Czech Crash Victim Wakes Up Speaking English

Submitted by: Snoogans 10 years ago in Weird
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22416798-13762,00.html

The human brain can do some weird stuff.
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Male 9
Woohoo... I`m from Czech and I wanna speak in English without errors... I`ll try to run my car into wall

Just cross your fingers I`m on my way to be blessed by English

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Female 673
First thing I thought, he was only pretending to not know english, and after the crash, he forgot that he was pretending to not know english.
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Male 21
i should "help my friend learn French }-)
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Male 991
"Unfortunately, the speedway driver`s new found skills didn’t last.."
Aww that sucks.

"Hopefully I can pick English up over the winter for the start of next season so I`ll be able to speak it without someone having to hit me over the head first."
Lol. That`s funny.

That`s amazing. I have heard something like this before, so I believe it is possible.

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Female 1,412
I agree Ryan, I thought it was 1% though, maybe thats just me LOL. Someone said that if you use 100% you can fly...strange. Wait you would need wings ha.
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Female 1,412
Maybe he learned loads of English and forgot it and then it all came out...MEh.
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Male 2,486
I like how everyone is like THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE IT CANT HAPPEN.

Do you forget we only use 5% of our brains? Also, do you forget that your using that very same 5% to deduct that it can`t happen?

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Female 2,695
wow, that`s pretty amazing.
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Female 986
So English is the language of people who are brain damaged? lol
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Female 89
I think it`s funny that 13 years olds are trying to argue the fact that this can happen.
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Male 181
I have read up on a few medical reports from hospitals about people speaking different languages during a brain surgery. Languages they didn`t now they could speak.

I wouldn`t be so quick to toss this one out. We know very little of the human brain, and we use a very small portion of it as well. The human body can respond in very odd ways to trauma.

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Female 416
that`s crazy. just image what will be next: surgically implanted languages!

i can`t wait!

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Male 11,739
I seriously doubt the credibility of this website. As far as I can tell it`s not a joke like The Onion, but there are some issues. I also saw a story there about a couple of the original cast members of The Brady Bunch having a lesbian affair during the show. But the picture they used of The Brady Bunch was from the movie that made a few years ago, not the original series.

I have a feeling there are a lot of errors in their stories.

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Male 425
Huh Thats pretty cool. Its kinda like that one episode of Ripley`s Where That woman had a stroke and woke up with a British Accent.
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Female 455
I know someone this happened to. He was in a car crash and woke up speaking Spanish. Thing is though, he spoke pretty god Spanish before the accident, so it was more that he forgot how to speak English than he suddenly knew how to speak Spanish. Very odd.
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Female 295
here`s another weird brain thing:
Apparently, you might start speaking in a different accent that you`ve never heard before after a stroke....
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Male 1,114
PHOTOSHOP

or words along those lines...

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Male 4,393
wow cool
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Male 1,275
Amazing. The knowledge must be there but we can acces so much at a time. He must have trigged it.
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Male 1,825
reminds me of boy meets world
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Male 247
Isn`t this the ninth news story about someone getting in a wreck and waking up with a different accent/language?
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Male 788
HAHA thats sweet, but even if it was fake,which i dont think it was cuz people can do crazy things after accidents, its still interesting
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Male 296
yeah nicole, but that was an accent and not a completely different language.

Wouldn`t it be cool if we could do this artificially? and on purpose. Just go to the hospital to get your mind rearranged.

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Female 2,552
Didn`t this site already have a link with a person who originally had like a United States, southern accent and woke up with an English accent?
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Male 317
Vikstar. he had the knowledge as he was learning english. And his "perfect" english wqas perfect to the ears of Czech people. I`m sure his english was not perfect by european standards.
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Male 1,497
"Maybe the kid spends a lot of time listening to English music and watching English movies with Czech subtitles. The grammar and vocab could have wormed his way into his subconscious that way. This is not so unbelievable as everywhere in Europe you can turn on the radio and you hear english music, and most countries subtitle their films instead of dubbing them."

wait, if your right, if i wake up from a accident il be able to speak japanese fluently? ( i watch a lot of undubbed subtitled anime)

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Male 98
I`ve heard this story many times. Someone got headtrauma and starts speaking foreign languages.
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Male 146
"Unfortunately, the speedway driver`s new found skills didn’t last and he remembers nothing of the accident or the following two days. He is now keen pursue studies in English."

I call bullpoo on this one tbh.

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Male 37
This would be so cool.
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Female 399
The knowledge would have to be in his brain somewhere for this to be true.

Maybe the kid spends a lot of time listening to English music and watching English movies with Czech subtitles. The grammar and vocab could have wormed his way into his subconscious that way. This is not so unbelievable as everywhere in Europe you can turn on the radio and you hear english music, and most countries subtitle their films instead of dubbing them.

I`d suspect the story has been exaggerated. Maybe he wasn`t so awful to begin with, and the `perfect` english wasn`t quite so perfect, but who knows?

As a linguist, this is very exciting if it were true, but I have doubts.

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Male 4,246
Without some sort of independent corroboration, this is exceptionally difficult to believe. Still, IF it`s real, it`s an impressive statement on what the brain can do.
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Male 550
How is that even possible? It`s as if you suddenly wake up with the `perfect` knowledge of quantum physics when you`re still in grade school, unless the person has little problem in written English and the vocabulary, but only has problem speaking it.
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Male 695
Maybe if I crashed a car, I wouldn`t suck at French so bad...
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Male 779
He cheated and used a gameshark.
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Male 1,142
thats hard to believe. i cant think of the word/phrase... he might have something like conditional photographic memory. ill remember that word as soon as i go do something else.
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Male 2,216
I don`t believe that for a second.
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Male 107
about the grammar errors. it is possible to have them even on reliable sites. its slightly different but i have had several video games where there were many gramatical errors, games you go out and buy from stores, that the company that translated the games didn`t catch.
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Male 411
I read this somewhere and it said that he was learning English, he just wasn`t good at it, and he wook up speaking English fluently.
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Male 151
as we (humans) know little about the brain and less about the mind, i dont doubt this is possible... i do doubt this stories validity, it sounds a little far fetched. I would believe the accent, and speaking better English than he thought he knew how, but perfect English?

yea, possible, but very unlikely

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Female 88
That`s amazing. I wonder what exactly happened in the brain to make that happen, and moreover, how he was speaking "perfect" English when he didn`t know it at all. It`s such a cool concept, as cool as that woman who woke up from her stroke with a British accent.
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Female 681
"That site is BS. There are grammar errors galore in there."

Just because there are spelling errors there, doesnt mean it`s wrong.

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Male 1,815
That site is BS. There are grammar errors galore in there.
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Female 422
Wouldn`t it be cool if that happenned and you woke up speaking several languages-including your native tongue- fluently? Just goes to show you how much more there is to learn about our minds.
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Male 151
sweet
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Male 270
That`s pretty profound.
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Male 869
Link: Czech Crash Victim Wakes Up Speaking English [Rate Link] - The human brain can do some weird stuff.
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