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Choir of Young Believers — Hollow Talk
Album: This Is for the White in Your Eyes
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Released: 2009
Length: 5:15
Plays (last 30 days): 4
Echoes start as a cross in you,
Trembling noises that come to soon.
Spatial movement which seems to you,
Resonating your mask or feud.
Hollow talking and hollow girl,
Force it up from the root of pain.

Never said it was good, never said it was near,
Shadow rises and you are here.

And then you cut;
You cut it out,
And everything
Goes back to the beginning.

Silence seizes a cluttered room,
Light is shed not a breath too soon.
Darkness rises in all you do,
Standing and drawn across the room.
Spatial movements are butterflies
Shadows scatter without a fire.

There's never been bad, there has always been truth,
Muted whisper of the things she'll move.

And then you cut;
You cut it out.
And everything
Goes back to the beginning.

Never said it was good, never said it was new,
Muted whisper of the things you feel.
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Takes me back to The Bridge every time it's played on RP.
Enunciate!
Thanks RP!  I now have the lyrics from one of the best TV series ever -- The Bridge.
I thought it a bit Georgio Moroder"esque"
Great song from an even better series (Broen). BTW, those upset about not deciphering the lyrics. Try REM’s “first” album ( Murmur). Two headed cow anyone?
I love this one. Actually went and got my own copy for listening when I need a good, quiet song. 
Followed by Godless by The Dandy Warhols. 
Nice segue, Bill. 
Chills
hollow song
First time I ever heard that on the radio without it being in the tv show.
 
This is actually a really great song.
 
 alain.brault wrote:
Love this song.  Listening in the context of this sub-titled Scandinavian TV show (Excellent!), it took me a while to realise they were singing in English.

Where's the shame emoticon?....
 
NO shame in having difficulty understanding the annunciation on this tune.
I do like the song , but would not know the lyrics without reading them. 
 milleronic wrote:
Playlist says Choir of Young Believers - Bring on the Night by the Police is playing... 

Ghost in the Machine? 
 

Playlist says Choir of Young Believers - Bring on the Night by the Police is playing... 

Ghost in the Machine? 
Whoa, with those opening piano notes, I thought it was gonna be Roger Water's 'Wait For Her'.
The most indecipherable lyrics ever. Adam Buxton had a good crack at them though - https://youtu.be/nIFg-5rbnYg




A co star does a cross, safe 'hmmmm',
Chimp annoys his Dad Colin too soon
Special Moo Moo which sings to Hugh
There's a meeting in a man's cold Fiat
Harlow Town gimme hollow girth!
Four sit out from the moat of pee
You said it was cool, Neville said it was smeared
Cheryl rises, and you are Hugh
 Daveteauk wrote:
 dnorden wrote:
Not sure if I'm rating the music or the TV series now as they are inextricably linked for me now. Either way, both are outstanding. Not a TV watcher as a rule but the Bridge was one of the best things I've seen. I miss a good saga...
 Then watch the series 'American Gods'. it will drag you in, like a drug; it's superb. Series two starting in a couple of Months.
 

Agreed.  Not sure the second season is as good as the first.  In praise of Odin.
 dnorden wrote:
Not sure if I'm rating the music or the TV series now as they are inextricably linked for me now. Either way, both are outstanding. Not a TV watcher as a rule but the Bridge was one of the best things I've seen. I miss a good saga...
 Then watch the series 'American Gods'. it will drag you in, like a drug; it's superb. Series two starting in a couple of Months.
Love this song.  Listening in the context of this sub-titled Scandinavian TV show (Excellent!), it took me a while to realise they were singing in English.

