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    Words in English video

    Dear teachers

    Need your help. A couple of English words in the below video I don't understand (in brackets).

    Hong Kong Chief Secretary David Ford lashes back at lawmakers - YouTube
    0:52: It was an unprecedented "mood"
    0:56: That day were "built down"
    1:00: Mr Lee and Mr Pang "do a grey" to service

    Could you please advise?

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    Re: Words in English video

    The captions are inaccurate.

    0:52 - move
    0:56 - would go down
    1:00 - do a grave disservice

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    Re: Words in English video

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The captions are inaccurate.

    0:52 - move
    0:56 - would go down
    1:00 - do a grave disservice
    Great thanks!

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    Re: Words in English video

    papran, your thanks are appreciated but your click on the Like button was sufficient. There is no need to send a separate post or quote our replies back to us.

    The reason is that it is flagged as a new post, so we think you might have a follow-up question or something to add. Those of us with slow internet connections and/or old computers have to waste valuable time waiting for it to appear.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Words in English video

    Dear Rover and 5jj, thanks for your feedback. A follow-up question. What accent is David Ford as in the video, starting from 0:52? Please advise

    HK Chief Secretary David Ford lashes back at lawmakers in 1987 - YouTube

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    Re: Words in English video

    Sounds to me like a standard Home Counties British accent (somewhere from the south-eastern corner or London). He is very well-spoken, verging on posh.
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    Re: Words in English video

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Sounds to me like a standard Home Counties British accent (somewhere from the south-eastern corner or London). He is very well-spoken, verging on posh.
    Dear EMSR, thanks for your feedback. So what is "Home Countries" British accent? Just want to confirm, you are referring to 1) "0:47 to 0:57", or 2) "0:57 to 1:20"? Or what is the differences between the accents of 1) and 2)? I am only curious. Look forward to your advice.

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    Re: Words in English video

    I was talking about David Ford's accent which is what you asked us to listen to. It's "Home Counties" (not "Countries") which, as I said in my previous post, refers to the south-east corner of the UK. The counties in question are usually accepted to be East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire. He could be from a different part of the country and have trained himself to speak in this accent. In the past, that accent was deemed the most acceptable and respectable. The same does not really apply now and most politicians and people in the public eye simply speak with their natural regional accent.

    Edit: Found this on Wikipedia.
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    Re: Words in English video

    Dear EMSR, thanks for your insights, link and correction. A follow-up question, what accent is the voice-over before David Ford starts speaking? That is, from 0:47 to 0:57? Thanks very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I was talking about David Ford's accent which is what you asked us to listen to. It's "Home Counties" (not "Countries") which, as I said in my previous post, refers to the south-east corner of the UK. The counties in question are usually accepted to be East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire. He could be from a different part of the country and have trained himself to speak in this accent. In the past, that accent was deemed the most acceptable and respectable. The same does not really apply now and most politicians and people in the public eye simply speak with their natural regional accent.



    Edit: Found this on Wikipedia.

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