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    Grin How does English sound?

    I have always wanted to hear someone whose first language is not English, "do an impression" of the way English sounds to them. English speakers enjoy making fun of other languages, most often German, Scandinavian languages, and East Asian languages.

    I want to hear what English sounds like to all you other people (sarcasm).

    Don't worry about trying to make sense. The less English you know, the better! Imitations of the sound of American English, especially southern accents would be most appreciated. If you can't record your voice, or are simply uncomfortable doing so, then try to imitate in writing. I was going to put this in the Linguistics section, but I put it here because the subject is decidedly unintellectual, and I suspect that this thread will become very silly in a short period of time.
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    Re: How does English sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by Theudiskaz View Post
    I have always wanted to hear someone whose first language is not English, "do an impression" of the way English sounds to them. English speakers enjoy making fun of other languages, most often German, Scandinavian languages, and East Asian languages.

    I want to hear what English sounds like to all you other people (sarcasm).

    ...If you can't record your voice, ...
    Ahhhhhhhhhh the irony. I was going to make a thread of "post samples of your voice here" but I'm about the furthest thing away from a tech. wizard as it gets, and I have no idea how to record and then post that recording to Skadi. I know some people I could ask, but they ask too many damn questions. In fact I've written an acoustic guitar piece entitled "Skadi" that I would love to post as well.

    How does one go about recording and posting voices, anyway?

    Great idea Theudiskaz!
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    Re: How does English sound?

    English sounds good. And for some reason I can't explain, I tend to understand better Americans than Englishmen in a conversation.

    My (spoken) English is definitely not good enough to make a difference between every English speakers (first tongue, wherever they're from etc).

    I'm always impressed in meeting Scandinavians or Dutch, they can tell me that English is their native tongue, I'd believe them. An effort has been done there.
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    Re: How does English sound?

    Actually, there is a thread entitled Skadi voices.
    http://forums.skadi.net/skadi_voices...t=skadi+voices
    I posted a recording of my voice, but took it down after a while because I'm becoming more paranoid about putting up recordings of my voice etc. on the internet. (Yeah I know it's kind'a hypocritical, but I may put it up again.)

    I'm no tech wizard either, but I know you need a microphone (I have also heard that it can be done somehow with earphones.) I don't know what program you would save it on. But when uploading the file, you would use your manage attachments tool.
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    Grin Re: How does English sound?

    Sounds, like speaker is lisping ans has potato in his mouth

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    Re: How does English sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by Theudiskaz View Post
    Actually, there is a thread entitled Skadi voices.
    http://forums.skadi.net/skadi_voices...t=skadi+voices
    Oh!: I'll make some time to listen to those today: its always interesting to see if the actual voice matches the one the mind creates.

    I posted a recording of my voice, but took it down after a while because I'm becoming more paranoid about putting up recordings of my voice etc. on the internet. (Yeah I know it's kind'a hypocritical, but I may put it up again.)
    You've every right to your 'paranoia', to be frank: what with all of the illegal activity of the FBI and NSA lately. I'm just happy that Skadi is not a place that engages in radical/terrorist activities/logistics; therefore giving anyone here little to worry about relative to the bigger fish out there to fry.

    I think English is quite beautiful, actually. The mesh with/incorporation of Latin seems seemless; whereas if there were an abundance of Russian it would be quite monsterous.

    Dialects and accents are interesting to me. I am still surprised as to how little accentual/phonetic variation there is in the states - especially considering the variation still alive and well in places like the British Isles: there is a deep continuity to the language in America that doesn't exist anywhere else.

    A sort of funny anecdote: I lived in Memphis TN (the Cordova area) for a year some time ago, and noticed that whenever women gossiped about one another, they would begin by saying: "That beeitch, blays her hahrt..."
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    Re: How does English sound?

    Every nation likes to make fun of other languages, this is not unique to you english speakers

    But you just might derive more enjoyment from it (as a people, not speaking of anyone specifically) because people with english for their mother tongue learn less foreign languages than others and are thus in less exposed to them; but when they are, the contrast is all the more intense.

    We in slovenia often make fun of italian, french, hungarian, ..., but never of german or english - we are way too familiar with that from school. We do make fun of dialects, though, like hardcore southern speech or the rednecks, aussies, scots, irish or Ian Wright (from the Globe Trekker show )

    What I personally find extremely funny, however, is the english (and german, to an extent) being almost completely unable to pronounce phonems not native to their tongue. English has a particularly specialized (one might even say poor) phonetic scheme, which is coupled with silly spelling (slavic languages use same letters for same sounds, for example, english - like french, only to a lesser degree - doesn't; think JB Shaw's "ghoti" - "fish"). That leaves the english at a great loss when learning foreign languages, and us with a lot to laugh about

    Also, something you probably didn't intend to ask but it came to my mind - a lot of people here, especially the more sensible ones, connect american english with junk culture. So when I hear american english, I can't help but think "another braindead consumer" - it's the movies and stupid reality shows that do that, and it's not just me. It makes english sound "cheap", really.

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    Re: How does English sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by Theudiskaz View Post
    The less English you know, the better!
    Yet enough english to be able to read the request...
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    Re: How does English sound?

    But I don't want to hear you speak English, I want to hear mock English! Speak jibberish English, in a way that stresses the pecular sounds of the language. I'm sure you have made fun of Chinese before. Do it with English!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvcuGbIZoKs
    I want you to do what the same thing this guy is talking about.
    -Hyge sceal e heardre, heorte e cnre, md sceal e mre, re mgen lytla. -The Battle of Maldon
    -I love the great despisers, because they are the great adorers, and arrows of longing for the other shore. -Thus Spake Zarathustra

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