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    Native speaker

    Hello,

    Can anybody tell me if the guy in the video is a native English speaker?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYfq4uuvLbQ

    Thank you very much.
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    #2

    Re: Native speaker

    He isn't.
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    Re: Native speaker

    His English sounds British (=he sounds like a Brit), but I'm not sure.
    His pronunciation is very good, I think.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 29-Dec-2016 at 19:57.

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    Re: Native speaker

    Maybe. As for the question itself I'd say practice your responses to what you think people will say to you. It's that simple.

    P.S. There were no responses when I first saw this one. Now there are three.
    Last edited by Tarheel; 29-Dec-2016 at 20:01. Reason: Add something

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    #5

    Re: Native speaker

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    Maybe he's from Scandinavia but has been living in England for a long time.

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    #6

    Re: Native speaker

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
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    Maybe he's from Scandinavia but has been living in England for a long time.
    That was my guess. I left the video playing though, and later he says English is his first language. His I's don't sound native to me.
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    Re: Native speaker

    He sounded American to me.

    I never got past the "Grammarly" ad and thought that's what we were evaluating!

    Now I can hear him. I feel Dutch or Scandinavian, with British teachers and/or extended time in the UK.

    I have a friend from Denmark whose English is so good that she can do "English with other accents" and she's never spent time in the U.K., but she watched a LOT of British television and movies.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Native speaker

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    That was my guess. I left the video playing though, and later he says English is his first language. His I's don't sound native to me.
    He might have grown up in one of these countries with one English-speaking parent and picked up a bit of interference from the other language, in which case his claim that it's his first language would be correct. He's certainly a native speaker in other ways.

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