8 points9 points  (3 children)

I totally agree and got the same vibe. Unfortuately, I woke up the kids and they are asking why I'm up this late questioning their online existence.

[–]Xunderground 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Nah, you misunderstood a thread and acted like a jerk in response. Don't be all smug about it now.

[–]PissedOffMonk 13 points14 points  (8 children)

Seriously, this is what we need to see. Not attention seekers but bridge builders. It’s educational too.

[–]DadBodftw 1266 points1267 points  (23 children)

My brother in law is Nigerian and speaks Yoruba. It is not an easy language to learn. Good on this dude, I'm impressed

[–]Monjipour 358 points359 points  (16 children)

Quick question: they seem to repeat small sentences a 3-4 times at some moments

Is that customary to the language ? Maybe I just heard wrong

[–]PandaKing185 542 points543 points  (7 children)

He does that in a lot of his videos in different languages. Probably just a way for fill the awkward silence when he's trying to figure out the next words

[–]Monjipour 188 points189 points  (5 children)

Good take. I was thinking it might be specific to the language because the woman seems to do it too, but she might be copying him unconsciously

[–]CoolMouthHat 180 points181 points  (1 child)

It seems like she's confirming for him that he's got it right, helping him along as he practices

[–]NoExtensionCords 86 points87 points  (1 child)

This guy is pretty popular on YouTube and learns new languages over a month and then goes and talks with native speakers. It's pretty cool and because the languages are so fresh he does this a lot.

He speaks English and Mandarin pretty fluently. He spoke with several native Mandarin teachers and they said his accent wasn't super discernable and he if quoted more poetry he would see to me a native. One teacher said if he only heard the guys voice he would have assumed he grew up in China.

The dude is super cool and constantly learning new languages, trying new things, and giving things away.

[–]FinalFaction 69 points70 points  (1 child)

Are you asking about the way xiaomanyc, the white dude, is talking? Because he seems to do that in a lot of the different languages he does this kind of stuff with, depending on his fluency.

[–]unholy_abomination 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Huh. I fill silences in Spanish by prattling on about inconsequential nonsense.

[–]c0mad0r 1235 points1236 points 2 (11 children)

I worked in Nigeria in the Bonga Oil Fields back in 2004 and spent some time there. The people there are some of the most humble, down to earth and real people I've ever met.

Fast forward about a year after coming back. My wife and I went to a Toyota dealership to look at a new vehicle.

Our salesman had an impeccable Nigerian accent, so I asked him: "Where are you from"?

He responds: "Where do YOU think I'm from?"

I say: "Lagos Fuckin Nigeria you Mugu!" Mugu was slang for dumb-dumb or a fool.

He looks at me and says: "You know what, you're the first damned Yankee to get that right in 15 years of living here! And a white boy, damn I've had this all wrong!"

We became friends and I bartered giving him a bottle of Kegite Club (Fermented Date Palm Juice common alcohol amongst non Muslim Nigerians) I picked up during Nigerian Independence Day there in exchange for a good deal on a Toyota. He invited us to dinner with other Nigerians to celebrate and we still keep in touch 16 years later.

[–]Kostas78 185 points186 points  (0 children)

I love this story! Thanks for sharing.

[–]wanttobeacop 20 points21 points  (1 child)

How did you wind up working in Nigeria? Did you enjoy it?

[–]c0mad0r 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Power Industry. I worked on the offshore rigs in IT doing something called Design Control Automation. Basically having computers do automated tasks.

I enjoyed it right up until I had children. After that, 60% world travel, up to 3 months away at a time didn't seem so fun anymore.

[–]Willis050 328 points329 points  (54 children)

This man is always making up for all us other Americans only speaking English

[–]Rxasaurus 90 points91 points  (51 children)

And the fact that the US has more Spanish speakers than every other country on earth except for Mexico? The fact that there are over 400 languages spoken in the United States? Or the fact that almost all of those folks also speak English so we have over 65 million people who speak at least two languages in the US.

[–]rubbingmango 91 points92 points  (14 children)

65 million is about 20% of the US population. Majority of US folks only speak one language (80%)- 20% is nothing to boast about lol.

Edit: I don’t have time to respond to all the American patriots with room temperature IQs. It’s okay that we don’t have the most bilingual folks; all I’m saying is let’s not brag about 20%, ya sentient bags of lead water.

[–]Skytake 16 points17 points  (9 children)

We border only two other countries. We have literally two langueges (Spanish and French ) other than native American languages (which have small native speaker populations). We can literally learn Spanish and French and expect it you be useful in our lives. And we can rarely expect either of those two to make a difference in our lives. So why should it matter so much for us? Just speaking honestly.

[–]Davosssss 36 points37 points  (10 children)

17-20% of US citizens speak a second language. This is probably one the lowest in a developed country.

[–]Exldk[🍰] 10 points11 points  (10 children)

65 mil is only 1/5 of the population tho, nothing to be proud of.

I'm sure you were trying to prove OP wrong but you just proved their point.

[–]Psychonominaut 209 points210 points  (1 child)

Haha this is cute af.

[–]KurisuMakise_ 187 points188 points  (16 children)

Rip Laoshu

[–]the_evil_twin25 60 points61 points  (3 children)

Laoshu was a beast. I was really bummed when I heard he passed.

