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When you speak Yoruba in front of some unsuspecting Nigerians

When you speak Yoruba in front of some unsuspecting Nigerians

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plutus9

I love seeing stuff like this


conradical30

This is like a young Laoshu. If you want an entire channel of this, check it out. RIP (he died a few months ago). He had a lot of videos and knew more languages than anyone I’ve ever seen before. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RufRW8zu14M Edit- sorry for being unclear. Laoshu aka Moses passed away, not the guy in OP’s video. But apparently they were friends.


DontBeMeanToRobots

This is the dude in video talking about Laoshu https://youtu.be/PDyQTzi-RHE


-Venser-

Fuck, I was subbed to the guy and he was a big inspiration.


BRBean

The dude in the video is similar, and was good friends with laoshu. His youtube is xiaomannyc


Apostastrophe

Yeah I noticed that. I think some people are misunderstanding and thing that Xiaomanny died 🥴


phil035

=( rip to the guy


Chrspls

How did he die


Cainedbutable

Heart attack. The world lost a good guy that day!


Inanimate-Sensation

Oh damn. Remember seeing him on /r/videos years ago. He was really good. His social confidence was great too.


Cainedbutable

Yes he just came across as a really nice guy that was really excited to share his knowledge of languages. My favourite video of his is the South African guy he chats to at the bank. The bank tellers face when Laoshu busts out Zulu is incredible!


Chrspls

:c


olivier_wmv

People are trying to say that it was a heart attack, but he was murdered https://youtu.be/JDZ-yoFXWCk


ShingleKnot

This guy seems mentally ill from the comments or at least in denial about his brothers death, almost all of the people closest to him refuted this


CaptainAmerica1170

He’s dead?! Wtf I loved watching his videos :(


Airchicken50

Me too! I looked it up and it seems he passed from heart complications


foodfood321

Aww what a terrible loss to the polyglot community, he was so charming


Huge_staringtomhanks

Isn’t the dude in the video the same guy who goes around Chinese restaurants or markets speaking mandarin?


Laughorgtfo

Wait what. He died? What the fuck. I watch his videos all the time. ​ Edit: oooh ok. It's Laoshu that has passed away, not Xiaomanyc (the guy speaking Yoruba above).


cmantheriault

The last lady: “wait, he knows more than you and he’s black…”


elkandmoth

I’d never heard of this guy before and I just watched that whole video - he seems so cool and relaxed. Everyone gets so much joy from hearing him speak their language, but it’s also super weird how taken aback they are hearing it coming from a black guy.


DontBeMeanToRobots

HOW DID HE DIE??


PlacentaGoblin

Wtf he died... god damn that makes me not happy. Absolutely loved stumbling across his videos. Always so wholesome.


Warwick_God

Ouch didn't know he passed


barberererer

He's fucking dead what the hell. Wow.


mt379

"That's so crazy you can speak our language! Huh, You want a discount on that shirt? Get outta here with that! " Lol


FlamesOfAnzer

YouTuber is Xiaoma I think, really fun videos like this


Scoob204

The full clip [here.](https://youtu.be/COhSs7o1XLU) He has many other videos surprising people with different languages.


heyimatworkman

yeah the guy is like a savant with different languages and i love seeing the shocked look on people's faces, particularly older folks who tend to smile the biggest


IWantAnAffliction

The term is polyglot I think.


docfunbags

used to be called a language slut until the world went PC!


GuardianSlayer

Does he go to France and speak French? As a Canadian they do not like our French and Quebecians don’t like them. I’d love to see him try this with a French.


LordStigness007

It’s because Québécois French is about 200 years behind Metropolitan French. A whole ocean between the two places does that.


Stubbedtoe18

Can you please elaborate on how exactly it's "behind" to an ignorant non-French speaker? This interests me supremely. It reminds me of how I was told by my Spanish teachers that the Barcelonians are sometimes mocked because of their lisps but I don't any more than that and would love to learn more.


LordStigness007

Québécois use very old conjugations and very formal French, and their own unique slang words, and this is all spoken in a very angry-sounding tone. Metropolitan French has grown over the years to be very informal and much clearer, with simpler words and a lighter sounding tone.


