Have you ever said a word so many times that you become disconnected to it? Try it. Just a repeat a word, for example, "Toast," and repeat it as many times as possible until it's empty of its meaning. toast.toast.toast.toast.toast.toast. Eventually you start to hear just the sounds... just a combination of noises your voice makes. Language is funny that way. The actual concept of language as merely a series of repeated noises is only noticeable, really, when listening to an unfamiliar language. It's difficult, however, to see this about one's own native-language. This video, shared by Cup of Jo, is a hilarious illustration of what English (my first language) probably sounds like to non-native English speakers.