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    Which of these readings are in British English?

    Hello everybody! I am now listening to the audiobooks of Emma from LibriVox. I find that there are several versions of it. As I am currently learning British English and would like to catch up with the accent, I would like to know if anybody can help me to discern the accents of these three speakers and tell me which one of them is with British accent.

    Here are the links: LibriVox » Emma, by Jane Austen (solo)
    LibriVox » Emma (version 3) by Jane Austen
    LibriVox » Emma (version5) by Jane Austen

    If I am right, Elizabeth Klett should be speaking in British English, but I am sure about that.

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: Which of these readings are in British English?

    NOT A TEACHER

    None of them speak with a British accent. Elizabeth Klett speaks with an American accent. I don't know where Sherry Crowther is from, but she sounds Canadian. Moira Fogarty also sounds Canadian.

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    Re: Which of these readings are in British English?

    They all sound North American to me.

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    Re: Which of these readings are in British English?

    I Googled the three readers and found the following:

    Elizabeth Klett's writing in her personal page/blog suggests she is American or Canadian - she uses "mom" and one of her hobbies is quilting.

    Moira Fogarty - interestingly, on her own profile page she writes "
    My voice is full, deep, round, clear and well-inflected with no heavy accent. My diction and enunciation are as close to pristine BBC Newscaster English as you can get without a British accent" (my italics). She also describes herself as a native speaker of English (British), English (North American) and English (Other).

    I couldn't find any biographical info on Sherry Crowther.


    PS - Sorry about the usual formatting problem with the cut-and-paste bit.



    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which of these readings are in British English?

    She sounds exactly like the BBC, except for the British bit. LOL

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    Re: Which of these readings are in British English?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    PS - Sorry about the usual formatting problem with the cut-and-paste bit.

    There is a way around this problem. If you copy your text into Notepad and then copy and paste it from Notepad into this text message thingy (I don't know what to call this ) then your text will automatically appear in the default typeface. I've had this problem in the past and this is my way around it

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    Re: Which of these readings are in British English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post

    There is a way around this problem. If you copy your text into Notepad and then copy and paste it from Notepad into this text message thingy (I don't know what to call this ) then your text will automatically appear in the default typeface. I've had this problem in the past and this is my way around it
    No Notepad on a Mac! I'll try TextEdit. Thanks.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which of these readings are in British English?

    As far as I know, Elizabeth Klett is American. However, interestingly, sometimes I find comments like this: "
    Elizabeth Klett gives us a wonderful, professional quality reading of this classic. Happy to report that her British accent is very creditable, even to the ears of a native speaker. Brava! (The BookWorm, Manchester, UK)"
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontė - Books Should Be Free
    or "Elizabeth Klett(US, but amazing British English accent )" Other British Readers on LibriVox « RuthieG's CataBlog
    As a native speaker of British English, how does her accent actually sound to you? Is it true that she is reading with a British accent in her audiobooks of Emma and Jane Eyre?

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: Which of these readings are in British English?

    Quote Originally Posted by thincat View Post
    As far as I know, Elizabeth Klett is American. However, interestingly, sometimes I find comments like this: "
    Elizabeth Klett gives us a wonderful, professional quality reading of this classic. Happy to report that her British accent is very creditable, even to the ears of a native speaker. Brava! (The BookWorm, Manchester, UK)"
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontė - Books Should Be Free
    or "Elizabeth Klett(US, but amazing British English accent )" Other British Readers on LibriVox « RuthieG's CataBlog
    As a native speaker of British English, how does her accent actually sound to you? Is it true that she is reading with a British accent in her audiobooks of Emma and Jane Eyre?

    Thank you very much!
    No, she has a North American accent.

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    Re: Which of these readings are in British English?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I Googled the three readers and found the following:

    Elizabeth Klett's writing in her personal page/blog suggests she is American or Canadian - she uses "mom" and one of her hobbies is quilting.

    Moira Fogarty - interestingly, on her own profile page she writes "
    My voice is full, deep, round, clear and well-inflected with no heavy accent. My diction and enunciation are as close to pristine BBC Newscaster English as you can get without a British accent" (my italics). She also describes herself as a native speaker of English (British), English (North American) and English (Other).

    I couldn't find any biographical info on Sherry Crowther.


    PS - Sorry about the usual formatting problem with the cut-and-paste bit.



    Thank you for your reply.
    As far as I know, Elizabeth Klett is American. However, interestingly, sometimes I find comments like: “Elizabeth Klett gives us a wonderful, professional quality reading of this classic. Happy to report that her British accent is very creditable, even to the ears of a native speaker. Brava! (The BookWorm, Manchester,UK)Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontė - Books Should Be Free and “Elizabeth Klett (US, but amazing British English accent)” Other British Readers on LibriVox « RuthieG's CataBlog

    As a native speaker of British English, how does her accent sound to you? Is it true that she reads with a British accent in both of her audiobooks, Emma and Jane Eyre?

    Thank you very much!

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