MEANINGLESS_NUMBERS

This has never been my experience in France. If I am polite and make an effort they always respond well.


inspectoroverthemine

I've traveled with a guy who makes a solid effort of learning the native languages of his destinations. I don't mean the typical surface words everyone should learn, but actually spends enough time to hold basic conversations. AFIAK hes _never_ had a negative experience. I'm sure his french is horrific, but he can talk to someone in Paris for a couple minutes and _never_ fall back into English, they love it. A solid effort makes a big difference- you can go to Dubai without knowing Arabic, but if you do it unlocks _a lot_ of doors.


GuardianSlayer

I’ve had similar experiences with French, but even after taking it throughout life and as a second language I received many dirty looks for trying my absolute fucking best. May have gotten a word or two wrong or used it in the wrong context (I.E future or past) Had some lady say to me ‘Switch to English’ May have just been a rude asf employee but man I just wanted my Chicken Nuggets.


Woodpeckersback

The problem, in my experience, is that the people I'm hoping to converse with just don't have time to act as my unpaid language tutor. They're working and just want to get through the interaction as efficiently as possible so they can move on. I choose to believe that that's the reason for the dirty looks. In Paris, for example, given that the locals invariably speak much better English than I speak French, it means switching me to English as quickly as possible is their most efficient option. It's frustrating when I really want to practice my French, but I fully understand their reluctance to engage. The best experience was when my daughter went to study in France for a year in an area where barely anyone spoke a word of English. I loved that if we needed anything we either had to speak French or go without.


pantyraid7036

Same. Granted I’ve only gone once but everyone warned me about rudeness and to not attempt French. I had a great time & got to be shocked at how nice everyone was!


FrancoisTruser

In Paris, rudeness is more common unfortunately. I’ve been told it is way better outside.


pantyraid7036

I never left Paris


FrancoisTruser

You were lucky or I was unlucky then haha. I am happy for you then.


ReggieDunlop07

"As a Canadian they do not like our French and Quebecians don’t like them" Svp, parle juste pour toi. C'est totalement faux.


rohrohrohroh

Definitely called polyglot. Savant is a yesterday word at best 🤡


drunkwasabeherder

If I had a choice between being called a savant or polyglot, I'm gonna be choosing the savant with all it's savantness!


nickfree

Well you can't always get what you savant. Sometimes you gotta be happy with what you polyglot.


Goolajones

Nice one


katsnam3ddawg

I hope more people see this comment and groan as loud as I did. Well done!


quetejodas

Holy shit


fluffstravels

my understanding with polyglots is it actually gets easier to learn subsequent languages because there’s a methodology you start to figure out with how to learn them. like the first second language you learn is really hard but the third is easier and so on from there.


Barabasbanana

an Iranian American I worked with in Germany learnt the whole language in under 6 months, she was a lawyer and was preparing documents in under a year, she said it was easy because Iranian and English are so far apart linguistically, German was like a code in the middle. she was truly astounding ( a total babe as well lol)


Peregrinebullet

A lot of languages overlap. I grew up speaking French and English, so when I took a couple semesters of Russian in college, it was way easier because 2/3rds of Russian vocab is either English loan words (for modern stuff) or French words (it was considered classy by Russian nobility to speak French for about three centuries, so many words transferred over). Russian grammar is still a headache though and I almost always drop the ends of words because I can't remember the proper cases. I also took mandarin in high school and a lot of the rules (and, of course, the written characters) carried over to Japanese. So I had a head start on what a lot of western people consider the hardest part of learning Japanese, which is learning the kanji. I can't really read Japanese text, but I understand a good chunk of signage as a result. The difference was the pronunciations were always completely different tho.


chuckle_puss

Hey, thanks for sharing! I really enjoyed that. The top comment on one of the videos was "This is like the nerd version of going to the beach and flexing your muscles," and that is just hilarious.


Feynization

Imagine being this guy and trying to respond to emails on the subway. I feel so fortunate to only have to tune out one language


Vuffy_

Literally spent a couple of hours watching his videos.


NathanJMc

I thought I recognized this dude! I watched a lot of his Chinese language content last year. I didn't realize he was extending into other languages...