Where's the shame emoticon?....
Not sure if I'm rating the music or the TV series now as they are inextricably linked for me now. Either way, both are outstanding. Not a TV watcher as a rule but the Bridge was one of the best things I've seen. I miss a good saga...
Saga Norén, Länskrim Malmö
This song was not written for the "Bron/Broen" (The Bridge) TV series; album was out 2 years before the first season was aired.
I loved the show, now and then i re- watch it again, i actually like Scandinavian cinematography, so this song will always take me to that picture of bridge, gray sky, gray blue waters...
Exactly
The Bridge has now broadcast the last series in the UK. Sadly.

Lemonhead wrote:
From Danish/Swedish drama - The Bridge.

Haunting. Beautiful.

Perfect for such a haunting TV series. If you haven't watched, watch! The Scandinavian version only 

{#Embarassed} 


 

Dreary. Bla. I guess it's great if you've seen the TV show?
'Everything goes back to the beginning. ..' atmospheric song for a crackingly good TV series.....The Bridge. Watching the last ever series...episode 2 tonight!
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Yes, It's back ...
 
I don't know this TV series but I like this music and if it is representative of the quality of the show then I need to start watching it!
Yes, It's back ...
 HerbEppel wrote:

Seconded! {#Cool}

 
{#Yes}
 Lemonhead wrote:
From Danish/Swedish drama - The Bridge.

Haunting. Beautiful.

Perfect for such a haunting TV series. If you haven't watched, watch! The Scandinavian version only 

{#Embarassed} 


 
Seconded! {#Cool}
 gjeeg wrote:
Haunted vibe of Alt-J.

 
Totally... Love them both.
I love reading back over a thread where lots of folks express a preference for the original foreign film or TV series.

For those who enjoy a little rough action, see  Message from the King.

Maybe it helps to have travelled Cape Town and the townships.  Set (mostly) in Los Angeles, I love the exotic sensibilities displayed in the film.  
Still find this a haunting song, beautiful...
Jörg_Asmussen:  Tuck.

When I looked DR1 was translated as DR1.  Must have fixed it.  -hehe- 
 Rozsa wrote:
 ...  And I wonder when it will be released?
 
https://www.dr.dk/om-dr/nyheder/fjerde-saeson-af-broen-i-2018-og-saa-er-det-slut

translation (I love it when Google translates DR1 to BBC1 :)
Will they keep this song for Season 4? And I wonder when it will be released?
 
 LizK wrote:

Subtitles are a badly-done afterthought.  I joined Netflix years ago to access Kurosawa's older films.  Have you seen 'No Regrets for Our Youth'. an anti-war feminist drama, released in 1945?  Kurosawa's skills as a storyteller had much improved by the time he made  'Rashomon.'   But subtitles are too-often, too small, or white on white, black on black, hard to read.  'Kagemusha"  is a much better read than ''Rashomon.'
The French were particularly guilty of poor subtitles.   There's something on now called 'The Last Panther' about the war in Kosovo.  Lots of subtitles, very readable. 

 
No, I haven't seen it but will search it out now!
 Lemonhead wrote:
From Danish/Swedish drama - The Bridge.

Haunting. Beautiful.

Perfect for such a haunting TV series. If you haven't watched, watch! The Scandinavian version only 

{#Embarassed} 


 
I'm about half way through season 1. I agree, this song is perfect, as is the show.
Even the cover artwork is beautiful

— Tak


nice set this morning!
From Danish/Swedish drama - The Bridge.

Haunting. Beautiful.

Perfect for such a haunting TV series. If you haven't watched, watch! The Scandinavian version only 

{#Embarassed} 

 DavidS_UK wrote:

Shame teh US won't import the original and watch it with sub titles, the magic of the programme is in the interplay between the location, the cast and the storyline and how it is shot.  Having it reproduced is like having a cheap copy watch.

The BBC did the same with the awful Kenneth Branagh version of Wallendar when there are already (two) great Swedish versions that far outweigh the terrible copy.

