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    Red face problem in understanding TV show accent and sound

    Hi. I am learning British accent by watching a TV show called QI:)
    at 9:40 i have difficulty understanding what they say
    could you help me check what they actually said?
    below is the link and I tried to write the transcript
    Thank you for reading this



    (4) QI XL - Series I - Intelligence - YouTube



    It was all ah... complete so the national secret until very recently, wasn't it?

    absolutely, that is XX part?

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    Re: problem in understanding TV show accent and sound

    It was all a complete national secret until very recently, wasn't it?

    Absolutetly, there is Bletchley Park, and it is open to the public.

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    Re: problem in understanding TV show accent and sound

    Quote Originally Posted by gookenhaim View Post
    Hi. I am learning British accents by watching a TV show called QI.

    Pluralize. There are a lot of British accents.
    End all sentences with one of these: . ! ?

    ​At 9:40 ​I have difficulty understanding what they say.

    Start all sentences with capital letters.
    Capitalize the pronoun I.

    ​Could you ​tell me what they actually said?

    ​Below is the link, and I tried to write the transcript.

    Thank you for reading this.


    (4) QI XL - Series I - Intelligence - YouTube



    It was all ​completely a national secret until very recently, wasn't it?

    Use a.
    There have been a lot of national secrets.

    ​Absolutely​. That is ​the Bletchley Park part.
    You're welcome!
    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: problem in understanding TV show accent and sound

    Thank you so much for correcting mistakes!:) I guess I need to make a good habit of writing formally and grammatically.
    Have a nice day!

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    Re: problem in understanding TV show accent and sound

    Quote Originally Posted by gookenhaim View Post
    I guess I need to make a good habit of writing formally and grammatically.
    Forums are not chat- we read a lot of text and it is easier to read if it is written like normal text. It's fine to ignore a lot of conventions in chat, but it doesn't work in forums. There's no need to be formal, but making things easy on the eye to readers helps. It also helps future people looking at the language issues raised in your posts.

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    Re: problem in understanding TV show accent and sound

    Quote Originally Posted by gookenhaim View Post
    Thank you so much for correcting my mistakes! :)
    I guess I need to make a good habit of writing formally and grammatically.
    Have a nice day!
    Note my corrections above. You don't have to write formal English (the kind of English we use when writing to our bank manager, for instance) but you do need to use correct grammar, capitalisation and punctuation.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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