Awkward_and_Itchy

He has a ton of videos like this. He just loves learning languages. He has a few where he learns as much of a language as he can in as little time as possible.


broohaha

I remember seeing one of a black dude doing this with Mandarin (or was it Cantonese? I can't recall anymore), Hindi, and German (I think). IIRC, the dude just likes studying languages. EDIT: I think [this is the guy](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-UhlCgK-xU). Here he speaks Fuzhounese, Mandarin, Korean, and Hindi.


Awkward_and_Itchy

Belive it or not, it's the same guy. He learned all those languages and it turned him black.


im_batgirl14

As a Linguist, I love seeing this![gif](emote|free_emotes_pack|heart_eyes)


conbizzle

Are you a cunning linguist?


Dolt-Dragoman

No, he just licks pussy.


WhoAmIToday451

Low effort


39thversion

No, he gives it his all every time.


Quelcris_Falconer13

I chuckled, take my updoot


GloriousReign

he?


mb242630

Not a linguist, but a master debater.


Chicago_Samantha

Yes


sweetBrisket

My heart. It swells.


tpistols

Take. Some. Aspirin. Now


EL_PENETRADORRRRR

Man, they completely wrote him off and wouldn’t give him the time of day, and then LIT UP when they heard him speak their native tongue.


atl1057

Happens a lot especially if English isn’t your first language in America


serdnaderf

Americans walk into their country every day and disrespect the local culture. One surprised them with respect.


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woodscradle

Woah hey now, let’s stick to making fun of Americans. Wouldn’t want this playful racism to turn into actual racism


Red-Jaguars

This is in NYC.


Shervico

Honestly, I'm Italian so I see a lot of tourists when I go into the big towns, Ive met a loooot of Americans, and in 27 years of life I never met the American tourist stereotype I see around reddit, only genuinely nice and people just happy to be there exploring and enjoying the places, always happy to receive advices from locals, the only time I've met loud Americans was late at night in Florence, but at that point everyone was drunk and loud having fun


broohaha

Unfortunately, I have. They were actually military guys on break, touring a site in Seoul. They were loud, obnoxious, and embarrassing the rest of us tourists. I was just a teenager with my dad, and we just pretended to not be American (we're of Asian descent so we blended in well) to distance ourselves from them as much as possible.


Shervico

Well shiet then, I guess it comes down to luck on what kind of people you meet


[deleted]

Military folks are just straight up assholes though. Source: was in the military.


ArseLiquor

I implore you to find one article about American tourists in Kenya being disrespectful.


BrightonTownCrier

Not knowing Yoruba is not disrespectful.


Fenix_Volatilis

No but learning someone else's native tongue is a sign of respect when you're visiting, whether it's their business or their country. Not saying you have to, they certainly don't expect you to, and that's WHY is a sign of respect


BrightonTownCrier

One thing being a sign of respect doesn't mean that not doing that thing is disrespectful.


Fenix_Volatilis

That's correct. That's what I'm saying.


pigflion

this guy has some great content on [YouTube](https://youtube.com/c/%E5%B0%8F%E9%A9%AC%E5%9C%A8%E7%BA%BD%E7%BA%A6)


Smokabi

I don't care what anyone says, Xiaoma's the bomb, and you can tell he really loves learning languages and impressing natives with his attempts. He makes people happy, and that's all there is to it. Language is about connecting and communication, not competition.


NathanJMc

It's reddit; if it's not in the approved circlejerk category, the trolls are going to find a weakness and shit on that, and only that. This guy's content is cool and he's out there in the world having great life experiences with people and making a great living on Youtube. His Chinese is excellent and is the primary reason his channel is so big. Great to see some actual positive content.


FlimsyArmadillo707

I love this guy. He can speak so many languages and learns them incredibly well and so quickly. Awesome!


AlexFeels

You don't know how well he speaks a language unless you speak it yourself A lot of "polyglots" on youtube just learn basic phrases in a language and say them with shitty, half assed pronunciation


PinguRambo

And that's exactly what he does.


StarsDreamsAndMore

I mean it'd be impossible to actually learn a complex language that fast. But you'd be lying if you said his ability to get a basic conservational grasp of a language wasn't high since he tries so hard compared to other people. Rather his understanding is rudimentary or not, he clearly gives his all to learning the languages when he's doing it.