 
Subtitles are a badly-done afterthought.  I joined Netflix years ago to access Kurosawa's older films.  Have you seen 'No Regrets for Our Youth'. an anti-war feminist drama, released in 1945?  Kurosawa's skills as a storyteller had much improved by the time he made  'Rashomon.'   But subtitles are too-often, too small, or white on white, black on black, hard to read.  'Kagemusha"  is a much better read than ''Rashomon.'
The French were particularly guilty of poor subtitles.   There's something on now called 'The Last Panther' about the war in Kosovo.  Lots of subtitles, very readable. 
Don't care much for the song but the series is great. Some music is just indelibly linked to a movie or TV series.
 fredriley wrote:

Oh, loads, I'm sure. As you're plainly a fan of silliness, the Irish 'sitcom' Father Ted is an absolute must to see. Feckin' hilarious!

Drink! Feck! Arse! Girls! :o)

 
So true, so very true
And after 'The Bridge' we now have 'Trapped' courtesy of the great BBC4... Icelandic noir for a change... fab!
Haunted vibe of Alt-J.
 HoneyBearKelly wrote:

The Bridge series 3 is just amazing.
I think it's coming to BBC4 in a few weeks.
Catch it if you can.    



 
It's a beautiful piece of work, perfectly matched by this lovely piece of music.  Quality all round.
 fredriley wrote:

The US media doesn't seem to think that their public will take 'foreign' films or TV shows, and plainly reckon that remakes will sell better. I'm sure that the US viewing public is rather more sophisticated than that, but wtf do I know?

I disagree about the Branagh Wallander, though. I've read all the Wallander books, and I reckon that Branagh captured the man's character very well. I too prefer the Swedish originals (I just looooove the sound of Swedish :)) but Branagh made a good downbeat fist of it, I thought.

 

I see the point, but the English speaking market is lucrative enough that nearly everyone complies—even all the Swedish acts on RP that are singing in English.  And I think the US media knows exactly what it is doing.  Now I prefer (English sub-titled) original language films over English remakes.  I only heard about The Bridge from this thread and have virtually no interest in watching the American remake instead.  It is more than the language thing for me.  For example, I found Fincher's richly produced "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" to be inferior to the Swedish original.  There is an economy in some of these more starkly produced films that does a better job of sustaining tension and emotion.  Some of the "still" frames in the Bridge are fantastic.  
 HoneyBearKelly wrote:

The Bridge series 3 is just amazing.
I think it's coming to BBC4 in a few weeks.
Catch it if you can.    



 
I'll second that.   Exceptional TV drama.

And this song.  Just moved it from 8 to 9. 

The Bridge series 3 is just amazing.
I think it's coming to BBC4 in a few weeks.
Catch it if you can.    


missed this toon, seems like forever since it was played
 Lindo525 wrote:

fred,

I loved Monty Python
Fawlty Towers (all 3 episodes)
Who's line is it anyway (Yes, the British version)
and Dr Who (but really only the Tom Baker series)
Question: Have there been others that I missed?
 
Oh, loads, I'm sure. As you're plainly a fan of silliness, the Irish 'sitcom' Father Ted is an absolute must to see. Feckin' hilarious!

Drink! Feck! Arse! Girls! :o)
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
Great voice but the noisy orchestral bit in the middle sort of wrecks it for me.
 
Bumped it up to a 6 on second listen.
 fredriley wrote:

The US media doesn't seem to think that their public will take 'foreign' films or TV shows, and plainly reckon that remakes will sell better. I'm sure that the US viewing public is rather more sophisticated than that, but wtf do I know?

 
fred,

I loved Monty Python
Fawlty Towers (all 3 episodes)
Who's line is it anyway (Yes, the British version)
and Dr Who (but really only the Tom Baker series)
Question: Have there been others that I missed?

I'm afraid that I may have just proved your initial point and disproved your final point - Haven't I?
                                   
                                                      {#Wink}

BTW: Gave this song an 8 on my first listen. Keeping it there for now. Holding up very well for me!


