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Hi my EF friends,

Please I'm just curious, have you ever spoken with an native english speaker? What kind of problems did you have during the dialog with an native english speaker? Share your experiences....Personally, I have experiences with speaking with people from UK and US. For example, last year I was with my gf at the vacation in
London (beautiful city, except of that prices..:-(. I was proud that I was able to communicate with almost everyone (in hotels, in Madame Tussaud gallery...etc.). I said almost, because when I was hanging around the Tower Bridge, I met there a man who wanted something from me and I had absolutely no idea what was he talking about. I didn't catch absolutely nothing from his speech...:-( I felt really awkward, because at the end he showed me his empty cigarrette box and started his strange english again...:-(..So maybe he wanted cigarrettes, I don't know.... I was happy that I got rid of him at that time...He had really strange accent and here we get to the point. My ability of understanding to native speaker depends on the accent of that particular person. For example, I remember on guy from Tampa Bay, who taught us in english conversation school. I loved the lessons with him, because he had absolutelly clean accent. I caught every word from his speech. I was with him in a pub. He told me about his parents, about the living in US, about the prices of the tickets to the NHL match...etc. It was great. But then he moved into the other town and they gave us another native speaker. That guy was from US as well. He said that he his from Chicago, but I must say that the lessons with him were horrible. Everythime when he started to talk I caught just first three words and that was all...:-(
Nice ilustration of the problem with accent are the TV shows. There are a lot of actors, where I have no problem with understanding of their speeches, like William Petersen (CSI), Eric Close (Without a Trace, I love his NY accent). But there are actors where I'm happy that I have an english transcript. (Gary Dougan from CSI or Anthony Lapaglia from Without a Trace).....:-)

That's it. I'd like to hear your experiences...I'm really looking forward to it..I think it's interresting to talk about this.

with regards

JCD
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Hi JCD, I haven't had too many problems with native speakers of English since I was a baby, but back then it was really rough!

But I've had the same experience as you, while trying to learn Spanish. I went to movies, watched TV, listened to the radio. 90% of the people where I work speak Spanish and I have no idea what they're saying, unless it involves phrases which I've learned by listening to language records and following the "script" and translation on paper. And Spanish pronounciation is as easy as it gets! I can imagine how you guys suffer with English! I can read Spanish, and I can make myself understood when speaking to a native speaker of Spanish. (My French falls into the same category.)

Spanish is my wife's native lanaguage, but she refuses to speak it in front of me.

Anyway, I share your experience re diction. I can listen to some radio anouncers and repeat back a phrase word for word, but such speakers are few and far between. And it's not a matter of speed. It's a matter of clarity, voice quality, and perhaps "crispness." I have more trouble hearing the female voice, but I can't explain why. The delivery seems more blurred. And a bass voice is easier for me to understand than a higher male voice.

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Avangi....And it's not a matter of speed. It's a matter of clarity, voice quality, and perhaps "crispness."

Hi Avangi,

I absolutely agree with you. That's exactly that problem. Interesting is that sometimes native speakers have a problem to speak even between themselfs. I have a pen friend from
North Virginia, who works there in reality company, and he told me that his supervisor has sometimes a lot of problems with understanding of the company customers, when they're speaking over the phone. My friend has an office next to his boss and he told me that the most frequent question in the previously mentioned conversation is: "Oh, sir, what did you say?" ...:-)))

But US english native speakers, for what is worth, I have sometimes the same problem when I visits the different parts of my country and I'd bet that this situation occurs in every country.

Best Regards and nice day to all

JCD

PS: Avangi thank you for interesting post.
Avangi....And it's not a matter of speed. It's a matter of clarity, voice quality, and perhaps "crispness."

Hi Avangi,

I absolutely agree with you. That's exactly that problem. Interesting is that sometimes native speakers have a problem to speak even between themselfs. I have a pen friend from
North Virginia, who works there in reality company, and he told me that his supervisor has sometimes a lot of problems with understanding of the company customers, when they're speaking over the phone. My friend has an office next to his boss and he told me that the most frequent question in the previously mentioned conversation is: "Oh, sir, what did you say?" ...:-)))

But US english native speakers, for what is worth, I have sometimes the same problem when I visits the different parts of my country and I'd bet that this situation occurs in every country.

Best Regards and nice day to all

JCD

PS: Avangi thank you for interesting post.