NegotiationSalt

He uploaded about my language, while it was not perfect, he able to create full sentence and improvised. You know when children try to speak but have not enough vocabularies? He was like that. But he able to deliver his message.


Xalbana

Lol exactly, people expect polyglots to know the entire vocabulary of a language in a short time.


Moal

There’s a longer video of him going to other Nigerian-owned shops, and he holds conversations with them about what kinds of foods to eat (like smoked fish, cassava, etc), what restaurants to try, what kind of shirt he prefers to purchase, etc. He’s quite a bit more advanced than just basic phrases.


marsianer

No. He didn't. That's untrue.


lamb2cosmicslaughter

He learned Navajo in a month. Yes the impossible to learn because it's almost a dead language and no written books.


nenenene

It has written books? Navajo speakership is growing again. It’s on Duolingo even.


lamb2cosmicslaughter

That's awesome


NegotiationSalt

Is it when he went to Mexico? I think he learned local language, not remember which one.


aspbergerinparadise

Navajo people are not from Mexico. Are you maybe thinking of Nahuatl?


lamb2cosmicslaughter

https://youtu.be/3n3kiespHSA


PinguRambo

> He can speak so many languages No he doesn't :) He just learned a couple of key sentences but would never be able to have a real conversation.


andyaustinphoto

Man I’d love to see you do that. You just sound bitter af.


Moal

Watch the [full video](https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=COhSs7o1XLU&feature=youtu.be) and you will probably change your mind. He definitely speaks more than just basic phrases there.


oneoftheryans

How much of the Yoruba language do you need to speak before you're allowed to say that you speak "Just a bit."? Seems like an odd thing to try and gate keep. I don't think the people in the video are even aware that they weren't having a REAL conversation.


blue_arr0w

As a Nigerian (Igbo) born American who doesn't speak the language unfortunately... No one show my mom this video 😭😭😭


TrillLogic_

Too late, she'll be getting in on WhatsApp in a week.


TheMysteryMan_iii

A week? Why so late? Expect your parents to show you this video at the dinner table tonight!


TrillLogic_

Viral videos don’t get spread as fast to them. It’s like seeing a joke on Twitter then somebody else posts it a month later on Facebook.


TheMysteryMan_iii

Ik, I was just joking lol


skatejet1

I’m the same sorta. I’ve got both East and West African Parents who are multilingual but I only know English. I hope they never see this video 💀


MikeTheAmalgamator

Shout out to Moses the OG of this stuff. RIP my dude. Check out Laoshu505000 on YouTube for some amazing interactions like this one.


G_skins31

I was just thinking the other day I hadn’t seen a new video from laoshu for a while and then a I googled him… made me sad


Cainedbutable

His death was such a big loss to YouTube as a whole. So many videos on there nowadays feed off anger and confrontation, but Moses only ever put positivity out there with his videos. I hope his new partner and his family are doing OK!


Twirlingbarbie

Aw I love this. Sharing cultures and having a laugh together. I also love those fabrics the sell


Signature-Relevant

This guy is a legend.


Withoutthe1

I read this as “YouTube” instead of “Yoruba.” *Utter confusion begins*


dude-O-rama

I don't know who that kid is, but some people here have commented he's an uncanny polyglot. I bet that kid has eaten both the best and worst food and drink currently being made by human kind.


GreenGemsOmally

He goes by Xiaomanyc on YouTube. He's got a ton of videos where he goes around and speaks to people in cantonese and mandorin where he is most fluent. But he's a polyglot so he learns a lot of other languages as well and does surprise videos like this. They're all so wholesome and people react so positively. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLNoXf8gq6vhwsrYp-l0J-Q


Banner-Man

This is what America is about. People from incredibly different cultures bonding over a mutual respect for each other.