Great voice but the noisy orchestral bit in the middle sort of wrecks it for me.
Just upgraded this to an 8 after finding I had already graded it once as a 6. Unfathomable. It's kinda haunting and kinda impenetrable. I like it.
Have always loved this song and was thrilled when they used it for the Scandinavian drama 'The Bridge'. I never get tired of it.
Great Hook!
 
 fredriley wrote:
The US media doesn't seem to think that their public will take 'foreign' films or TV shows, and plainly reckon that remakes will sell better. 

 
Personally, I think the US media remakes stuff so they can make their own money off someone else's idea.  I will agree, however, that Hollywood and the broadcast networks aim for a pretty low-IQ audience.  (Note: The Bridge is/was an FX show; not a broadcast network.)

Not that I'm sophisticated or anything, but I enjoy a lot of foreign movies — which would include Brit ones.


 rdo wrote:
And the Oscar for the most boring thread since time began goes to....

....
 
Gee, I dunno.   I thought Fredriley was incisively witty as usual.  
 vigimon wrote:
great song, great tv show (original danish/swedish) ...

 
Agree.   I would also like to highly recommend the original Danish-Swedish television show with sub-titles.  

Or is that DESPITE the sub-titles.

P.S.  I can still follow the gist of some of dialogue.  Close to Norsk - my first spoken language.
great song, great tv show (original danish/swedish) ...
Love The Bridge and have found this song so hauntingly beautiful.  I don't understand why so many of the reviews are so negative. Thanks RP for playing!
And the Oscar for the most boring thread since time began goes to....

Someone...please wake me when it is over and we are back to song comments... 
 fredriley wrote:

The US media doesn't seem to think that their public will take 'foreign' films or TV shows, and plainly reckon that remakes will sell better. I'm sure that the US viewing public is rather more sophisticated than that, but wtf do I know? 

I disagree about the Branagh Wallander, though. I've read all the Wallander books, and I reckon that Branagh captured the man's character very well. I too prefer the Swedish originals (I just looooove the sound of Swedish :)) but Branagh made a good downbeat fist of it, I thought.

   

colt4x5 wrote:

You are absolutely right, Fred. (Nearby posts about "pontificating" miss the mark.) Americans do have to remake everything, from The Office to Top Gear. Why, we even had to remake one of the great movies of all time, Wings of Desire, by staging it in Los Angeles. Ugh.

 
I think part of the re-make push is due to Americans' reluctance to deal with subtitles or accented English. I've seen British shows in America with subtitles—not Scottish shows mind you. (A great indie movie "My Name is Joe", set in Glasgow, definitely needed the provided translation...).

Americans can be pretty lazy and incurious when it comes to other countries. Sadly, our versions typically don't measure up to the originals. An American network (NBC?) did a horrible version of an outstanding Australian comedy, "Rake" with Kenneth Roxburgh. Definitely worth checking out the Oz version on Netflix streaming; most Yanks shouldn't need subtitles. 

I haven't seen the original Wallender but Branagh did a great job with the British version, although I got a bit annoyed with the near-constant sleep deprivation of the detectives.

Fred, you might like the sound of Swedish but ask the linguist in you: does angry Swedish speech really sound all that angry?  

 Ecocruiser wrote:
boring song, not worthy of RP :-)
 

 

Looks like you're in a minority on that one...
6 -> 3
boring song, not worthy of RP :-)
 
And whilst on cross-cultural crime... I suspect 'Heartland' (Welsh with sub-titles, set in Aberystwyth) has not made it to the US yet!
 fredriley wrote:

The US media doesn't seem to think that their public will take 'foreign' films or TV shows, and plainly reckon that remakes will sell better. I'm sure that the US viewing public is rather more sophisticated than that, but wtf do I know?

I disagree about the Branagh Wallander, though. I've read all the Wallander books, and I reckon that Branagh captured the man's character very well. I too prefer the Swedish originals (I just looooove the sound of Swedish :)) but Branagh made a good downbeat fist of it, I thought.

