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    Hi Native English Speakers,

    Please listen the following two audio clips, do you think he is a native english speaker? If your answer is 'no', could you please point out why you know he is not a native english speaker? If your answer is 'yes', please point out why you think he is a native speaker? Please advise, thanks a lot.

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    I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
    Is a wilde call and a clear call that may not be denied

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    We believe that the pope, as a citizen of Europe and the leader of a religion with many adherents in the UK, is of course free to enter and tour our country.

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    I am picking up an accent.

    Dah for "the"

    Australian?

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    Default Re: Native english speaker or not ???

    Anybody can give me yr answer and comment, he is native english speaker or not ??? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Native english speaker or not ???

    yes he is. I think he's British.

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    Not New England. Not from the US at all.

    I hear the d sound in "the." Certainly native-speaker proficiency if not a native speaker. Irish?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Native english speaker or not ???

    He is most definitely not from the US. He is most likely from the South of England or possibly Wales. The passage sounds like it might be Dylan Thomas, who is Welsch.

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    I am not sure that he's a native speaker- there are some strange sounds (call) that do not sound native to me and don't sound like any regional pronunciation I know. I think it might be a non-native speaker who is completely fluent. The pronunciation of some words call and seas is a bit strange to me, but the stress and everything else is perfect.

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    Good at spoken english, but agreed with Tdol, there are some strange sounds, but I don't know how to describe it....

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    Default Re: Native english speaker or not ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The pronunciation of some words call and seas is a bit strange to me, but the stress and everything else is perfect.
    What's wrong with "seas"?

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    It's difficult to describe, but the vowel sound is slightly different- as if the mouth were open too wide. Call stands out more.

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