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    I can't catch a few words, please help.

    Can you please help me make out a the words marked "[...]"? I wasn't able to make them out. The singer is from the north of Ireland and his pronunciation is a little unusual. The passage is only a few seconds long and begins at 0:55 and ends at 1:13.



    Tell me about your [...] .
    Have you any doubt
    You need to change and rearrange,
    And start speaking out loud.

    Is this [...]?
    Does it make you proud ?
    ...
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    Re: I can't catch a few words, please help.

    Just out of curiosity, can anybody catch the words I wasn't able to? I'd really like to know if it's even possible to make them out because even though the singer is a native English speaker, I find his pronunciation of those words very unusual. Thanks anybody for giving it a try, I appreciate it.
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    Re: I can't catch a few words, please help.

    I didn't understand those words. He seems to omit ens before esses, which is new to me.

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    Re: I can't catch a few words, please help.

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I didn't understand those words. He seems to omit ens before esses, which is new to me.
    Thank you for trying BC. It's strange, though because he pronounces most of the words more or less as I'd expect. Anyway, I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't make them out. Does anybody else care to give it a try? Preferably someone who is not familiar with the accents of Northern Ireland.
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    Re: I can't catch a few words, please help.

    I couldn't. It takes some getting used to, I guess.

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    Re: I can't catch a few words, please help.

    Would a native speaker give it a try please? The passage lasts only a few seconds, and only 3 words and I'd like to know whether or not a native will struggle with this too.
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    Re: I can't catch a few words, please help.

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Does anybody else care to give it a try? Preferably someone who is not familiar with the accents of Northern Ireland.
    I'm not familiar with accents of Northern Ireland, but I almost got it... well sort of. I looked at the lyrics page first and saw that the first word was frustrations. I must admit that his pronunciation of "frustrations" is rather weird, but again, I don't know how people talk in Northern Ireland, so perhaps this is normal.

    Is this [another invitation]? That's what I thought he said, after listening to it a couple of times, but apparently it was "an open" and not "another".

    On the whole, I found it rather difficult to decipher what he said. I usually don't have to listen to a recording more than once to understand what is said, so if I listen to something five times and I still get it wrong, it's pretty tough in my opinion.
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    Re: I can't catch a few words, please help.

    Right, there's no diphthong in his "open".

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    Re: I can't catch a few words, please help.

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    I couldn't really decipher it, even though I'm a native speaker. The way he pronounces many of the words in that clip are way out there. I don't think it's the North Ireland accent, I think it's just that he's taking some "artistic license" with the pronunciation.
    Last edited by SlickVic9000; 25-Jul-2012 at 01:20.

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