 
You are absolutely right, Fred. (Nearby posts about "pontificating" miss the mark.) Americans do have to remake everything, from The Office to Top Gear. Why, we even had to remake one of the great movies of all time, Wings of Desire, by staging it in Los Angeles. Ugh.
 fredriley wrote:
… they know their bridge-building, these Vikings {#War}
 
You got that right, Fred! (Amongst much else.)
Very nice!
Great theme song for a great show.
I must see The Bridge again!!
{#Heartkiss}
Fine quality, truthful lyrics, thank you Radio Paradise.
Immediately evokes images of the bridge in The Bridge.

Nice bitter-sweet edge. 
 HoneyBearKelly wrote:
... Diane Kruger is so awful it's distracting...

I thought she was playing a damaged & flawed personality tortured by the loss of her sister to madman who is now effectively lobotomized.

Maybe I misunderstood.

PS The program listing on Netflix indicates that Kruger is playing a character with Aspergers. 
I've been over the Oresund bridge on the train, en route from Esbjerg in Denmark to Gothenburg in Sweden, and it really is a stunning journey and a marvel of Scandinavian engineering. There are plenty of other amazing bridges on the way - they know their bridge-building, these Vikings {#War}

Photo of Oresund bridge
 rdo wrote:

Good God. Pontificating on "US media". When will this end?  Ignorance is alive and well.  {#Pray}  Please, Lord, save me from Fred.
 
 
(sigh) Did you note the text " doesn't seem to think " in the post? Do you understand the word 'conditional'?

If you want a flame war, O Barking One, take it to PMs and leave innocent bystanders out of it. Oh, for a killfile...
 fredriley wrote:

The US media doesn't seem to think that their public will take 'foreign' films or TV shows, and plainly reckon that remakes will sell better. I'm sure that the US viewing public is rather more sophisticated than that, but wtf do I know?

I disagree about the Branagh Wallander, though. I've read all the Wallander books, and I reckon that Branagh captured the man's character very well. I too prefer the Swedish originals (I just looooove the sound of Swedish :)) but Branagh made a good downbeat fist of it, I thought.

 

Good God. Pontificating on "US media". When will this end?  Ignorance is alive and well.  {#Pray}  Please, Lord, save me from Fred.
 





10, next
The voice is really interesting
 DavidS_UK wrote:

Shame teh US won't import the original and watch it with sub titles, the magic of the programme is in the interplay between the location, the cast and the storyline and how it is shot.  Having it reproduced is like having a cheap copy watch.

The BBC did the same with the awful Kenneth Branagh version of Wallendar when there are already (two) great Swedish versions that far outweigh the terrible copy.

 
The US media doesn't seem to think that their public will take 'foreign' films or TV shows, and plainly reckon that remakes will sell better. I'm sure that the US viewing public is rather more sophisticated than that, but wtf do I know?

I disagree about the Branagh Wallander, though. I've read all the Wallander books, and I reckon that Branagh captured the man's character very well. I too prefer the Swedish originals (I just looooove the sound of Swedish :)) but Branagh made a good downbeat fist of it, I thought.
 HoneyBearKelly wrote:
The U.S. version of The Bridge is pretty bad.
Diane Kruger is so awful it's distracting. Stopped watching after the second episode.
 
I disagree. I thought it was excellent, and the recent England/France version, "The Tunnel", was equally good.
 DavidS_UK wrote:

Shame teh US won't import the original and watch it with sub titles, the magic of the programme is in the interplay between the location, the cast and the storyline and how it is shot.  Having it reproduced is like having a cheap copy watch.

The BBC did the same with the awful Kenneth Branagh version of Wallendar when there are already (two) great Swedish versions that far outweigh the terrible copy.

 

I recommended to one our major networks (NBC) (which is doing horrible) that they should do the same thing as BBC4.
Saturday night, when they show repeats that nobody watched during the week, make it import night and event television.
I'm sure their ratings would be much improved.

