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    Film in English

    Wich films do you advise to hear pure English language with a correct pronunciation?
    My wish is to watch DVD's with English sound and subtitles

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    Re: Film in English

    Start with 'Brief Encounter'.

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    Re: Film in English

    I'd recommend older romance films (up to, say, the 60s). The plot shouldn't be too complicated so you can catch up with it even if you miss some sentences.

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    Re: Film in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernardnancy54 View Post
    Wich films do you advise to hear pure English language with a correct pronunciation?
    My wish is to watch DVD's with English sound and subtitles

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    Bernardnancy,


    (1) I am sure that some of my fellow Americans will recommend some

    movies that feature the accent of standard American English. I cannot,

    for I am not that interested in films -- and certainly not in contemporary

    movies.

    (2) I heartily endorse Teacher Rover's recommendation of 1945's

    "Brief Encounter." Besides the touching story and the beautiful

    music, you will have a chance to hear the crisp, clear, and understated

    English of the post-war British middle class.


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    Re: Film in English

    Is there such a thing as "pure English language"? There is no single accent that is the "correct" pronunciation.

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    Re: Film in English

    I like the suggestions from both Rover and BC. Much of the language in the films of fifty and more years ago is crisp and clear. However, many would regard the accent as 'teddibly dated'.
    My deliberate mis-spelling of 'terribly' was prompted by the way in which such actors as Noel Coward appeared to pronounce the /r/ between vowels.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Is there such a thing as "pure English language"? There is no single accent that is the "correct" pronunciation.
    I agree. However, many learners who favour BrE find a slightly old-fashioned version of RP (Received Pronunciation) easier to understand than other dialects. It is probably true to say that a learner whose accent is close to RP will be understood more clearly by both native and non-native speakers (particularly the latter) than one who has a regional British accent.

    Note that I am not claiming that this accent is 'purer' or 'more correct' than other dialects.

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