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    Problems with understanding the movie

    Dear All,

    Can you explain to me what is the likely British dialect used in the attached extract. Especially, I have problems with understanding the word "lifetime", which is on the srt. The extract is from a British movie full of British slang. Than you very much.
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    Re: Problems with understanding the movie

    The speaker is Scottish- the novel is set in Edinburgh.

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    Re: Problems with understanding the movie

    Thank you. Please give me an advice on how to deal with understanding the word "lifetime" from the speach given that it is extremely different from what I used to encounter. What should be a starting point. Maybe you can give me a transcription of this word following the way the speaker said on the tape. Many thanks.

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    Re: Problems with understanding the movie

    Yes, it's a Scot speaking.

    Sorry, I don't hear "lifetime." I speak American English and only understand fragments of what he's saying.

    Robin Williams, the American comedian, had a routine about what Scots sound like to Americans:

    Scottish to Americans

    PS: Note the differences between the spelling of speech and speak.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 01-Apr-2016 at 15:22.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Problems with understanding the movie

    Same questions and same problem! please help me out too.

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