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Posts Tagged ‘Finland’

For those of you who have missed the Ukulele World Tour posts, I have finally found a bit of time to scan for the latest world videos. Today’s selection include ukulele videos from Finland, Brazil, Thailand, Germany, Denmark and Italy.

6 Countries, 4 languages… I hope you enjoy!

1. Country: Finland / Language: English

Jussi and Michael cover Have You Ever Seen The Rain by the band Creedence Clearwater Revival

2. Country: Brazil / Language: Brazilian Portuguese

Thanks to Marcelo from the blog Ukulele Brasil, here is Brazilian ukulele player Ivo Mozart in Mocinho do cinema.

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If you are still struggling with the pronunciation of the name of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull despite this video, then I am slightly worried the longest Finnish word might be beyond your depth : epäjärjestelmällisyydellistyttämättömyydellänsäkäänköhän

The word, which is actually a collection of words put together sounds like this :

Puzzled about its meaning ?

Hank W. has made the following attempt at splitting the word into its composite words to give a definition of its meaning (source …

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Snow has coated the vineyards of Burgundy today, reminding us that winter is just a couple of days away.

To get even more wintery, we’ll be visiting Finland where Santa is believed to have his dwelling somewhere in the far North.

There we find Jussi and Michael and their usual contagious enthusiasm in a swinging ukulele cover of I saw her standing there by The Beatles. This should help shake the snow away !

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Today I’m inviting you to a world tour of fingerstyle ukulele players from 9 different countries. You’ll be able to hear different styles of music interpreted by players from different horizons, showing the versatility of the ukulele.

1. United-States

Tim, from the United States is playing a version of Larry O’Gaff. The parts where the video is in color are from John King‘s version, and those where the video is in black and white are adapted from James Hill‘s version.

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As a linguist I have tried to bring together two of my interests in this post : ukulele and languages.

So here is a little tour of Europe with songs in different languages.

1. Latin countries : Spanish – Lamento borincano (song from Puerto Rico)

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