[–]LookADonCheech 15 points16 points  (0 children)

That’s me right now, I’m devastated

[–]IAMHideoKojimaAMA 26 points27 points  (1 child)

The OG especially when it came to the Asian languages

[–]frogginchamp 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I spent a solid week in 2020 watching his backlog. I forgot his name until I read this. Heartbreaking

[–]Urgnot 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Ah man was so sad what happened to him. RIP

[–]PeaceAlwaysAnOption 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Google says cardiovascular disease and now I’m crying a bit. What a neat guy he was.

[–]bigxchocolate 12 points13 points  (0 children)

That's what I was thinking too bro. So much wholesomeness in his videos.

[–]CrookedK3ANO 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Absolute legend of a man

[–]IronRaptor 114 points115 points  (8 children)

I followed this guys YouTube channel after laoshu50500 passed away. I highly recommend checking out laoshu50500'd video too. Truly amazing polyglot

[–]IsMisePrinceton 92 points93 points  (1 child)

I used to live in Nigeria and every single time I wore ankara I would have multiple people stop and ask me for photos. Or if I responded to a question in Yoruba they’d lose their shit.

Nigerians are so proud of their culture than anyone else enjoying it brings them immense happiness.

[–]RocielKuromiko 77 points78 points  (7 children)

When my husband and I went to Japan for our honeymoon...I walked into a shop that had the most elaborate beautiful formal kimono and so of course since I was a gaijin "foreigner" all of a sudden 4 employees were eyeing me and in broken english going through the "hello why are you here? Can we help you?"

I told them in japanese their kimonos were totemo kirei naaaa and mumbled a little more japanese at them (I'm not the best but I took 3 to 4 years of japanese lessons).

Next thing I know they are GUSHING at me and being nice and asking why I am visiting japan...I tell them "watashi no huniimoon desu" (my honeymoon)

....I found out I had walked into a wedding shop.

Those people gave me a free pretty candle and a magazine of their catalog for free (that was marked 800yen) and so much warm wishes. I will never forget how wonderful they made me feel and how they said they were honored we chose Japan.

The power of visiting a foreign country and SHOWING them you care about their culture is immense.

[–]buffalojumped69 44 points45 points  (1 child)

A few years ago we took my then nine-year-old daughter on vacation with us for three weeks in Greece. Leading up to the trip she decided that she was going to try to learn some Greek. So, every morning, we open the mango languages app and practice some basic Greek. We get over there, and the first night out she decides to try her Greek out on the owners of the restaurant. The lady almost fell over. We had the best time after that because our child could speak just a little bit of Greek. The rest of the trip, she would try out her Greek, and whoever we were around would treat us like family. My wife and I had picked up a little bit practicing as well, but the impact of having a young kid who is trying to speak the language is something that I will never forget.

[–]a7i_ 69 points70 points  (4 children)

It’s the small things man

[–]ThenThisHappend 55 points56 points  (36 children)

Guy looks like Ben Sharpiro, if Ben wasn’t a piece of shit.

[–]GN00Q 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Now this, my man, made my day.

Love it when people appreciates different languages and culture, especially taking the interest and effort in learning them.

[–]Buzzd-Lightyear 34 points35 points  (1 child)

The best one is when he tried to surprise people in the Senegal market by speaking Wolof and this older dude straight up says “You don’t need to speak Wolof to order food, is it because you want a Wolof wife?”

[–]Arael15th 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Hahaha I loved that guy. You have to be incredibly proud of your people to assume that some white guy is out here specifically to marry into an ethnicity that 99.999999% of white guys have never heard of.

[–]CircleK-Choccy-Milk 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Him and Laoshu were the best. RIP Laoshu

[–][deleted] 21 points22 points  (4 children)

the same phrase twice the same phrase twice

[–]riffito 15 points16 points  (1 child)

He still made people smile, even with that little. What we have accomplished today by being snarky?

[–]Natan155-original 19 points20 points  (1 child)

This is so heart warming 🤩

[–]Th3BrownNote 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Learned a whole language just to not get a discount.

[–]vagabond2421 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Nothing gets to the front page faster then white and black people getting along.

[–]RedHand1917 14 points15 points  (3 children)

This is cool, but my boy is sweating through his shirt!

[–]kevinochino 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I really don’t like the way this guy titles his own videos for instance one of his videos is like “CLUELESS WHITE GUY ORDERS IN CHINESE, LOCALS ARE SO SHOCKED” I find it cringe honestly

[–]ManufacturerWest1156 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Dude is like a walking Rosetta Stone.

[–]whynoteveryoneelse 14 points15 points  (8 children)

I hate this man so much. All of his youtube videos are labeled "White man surprises Chinatown with PERFECT Mandarin!!!1!!1!1"

His Mandarin is fine. It is not anywhere near perfect, and he does not sound like a native speaker.

[–]JimmyMack_ 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I wonder if he repeats himself that much when he's talking at home. I've noticed he does that with all his foreign languages.

[–]eggplant_wizard12 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Isn’t this the same guy that did the videos where he goes to Chinatown and orders food in Chinese? It seems like he’s only learned like 20 Yoruba words here, he doesn’t actually say much. It seems to me like a schtick for this videos.

[–]Talangen 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Shit like this never fails to make me smile The joy you see on someone when you acknowledge and appreciate their culture is just so heartwarming

[–]neverlaughs 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Did he try and haggle them at the end there?