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    female

    I have checked the dictionary, but it seems to me that this female pronounces the word female (at 1:50) not as it transcribed here. Is her pronunciation correct, please?




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    Re: female

    What do you mean by 'correct'? It's not exactly the same as my moderately standard southern British accent, but it doesn't stand out as unusual.

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    Re: female

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    WIt's not exactly the same as my moderately standard southern British accent, but it doesn't stand out as unusual.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    What do you mean by 'correct'?
    I mean is it acceptable to pronounce it in that way? Whenever I hear someone says a word not identical to the dictionary transcription, I start doubting it.


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    Re: female

    Even dictionaries such as John Well's LPD or the Cambridge EPD can give only the main variant pronunciations. You'll have a fulltime job if you check on every minor variant yo hear to see if it's acceptable.

    In any case, 'acceptable' itself is fuzzy.

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    Re: female

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    I mean is it acceptable to pronounce it in that way?
    It's acceptable to me.

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    Re: female

    All indications are that she's Saudi. Why should she have the accent of a native English speaker? You're not suggesting that "female" is the first word you came across that was not native-like, are you?

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    You're not suggesting that "female" is the first word you came across that was not native-like, are you?
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    All indications are that she's Saudi. Why should she have the accent of a native English speaker?
    She does speak extremely well, though.

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    Re: female

    I don't know when she began to learn English, but it must have been at a very early age.

    I would say she is bilingual. I have encountered many native-speaking English people, born to native speakers, who do not speak so clearly and fluently.

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    Re: female

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    She does speak extremely well, though.
    Yes, she speaks very well. I wasn't equating not speaking with a native accent with not speaking well.

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