tongueroo (tongueroo) wrote in linguaphiles,
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English with a foreign accent

Could you please listen to a short extract from a Harry Potter book and give your opinion on the accent of the reader?

I'd be especially interested in how this is perceived by UK speakers, but also in what it sounds like to the ear of other native speakers (US, ...)

OVERALL: is this accent typical for speakers of a certain language or area? Which?
Is it annoying/monotonous/stumbling/.../fluent/pleasing/...?
Generally clear/requires an effort to listen to?

OR more precisely, what is wrong compared to RP on the 4 levels:
-- individual sounds wrongly pronounced?
-- errors at the level of words, stress, etc.
-- intonation - how natural and appropriate?
-- rhythm, how natural is it?

Thank you very much. Be direct rather than polite about it. ;)
The 5 minute 2.23 MB file is here (MP3, almost any player - or listen in the browser, if Javascript is enabled):
http://rghost.net/60482339 (first page from ch 3)
OR use another sample 6 min and 3 MB file here:
http://rghost.net/60479716 (beginning of ch 4)
// no need to listen to this all, take your pick //
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