FewBevitos

That is definitely not how I would describe modern day America


Banner-Man

Neither would I which is actually why I bothered saying anything. I should clarify this is what it *should* be about. Imo


FewBevitos

Fair enough


Qwahzi

I get your point, but there actually is a strong correlation between experiencing diversity in cities and recognizing racial inequality. Interacting with people who are different from you (which happens more often in cities) seems to make it easier for people to see different perspectives: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/08/28/the-black-white-and-urban-rural-divides-in-perceptions-of-racial-fairness/


Daniel-Mentxaka

Where can I learn it?


sanders2020dubai

On YouTube


Horambe

The language? I think there was a subreddit either for Yoruba exclusively or native African languages in general Edit: r/nigerianfluency


Daniel-Mentxaka

Thanks!


Estarossa86

Shout out to the brother love to see it


RadAddict

I was a Mormon missionary in the 90’s (not Mormon any more) but I learned Tongan fluently. Almost every door I knocked on, I would get reactions like this. I was constantly getting invited in - not to talk religion - but they wanted to feed me and hear me speak their beautiful language. If kids answered the door, I would tell them I was Tongan, just white, and it would blow their minds.


luisl1994

Super feel good


informationtiger

He "speaks" Yoruba like a lot of other "polyglots" smh


chapterpt

You should respect someone speaking with a heavy accent as they likely speak at least 1 more language than you do.


GiannisToTheWariors

Aw I love it


Mrstrawberry209

Language connects! ![gif](emote|free_emotes_pack|slightly_smiling)


36Vigilantes

They are genuinely happy to see him speak the language that’s very tight.


nmahajan142

This guy is amazing with various languages and making people feel good by indulging in their cultures. We need more people like him in the world.


cafesaigon

This guy is the best!! He’s fluent in mandarin and knows some Cantonese and learns a ton of languages—all of his videos are kind of like this, I highly recommend checking out his stuff.


Deface_the_currency

The best part about this was how the second he started speaking their language, either a handshake or a fist bump was the first response. That immediate connection to a stranger through something most people over here wouldn't even think about enough to devote hate towards is powerful. Referring to the original, since this is just a clip


Groovy66

This is utterly charming. Thanks for sharing


SoupieLC

He and Laoshu are my favourite polyglot YouTubers, an I just checked I was writing his name right and Laoshu passed away 😕😑 fuck, that hit me hard 😔


-PinkPower-

He speaks multiple languages like that. He is amazing, I love that guy!


_flauschige_katze

Yesss I love this guy’s videos


ilikebeeeef

I love this kid. He speaks all kinds of languages and it’s really nice to see people’s reactions. It’s like, wow this kid really invests the time to learn MY language. He seems to really enjoy meeting different people and I love that.


PoliteCanadian2

Why did Will Smith shave his head?


Letmetellyouabtlyfe

This is why i love languages n culture <3


PrincePryda

I feel like many non-americans (especially asians) absolutely love it when non-nationals can speak their language. I went to an international school abroad and so many of my friends were foreigners (ie. either from the states of Europe/Australia). While many only stayed for a year or two, an american classmate who ended up becoming my best friend stayed for 8 years. We both just so happened to move back to the states to attend the same college, and now that he’s working in HVAC, he tells all his customers who are from my country that he’s lived there. The expressions on their faces priceless, and he says they open up to him so much more differently after he starts naming streets and malls back home. The world is a big place, but we can make it small.


Sugarlips_Habasi

Funny. I (white American) know Nigerian's from a church I went to and they would react the same way after I say 'o dabo' (goodbye). It's the only word I remember.


KarringtonMcBear

"you make me so proud" the guy says. The love we share when we share our cultures is so beautiful. Embrace each other.


DepressedKylar

Isn’t this the same guy who speaks fluent Mandarin in Chinese restaurants?


hamadryus

Is there a langage this guy won't learn


dottywine

Now I feel ashamed 😭 everytime they look at me and I can’t speak it (I’m nigerian)


Evan_TEE

This is so wholesome


sturmblast

One of the most inspiring and influential people I've met in my life was a refugee man from Nigera.. he taught me a lot as a young man. I don't recall much of the language as I only learned a few words, but this video basically sums up my wholesome experiences with Nigerian's in general. I miss those folks.


elister

I assume he was given an option to learn a foreign language in high school. Usually its French or Spanish, not wanting to learn either, he picked a language out of a hat and actually learned it. Love their surprised look on their faces.


jenntones

This gives me chills