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    her accent

    I was wondering where she is from. I LOVE her English accent, very exotic.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ip8kwjiW6w

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    Re: her accent

    To me she sounds very south of England but I can't be more specific. Some of our BrE speakers can probably narrow it down.

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    Re: her accent

    For the first couple of minutes, I thought she was from the south-east of the UK somewhere, but the longer I listened, the more hints of somewhere further north cropped up. For example, she says "example" with a short "a" in the middle (like "lamp") not the long "a" we use in the south.
    I would say she probably grew up somewhere from Birmingham to Manchester but has either lived further south for a long time, or has made a conscious choice to downplay her natural accent a bit for the video.

    I'm always intrigued by how languages sounds to non-natives. Her voice is entirely unexceptional so to see it described as "exotic" in post #1 made me laugh a little. Don't get me wrong. It's happened to me too. I said to a Spanish friend that I loved the voice of a Spanish actor in a TV series we were both watching. He laughed and told me that, to a native Spanish speaker, the man sounded very uneducated, rough and scary.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: her accent

    She's pretty bog standard English. There may be some regional elements bubbling away below the surface, but she could be a Midlander or a Northerner who went to private school, or similar. I'm from the Midlands and have the occasional touches of an accent, but mostly I sound like the rest of us who were trained this way.

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    #5

    Re: her accent

    The dialect is "standard" (ie middle class south eastern) English but spoken with a faint Yorkshire accent.

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