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    Does this woman speak with an American accent?

    Does this woman speak with an American accent? How does it sound to a British ear? I understand that it's VOA news, and still.

    http://av.voanews.com/clips/VLE/2015...226ab792a1.mp3
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    Re: Does this woman speak with an American accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Does this woman speak with an American accent?
    My answer is 'yes'! What is your answer, englishhobby?

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    Re: Does this woman speak with an American accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    I understand that it's VOA news, and still.
    What do you mean by 'and still'?

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    Re: Does this woman speak with an American accent?

    She does speak a bit slowly and very deliberately. It's very obvious that she's reading for an audience of English language learners.

    She's keeping her phrasing short (3-5 words), presumably so that she's easier to follow for learners, but as a result her intonation sounds a little off. She's also speaking slow enough that she avoids reductions, largely avoids contractions, and almost over-enunciates her words, to the point that she comes across as a little artificial.

    If you listen carefully, at around 9:44 you can hear her speaking naturally in the background during the initial interview, and you'll notice she speaks much faster.

    Like I said, it's clear she's anticipating that non-native speakers will be listening. Or at least I hope that's her reason.
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    Re: Does this woman speak with an American accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    What do you mean by 'and still'?
    I mean that, logically, she is American and still I'd like somebody to tell me what they think about her accent, if it is obviously American English or not so obviously.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 24-Jul-2016 at 16:06.
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    Re: Does this woman speak with an American accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    She does speak a bit slowly and very deliberately. It's very obvious that she's reading for an audience of English language learners.
    Is it very obvious that she is speaking American English?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Does this woman speak with an American accent?

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    My answer is 'yes'! What is your answer, englishhobby?
    I logically understand that it must be American, but if I didn't know, I'm afraid, I wouldn't be able to tell
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Does this woman speak with an American accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post

    If you listen carefully, at around 9:44 you can hear her speaking naturally in the background during the initial interview, and you'll notice she speaks much faster.
    Yes, now that you mentioned it, I' ve noticed, but I don't understand what she is saying. It's something like "School is letting out", but I can't make any sense of it.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 24-Jul-2016 at 16:07.
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    Re: Does this woman speak with an American accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Yes, now tat you mentioned it, I' ve noticed, but I don't understa nd what she is saying. It's something like "Sool is letting out", but I can't make any sense of it.
    Probably school is letting out.
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    Re: Does this woman speak with an American accent?

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    Is it very obvious that she is speaking American English?
    Yes. I didn't listen to enough to be able to rule out Canadian English, but those are the only possibilities.
    I am not a teacher.

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