Which accent is it? Need your help with pronounciation

alexpen

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Hello!

I would like to ask you to help me evaluate the accent in this video:
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It doesn't sound British or Standard English for me... But what do I know?
Basically, I have some idea of the British pronunciation (that's what I was taught) and the American twang.
I cannot put a finger on a definite twang in the video, but if I had to choose between the two, it sounds a bit more American - maybe a learned American accent or something?

Thks for your time
 
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It's a non-native speaker. To me, as a BrE speaker, it has something of an AmE twang, but the intonation if not native, though the person is clearly a fluent speaker.
 

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Re: Which accent is it? Need your help wWowith pronounciation

Oh, thank you for the prompt answer!
I did not even expect the thread to appear so soon, as I am newly-registered.

I appreciate it really very much! :up::up:
 

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But the intonation if not native, though the person is clearly a fluent speaker.

Oh, yes... IMO, foreign intonation is much more difficult to master than pronunciation.
 
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I agree that this is a fluent speaker. The very brief schwa after the final /t/ of 'first', and word-final /t/ and /d/ in a couple of other words, an occasional blurring of the /r/ sound, a couple of slightly off vowels and occasional intonation lapses remind me of the (excellent) English of some of the Chinese people I knew when I worked in China.

:) I actually had this thought about a very diligent Chinese person who learned American pronunciation.
But not because I hear 'schwa' or blurred r - rather from the wider (non-linguistic) context. ;-)
 
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