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    Default What accent is that?

    Dear teachers

    Are these two guys speaking good English in the perspective of English language teachers? What kind of accent are they speaking with?

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    Default Re: What accent is that?

    I hear a lack of the "r" sound. ("fow' instead of "for')

    Slight Taiwanese.

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    Default Re: What accent is that?

    I don't hear the Taiwanese thing. They sound American to me.

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    Default Re: What accent is that?

    I doubt they are American.

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    Default Re: What accent is that?

    In general, do you think their English is good? They soon native? Good accent for non-native speaker to learn?

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    Default Re: What accent is that?

    I thought they sounded American, but there was a weird thing with some of their vowel sounds that I can't put my finger on.
    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: What accent is that?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I thought they sounded American, but there was a weird thing with some of their vowel sounds that I can't put my finger on.
    I agree but I think if I'd listened to them without paying attention to pronunciation I wouldn't have noticed anything strange. And even if I would, I would probably have thought it was just some random thing, which happens to native speakers. The reason is I think that these oddities don't seem to be regular. But I'm not sure. The second guy's pronunciation seems to have less of this.

    Patran, their English is definitely very good. If not native, then native-level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I agree but I think if I'd listened to them without paying attention to pronunciation I wouldn't have noticed anything strange. And even if I would had, I would probably have thought it was just some random thing.
    Typo.

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    Default Re: What accent is that?

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    In general, do you think their English is good? They soon native? Good accent for non-native speaker to learn?
    To all intents and purposes, they're speaking at native speaker level- there are one or two strange vowel sounds from time to time- check out the way the second guy says possible when he starts speaking, but it is not intrusive and if they have learned English as a second language and got to this level, then kudos to them.

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