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    My Accent

    http://vocaroo.com/i/s0Zzqe6Cj6zG

    I've got an MP3 uploaded of myself reading a monologue. People have told me all sorts of things regarding my accent, from British, to Australian, to Chinese.
    I would usually describe my accent as a neutral international accent that can be easily understood by everyone.
    Last edited by MBTAA; 18-May-2016 at 13:38.

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    Re: My Accent

    Welcome to the forum, MBTAA.

    I'm afraid I won't be listening to your voice. I am not prepared to download/instal devices. Can you provide your clip in a more accessible way.

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    Re: My Accent

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Welcome to the forum, MBTAA.

    I'm afraid I won't be listening to your voice. I am not prepared to download/instal devices. Can you provide your clip in a more accessible way.
    Changed the link so you can play it in your browser

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    #4

    Re: My Accent

    In this slow, careful reading, your accent is very good indeed. I think many people might well take you for a native speaker of BrE.

    It would be interesting to hear you talking unscripted, at a more normal speed, about something that interests you.

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    #5

    Re: My Accent

    I agree. It sounds very British to me. There's no way that's Australian - even though your profile says your native country is Australia.

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    #6

    Re: My Accent

    I agree with Piscean and Raymott. Your accent is very good, and very British, but not entirely convincing.

    I say this because 99% of it is fine and then there are some inconsistencies.

    The word 'ladies' (especially at 1:34) has a gutteral sound to it. 'Only', 'crook', 'was' and 'again' are all slightly off, and what was that word at 1:43 supposed to be?

    It reminds me of some WW2 stories when suspected spies were asked to pronounce certain words that were expected to give away the infiltrator.
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    #7

    Re: My Accent

    Quote Originally Posted by MBTAA View Post
    http://vocaroo.com/i/s0Zzqe6Cj6zG

    I've got an MP3 uploaded of myself reading a monologue. People have told me all sorts of things regarding my accent, from British, to Australian, to Chinese.
    I would usually describe my accent as a neutral international accent that can be easily understood by everyone.
    Your accent sounds more like a variety of working class British. There are a few words that are Australian-inflected, but not many. You don't sound Chinese - and you do NOT sound like New Yorker Leo Bloom! (Nothing wrong with that.)

    You English is very intelligible and should serve you well wherever you go. I wouldn't call it a neutral international accent, though. I don't think there's any such thing. (Now I should go get an umbrella, before the spitballs start to fly!)
    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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    #8

    Re: My Accent

    Thanks guys, I've recorded a new voice message, this time I'm simply saying things unscripted.

    http://vocaroo.com/i/s1TaTUfrHkBK

    When I refer to an international neutral accent, I'm thinking of the educated standard Singapore accent, spoken by individuals such as Lee Kuan-Yew and the Asian-Australian news reader Lee Lin Chin.

    Lee Kuan Yew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VexrmTacOAA

    Lee Lin Chin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IveTN0Sw6U4
    Last edited by MBTAA; 19-May-2016 at 01:22.

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    #9

    Re: My Accent

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Your accent sounds more like a variety of working class British. There are a few words that are Australian-inflected, but not many. Y
    That did not sound working class to me, a native speaker of BrE. I did not hear anything that sounded Australian.

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    Re: My Accent

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    That did not sound working class to me, a native speaker of BrE. . . .
    You're the expert! The unscripted recording sounded different and closer to what I think of as standard British. Glad you chimed in.
    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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