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    How do these non-native singers who sing in English sound to native speakers?

    How bad accent do the artists below have?

    Biting Elbows Control (Russia) https://youtu.be/oIAND8Zwo-Y?t=10

    Survive Said The Prophet - Right and Left (Japan) https://youtu.be/_B6Pg5Ri7oQ?t=6

    Therr Maitz - Make It Last (Russia) https://youtu.be/HL8ODq9NTsU?t=29

    Tesla Boy Compromise (Russia) https://youtu.be/iMXUmm_xBR0?t=32

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    Re: How do these non-native singers who sing in English sound to native speakers?

    The first one sounded quite clear with an obvious east European accent. The singer had either learned English from an American source was was trying, unsuccessfully, to sound like an American.

    The Japanese act had very clear English with a slightly American flavour.

    The other two were both indistinct and may have been singing the words phonetically without any understanding.
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    Re: How do these non-native singers who sing in English sound to native speakers?

    The first three were clear and easy to understand. I didn't detect much if any non-native pronunciation. The fourth was hard to understand but I suspect the difficulty is more due to poor quality recording than to accent.

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    Re: How do these non-native singers who sing in English sound to native speakers?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCW View Post
    The first one sounded quite clear with an obvious east European accent. The singer had either learned English from an American source was was trying, unsuccessfully, to sound like an American.

    The Japanese act had very clear English with a slightly American flavour.

    The other two were both indistinct and may have been singing the words phonetically without any understanding.
    So, can someone of the four be considered by a native listener as 'listenable'?

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    Re: How do these non-native singers who sing in English sound to native speakers?

    A non-native accent is no reason to disparage or disqualify a piece of music in my opinion. To take just one of many possible examples, Edith Piaf occasionally sang in English. Her English had a strong French accent, but her music was nonetheless marvellous for that.

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    Re: How do these non-native singers who sing in English sound to native speakers?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    A non-native accent is no reason to disparage or disqualify a piece of music in my opinion. To take just one of many possible examples, Edith Piaf occasionally sang in English. Her English had a strong French accent, but her music was nonetheless marvellous for that.
    As a non-native singer in English myself, I'm happy to read the above, but I'm really not sure that every native listener has the same level of tolerance.

    Edith Piaf was, may I say, a genius. Her artistry, I think, compensated any inconveniences for 'native ears' that would may happen as a result of her accent. But less unique artists are a bit different, I guess.

    What about an accent of this Soviet singer of 80-es:

    Alla Pugatcheva - Through The Eyes Of A Child https://youtu.be/hBn_x6sUgVE?t=18
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    Re: How do these non-native singers who sing in English sound to native speakers?

    That was a lovely piece of music, Bernard, although the singer's accent made it a bit hard for me to follow the lyrics.

    Returning the favour, here is one of my favorites. I can't recall or find, offhand, the name of the backup singer, but I think her slight accent does not detract at all from her beautiful singing.

    https://youtu.be/KU3Soe1LXsQ

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