Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Bulgarian Ken Lee Phenomenon

Abel Keogh

When I lived in Bulgaria, bored teenagers would occasionally try to start trouble by swearing at me and my companion in English. Most of the time they had the swear words down pat – even if that was the only English they knew.

The best way to handle these situations was to pretend like we didn’t know what they were saying. In Bulgarian we’d ask them what language they were speaking and what they were trying to tell us. More often than not, this would frustrate the potential troublemakers and give us an in to befriending them – thus avoiding any future problems or confrontations.

I was reminded of this when I saw the following YouTube video from the Bulgarian knockoff of American Idol. Here a wannabe Bulgarian Idol contestant trying to sing a Mariah Carey song “Without You.” However, her English still needs some work. (For those who don’t understand Bulgarian, this version has English subtitles.)

And for those who want to see a Bulgarian news follow up (with English subtitles) of the “Ken Lee” phenomenon she started, you can watch that below. (Her English still needs some work.)

Cross-posted at Abel Keogh's blog.


Doug Johnston said...

I saw this on Abel's personal blog. I was laughing so hard, I had tears in my eyes. I hope each of you find it to be as funny as I did.

Tracy Winegar said...

Ben and I enjoyed your blog. The funny thing is, she was so emotional and so invested in it.