Hi,
I am looking for any English sound files (.mp3)
recorded by native speakers and their scripts.
I downloaded mp3 files and scripts from SpotLight
(www.spotlightradio.net).It). It is excellent but uses slower speed, half the normal speaking speed.
Now I am looking for anything like that but with normal speed of speaking. Scripts are also necessary.
I need it for my private use only.
I would be very grateful if anyone could help me
in finding such site.
Regards
Eve
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Hi, I am looking for any English sound files (.mp3) recorded by native speakers and their scripts. I downloaded mp3 ... it for my private use only. I would be very grateful if anyone could help me in finding such site.

Windows Media Player has a speed control (certainly version 11 does), and it doesn't change the pitch.

ian
I am looking for any English sound files (.mp3) recorded ... grateful if anyone could help me in finding such site.

Windows Media Player has a speed control (certainly version 11 does), and it doesn't change the pitch.

Thank you very much. I'll try the WMP but I am not quite sure whether the difference between the normal speech and those at www.spotlightradio.net is connected with the speed only. As fas as I remember (from pronunciation lessons) sound are pronounced differently when you speak slow and when you speak normally. Especially weak forms depend on speed.

Regards
Eve
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Windows Media Player has a speed control (certainly version 11 does), and it doesn't change the pitch.

Thank you very much. I'll try the WMP but I am not quite sure whether the difference between the normal ... lessons) sound are pronounced differently when you speak slow and when you speak normally. Especially weak forms depend on speed.

As a test, I downloaded this MP3 file:
Interesting!
In WMP, it sounds 'fairly natural' when played at about x1.6, with the possible exception of the speakers with the American accents. Occasionally, they definitely sound as if they are reading 'word by word', rather than speaking fluently and running the words together. But, essentially, I think that the pronunciation of the slow speech is not too unnatural.

Ian
Thank you very much. I'll try the WMP but I ... when you speak normally. Especially weak forms depend on speed.

As a test, I downloaded this MP3 file: Interesting! In WMP, it sounds 'fairly natural' when played at about ... and running the words together. But, essentially, I think that the pronunciation of the slow speech is not too unnatural.

Thanks once again.
That's a very good news.
Telling about differences I meant the "running the words together" in fact, but I wasn't able to express it properly. :-)

Best regards
Eve
As a test, I downloaded this MP3 file: Interesting! ... think that the pronunciation of the slow speech is unnatural.

Thanks once again. That's a very good news. Telling about differences I meant the "running the words together" in fact, but I wasn't able to express it properly. :-)

Noted. Please let us know how successful you are with WMP. Until now, I've never really found a genuine use for the speed control!
Ian
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Thanks once again. That's a very good news. Telling about ... fact, but I wasn't able to express it properly. :-)

Noted. Please let us know how successful you are with WMP. Until now, I've never really found a genuine use for the speed control!

I will. However I prefer listening to the mp3 files using my mp3 equipment with earphones or laudspeakers in my car. I don't know whether it would possible to save the sound in mp3 format at about x1.6 or so.

Best regards
Eve
Noted. Please let us know how successful you are with WMP. Until now, I've never really found a genuine use for the speed control!

I will. However I prefer listening to the mp3 files using my mp3 equipment with earphones or laudspeakers in my car. I don't know whether it would possible to save the sound in mp3 format at about x1.6 or so.

Umm..
That's an interesting challenge!
I'll see what I can do, but I suspect that I'll have to make enquiries (possibly in alt.comp.freeware).

Ian
Ian and Roger, I used to use Audacity years ago. I have to go back to it, probably in much ... Sox. I'll have to read about it in the Internet. I am interested in freeware tools first of all. :-)

Ah ha! Audacity does indeed do the job.
I've done a quick test. I feel that the end result is maybe not quite as smooth as when you use WMP simply to play the audio at increased speed. At times, the voices seem rather 'synthesised'. However, I suspect that other methods will produce very similar results. If you're already familiar with Audacity, I would certainly use it.
The procedure is:
Open Audacity, and open the audio file.
'Edit', 'Select', 'All'.
'Effects', 'Change Tempo' (not 'Change Speed').
'Percent Change' - Set at approximately 65.
(Unfortunately, 'Preview' lets you hear only a couple of seconds at the beginning of the audio, so you really have to do the conversion before you can assess the result.)
'OK'
After the conversion has finished,
'Export As WAV' (or 'Export As MP3').
(PS: I'm also playing with Wavepad Sound Editor. This is something which I had forgotten that I had. It seems to have the same functions as 'GoldWave' (payware), which I've had for many years.)
Ian
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