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English pronunciation? (18/12/15 21:31:20)
I'm speaking English-English, and rather well. (true, not boasting). It took me decades to find out why my pronunciation is better than that of my siblings and peers. I suddenly found out:
I'm imitating Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady - the soundtrach to the movie.
The music's great.I grew up with the record and played it a million times.
I remember it now because the Wife has invited me to a Norwegian stage version of Die Lustige Wittwe next year.
I grew up with that one too.
yep (19/12/15 14:40:29)
When my daughter was about six she brought home the local dialect from school. I tried to reprimand her, telling her to speak properly. She asked me "Why? In the school everybody speaks like this!" - So we watched the film ( and since then she speaks like she should ). Shaw is funny and hits true:
PICKERING. Have you no morals, man?
DOOLITTLE [unabashed] Can't afford them, Governor. Neither could you if you was as poor as me. Not that I mean any harm, you know. But if Liza is going to have a bit out of this, why not me too?
The story is shockingly true even at this time. The middle class speaks proper. If you don't speak like that you are lower class. Hence it narrows your chances at getting work ( or education ).
Re: yep (19/12/15 18:01:11)
1964 - I was 12 then. Visually the film just overwhelmed me. Widescreen and colours - and Audrey Hepburn. Wow.
In the age of streaming gangsta_rap_music other influences are stronger (19/12/15 16:47:24)
So there is nothing to learn from the past.
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