But nobody listens to me.
 HoneyBearKelly wrote:
The U.S. version of The Bridge is pretty bad.
Diane Kruger is so awful it's distracting. Stopped watching after the second episode.

 
Shame teh US won't import the original and watch it with sub titles, the magic of the programme is in the interplay between the location, the cast and the storyline and how it is shot.  Having it reproduced is like having a cheap copy watch.

The BBC did the same with the awful Kenneth Branagh version of Wallendar when there are already (two) great Swedish versions that far outweigh the terrible copy.
I have been watching The Bridge II and really looking forward to the concluding episodes Saturday.
 
This music is the perfect start to the programme as just seems to catch the mood and set me up nicely for two hours of great watching
 
Great Stuff
 
IMHO, the second season of The Bridge was even better.

Long live Saga and Martin.
{#Yell}     8 >>>>>>>>>>>> 9
Ditto all the comments about both the music and the TV show The Bridge.  If you haven't seen it and have teh chance, go for it.
I love the tension in this one.  8
Hard to divorce the music from the TV.... about to watch episodes 7 and 8 tonight... don't tell me what's happened!!!

Music is still very good... but someone has bought the album based on this and tells me the rest is not as good. 
 DaidyBoy wrote:
The (original) Bridge is wonderful stuff - miss it at your peril.....

 
Caught up on series 2 over six hours last Saturday night, eagerly anticipating tonight's double play.

There's a lot I like about Denmark recently: The Bridge, Borgen (politics with humanity), Agnes Obel, these guys..... 
The (original) Bridge is wonderful stuff - miss it at your peril.....
 fredriley wrote:

Finnish is definitely the odd one out in Scandinavian languages. Fiendishly complex, distantly related to Hungarian, nothing like any other European language I know of. Luckily most Finns are at least bilingual with Swedish and usually have English and German as well. When in Denmark and Sweden last year I was struck by how similar, in writing, the languages are, yet how different they sound. I'm sure that us English speakers missed a hell of a lot of language-related references and jokes in The Bridge.

 
Finnish is not a scandinavian language, but a part of northern Finland belongs to the Scandinavian peninsula.
Watching season 2 of The Bridge now... thought an episode started spontaneously :)
 MusiqueMusique wrote:
Cheap Ennio Morricone knock-off. Can't sing in their own damn language.

 

Some languages are sinmply impossible for rock songs. Russian, for example!

But certainly all Scandinavian languages too! Not to forget Dutch!

Ennio Morricone? Laughable!

GREAT SONG!


 MusiqueMusique wrote:
Cheap Ennio Morricone knock-off. Can't sing in their own damn language.

 
Idiot.

Thanks RP,

just the right sound

just at the right time


 MusiqueMusique wrote:
Cheap Ennio Morricone knock-off. Can't sing in their own damn language.

 
Exactly which Ennio Morricone piece does this song resemble?  English is the language of pop/rock music - it has been since the beginning.
Atmospheric track that seemed perfectly in place in the Bridge, and yes - the Anglo/French remake is also very good.
Yawn.
 stunix wrote:

(lyrics)

 
Interesting lyrics -- but it's not necessary to post them. Just click the 'Lyrics" link ↑
Echoes start as a cross in you,
Trembling noises that come to soon.
Spatial movement which seems to you,
Resonating your mask or feud.
Hollow talking and hollow girl,
Force it up from the root of pain.

Never said it was good, never said it was near,
Shadow rises and you are here.

And then you cut;
You cut it out,
And everything
Goes back to the beginning.

Silence seizes a cluttered room,
Light is shed not a breath too soon.
Darkness rises in all you do,
Standing and drawn across the room.
Spatial movements are butterflies
Shadows scatter without a fire.

There's never been bad, there has always been truth,
Muted whisper of the things she'll move.

