Student or Learner
Do you think he speaks english flawlessly, and totally same as native speaker?
Last edited by EngFan; 09-Feb-2012 at 04:49.
Last edited by EngFan; 08-Feb-2012 at 11:55.
He's got very close to native speaker level, so he is probably qualified to help others get that far. He may slightly overstate his case, but he is good.
Could you please elaborate on the underlined part?
As he was reading from a prepared script, he was only demonstrating his reading skills. He does sound British to me.
I think you can't tell how well he speaks unless we hear him engaged in a conversation with another person, unprepared.
not a teacher
Thank you for all your replies. As a native speaker, how do you consider this person is not a native speaker when he speaks English? Based on his YouTube video, could you all possibly advise that what he needs to improve, so that he can speak English as same as native speaker?
Some of his vowel sounds are off - story - and his intonation can be wrong- the way he says tree when telling the story. He wouldn't convince a native speaker that he is also a native speaker, but he is good.
In Pygmalion, Shaw says that [i]t is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him. He's exaggerating, but as with many languages people have preferences for certain regions, etc. It may be more marked in a class-conscious society, which the UK is still but was much more so in Shaw's time. You will hear some people disparaging certain accents.