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Postby matthewpage » Fri 01.12.2007 4:13 am

Learn English at http://www.anytime-english.com/Podcast by listening to free English podcasts made by a team of Americans here in Boston! It's all free, of course. Any comments/suggestions please send to anytime.english@yahoo.com. Thanks for your attention. :)
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RE: Learn English here!

Postby keatonatron » Fri 01.12.2007 7:55 am

Check out the "vacation in Taiwan".

What's wrong with the guy who say's he's from "Americar"? Is that a Boston accent?? He sounds like the guy from Group X. It's even hard for me to understand him, and I'm American. :| And why does the lady from the UK have a perfect American accent? I really think this would confuse the crap out of any English learner...

*listens some more*

Ug, listening to these is painful!! The conversations are totally forced and awkward, there are minor grammatical errors and the pronunciation isn't always correct. And it's not just because it's geared toward beginners; I've heard plenty of TOEFL and other recordings for beginning learners and they are much much better than this. I am sorry, but I would never recommend this to a serious learner of English :@
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RE: Learn English here!

Postby Chris Hart » Fri 01.12.2007 9:37 am

I used to work in a national call center, and can usually recognize different American accents. (and if it isn't an American accent, at least identify what part of the world it is from (very useful when guessing languages to get an interpreter on the line)) I can't even pick out where that guy's accent is from. It certainly doesn't sound like Boston. Could they force the dialog any more?

English is my First Language, and that podcast (I listened to the Intermediate level, topic Vacation in Taiwan) confused the * out of me. Even their intro sounds forced. "I'm from Boston of the USA" WT?
Suggestion to the OP: This line would sound much better as "I'm from Boston, MA"

I DEFINATELY DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS TO SERIOUS LEARNERS!

I can't bold the above line enough!

Are we certain that these weren't simply scripts read back by a computer. To my ear, her voice sounds very similar Microsoft Mary (the voice my GPS software uses), especially the weird accents.

In terms of the entire podcast, I think the English and accents from NOAA Weather Radio sounds better. (Note that this is all computer generated audio.)
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RE: Learn English here!

Postby angstycoder » Fri 01.12.2007 10:43 am

If someone said "Americer" my first thought would be Aussie or Kiwi... but that isn't the case here at all. He sounds like someone trying to force a midwest accent and failing. I would do further analysis, but I'd rather gargle with bleach at the moment.
angstycoder: "指の臨死体験"
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angstycoder: "I meant finger has near death experience"
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angstycoder: "Did I mention I don't know grammar?"
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RE: Learn English here!

Postby Chenzah » Fri 01.12.2007 10:51 am

That atrocity of a man is not a Kiwi.... nor an Australian...
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RE: Learn English here!

Postby angstycoder » Fri 01.12.2007 10:55 am

Chenzah wrote:
That atrocity of a man is not a Kiwi.... nor an Australian...


Absolutely not. I wrote the first line before I listened to the dialogue.
When a lot of my Aussie and Kiwi friends say "America" (and lots of things ending in that sound) I hear a slight hint of an r sound to my ear at the end. :)

Also, my Irish friend does that ocasionally now that I think of it.
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angstycoder: "指の臨死体験"
kagemaru: ? ? ?
angstycoder: "I meant finger has near death experience"
kagemaru "doesn't work. You said 'Finger of near death experience'"
angstycoder: "Did I mention I don't know grammar?"
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RE: Learn English here!

Postby tanuki » Fri 01.12.2007 11:08 am

The woman doesn't sound British at all... and the man sounds like a computer voice. :D

At times it didn't seem like a dialogue at all.

Is this the equivalent to "Overnight Japanese"? Overnight English...
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RE: Learn English here!

Postby Mike Cash » Fri 01.12.2007 11:27 am

They sound like a humorless parody of the sort of crap on NHK educational radio, which is practically a parody of itself already.

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RE: Learn English here!

Postby keatonatron » Fri 01.12.2007 12:57 pm

I feel sorry for the people who pay to take an online lesson from them. :|
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RE: Learn English here!

Postby Rounin T » Fri 01.12.2007 1:21 pm

But then you could talk to Lucy and Peter in person! :|
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RE: Learn English here!

Postby tanuki » Fri 01.12.2007 2:30 pm

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RE: Learn English here!

Postby richvh » Fri 01.12.2007 2:42 pm

They both sound somewhat High Class Bostonian to me.
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RE: Learn English here!

Postby shin1ro » Sat 01.13.2007 10:53 am

...oops! I'm the one who's been learning English long time by NHK radio (but I don't pay for the program or textbooks)....
To me, Vacation in Taiwan's atomosphere is very much like conversation in NHK radio program which I'm used to... がっかり... :(

For me,I couldn't hear it as "I'm from Americar" or "Americer" from the man's speech. I know I'm not good at listening English. I heard from someone from US, Boston people tend to speak "Pahk the Cah" for "park the car", but what the members here mention is not like this...
But...I can easily recognize the woman speaks American English.

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RE: Learn English here!

Postby Chris Hart » Sat 01.13.2007 11:21 am

shin1ro wrote:
...oops! I'm the one who's been learning English long time by NHK radio (but I don't pay for the program or textbooks)....
To me, Vacation in Taiwan's atomosphere is very much like conversation in NHK radio program which I'm used to... がっかり... :(

For me,I couldn't hear it as "I'm from Americar" or "Americer" from the man's speech. I know I'm not good at listening English. I heard from someone from US, Boston people tend to speak "Pahk the Cah" for "park the car", but what the members here mention is not like this...
But...I can easily recognize the woman speaks American English.

-shin1ro


Definately American Dialect, but FORCED, and really weird accents.
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RE: Learn English here!

Postby Mike Cash » Sat 01.13.2007 11:23 am

Chris Hart wrote:


Definately American Dialect, but FORCED, and really weird accents.


The term you're looking for may be "stilted".

Or maybe not....
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