And then you cut;
You cut it out.
And everything
Goes back to the beginning.

Never said it was good, never said it was new,
Muted whisper of the things you feel.
The U.S. version of The Bridge is pretty bad.
Diane Kruger is so awful it's distracting. Stopped watching after the second episode.
 Jim_Messenger wrote:

I gave it 9.5 on my scale.  Also worth looking out for -  The Killing ( original Swedish not the US remake crap ),  Killing 2,  Borgen, Sebastian Bergman.  In the UK there has been a huge take up of subtitled dramas as the quality is so very very high.

 
Add the chilling third and last season of The Killing to this. We're also fans of Annika Bengtzon here.

Oh, and by the way, the number of high-quality UK-produced crime series is amazing. We thank the BBC for at least 3 great evenings every week. Silent Witness, Waking the Dead, Vera, everything Morse/Lewis... Just great.
Can you hear what he's singing? I can't. but the vibe is ok nice
Cheap Ennio Morricone knock-off. Can't sing in their own damn language.
 Jazbo wrote:
Wow, that was really good......

 
Indeed!
 fredriley wrote:

Insightful. You take me by surprise.

 
I'll second that take!
 Stingray wrote:

I switched the news on some day in 2001. Talking was an American president.

I knew his language, but understood none of his lies!

Hollow talk to a choir of young believers!

 
Insightful. You take me by surprise.
I bought this CD because of this beautiful song only to find myself unable to 'grasp' the other tracks.  Maybe it will happen when I'm 64, maybe not
 Stingray wrote:

I switched the news on some day in 2001. Talking was an American president.

I knew his language, but understood none of his lies!

Hollow talk to a choir of young believers!



 
WWIII doesn't feel hollow, however.
Wow, that was really good......

I switched the news on some day in 2001. Talking was an American president.

I knew his language, but understood none of his lies!

Hollow talk to a choir of young believers!


 sub-arctic wrote:

I spent a year in Liège, Belgium as an Erasmus student. One night a bunch of us Nordic students had dinner together in one of the student apartments. So there we were, eating, drinking, talking and laughing. In walks an English bloke, stops, listens, looks very confused and says something like "What? Aren't you... But you are from different countries, right? How?..." And indeed, we were. The Danes talking Danish, the Norwegian talking Norwegian, and the Swedes and the Finnish girl talking Swedish. No problem, there, mate!
 
Finnish is definitely the odd one out in Scandinavian languages. Fiendishly complex, distantly related to Hungarian, nothing like any other European language I know of. Luckily most Finns are at least bilingual with Swedish and usually have English and German as well. When in Denmark and Sweden last year I was struck by how similar, in writing, the languages are, yet how different they sound. I'm sure that us English speakers missed a hell of a lot of language-related references and jokes in The Bridge.
 Poacher wrote:

I went to Sheffield in the UK once and after a short while I found I could understand most of what was being said. Uncanny. 
 
Wait till you get to Newcastle!!
 sub-arctic wrote:
I spent a year in Liège, Belgium as an Erasmus student. One night a bunch of us Nordic students had dinner together in one of the student apartments. So there we were, eating, drinking, talking and laughing. In walks an English bloke, stops, listens, looks very confused and says something like "What? Aren't you... But you are from different countries, right? How?..." And indeed, we were. The Danes talking Danish, the Norwegian talking Norwegian, and the Swedes and the Finnish girl talking Swedish. No problem, there, mate!
 
I went to Sheffield in the UK once and after a short while I found I could understand most of what was being said. Uncanny. 
 pontfarrer wrote:
Beautiful piece of music ... there you go again RP ... you keep introducing me to new music  ... this is deep, dark, beautiful .. I lose myself when I hear it ...
 
2nd hearing up goes the 8ight!{#Bananajumprope}
Beautiful piece of music ... there you go again RP ... you keep introducing me to new music  ... this is deep, dark, beautiful .. I lose myself when I hear it ...