Belamo, are you interested in pre-War (WW2) British English? The Received Pronunciation of that era was quite different from the RP of today.
If you are, I'd like to suggest the movie Band Waggon, which you can watch for free right here on your computer. It features the forgotten English comic Arthur Askey and his side-kick "Stinker" Murdoch, who speaks in the RP of the era throughout the whole movie.
And then there's the beautiful Patricia Kirkwood, who was later to be involved in a nationwide scandal when she was accused of having an affair with the Queen's husband. (She was probably innocent.)
You will also get a taste of pre-War British humor, which was quite different from the humor of today. To wit:
I am not "particularly" interested, but I am definitely interested, thanks for the info
In fact I was aware of all that, and until about seven years ago I still strived to get some sort of British accent that would pass sometime (to non-native English speakers, that is) as Australian, until I discovered that American accent was more adaptable to me.
Does everybody understand everything that she is singing?
loveland... lists of lovers
^I've wondered about that, Belamo.
While we accept the fact that Spanish sounds harsh to English-speakers, what must English sound like to Spanish-speaking people?
Probably not too pleasant, to say the least.
But thirty years from now, this list http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ative_speakers will be very much like this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...lation_in_1900 today
I will be dead soon.
BTW, I know I asked it and received an answer in some previous thread, but nobody said anything about 00:18-00:19 in Donohoe's clip above.
Besides, English has already grown too fast, and too wide, to be usurped as the International Language any time soon. Supposedly, there're more people in China learning English, than most countries have in their entire population. (sorry for awkward sentence)
No, I'm a Protestant who'll be turning to dust 'on the Mountain on the island on the far side of the world' but I'd love you to guide me through 'the depths, the undergloom, the seven terraces and the nine celestial spheres'.
It's like when women feel the need to BELIEVE that they are more attractive and intelligent by nature, and that they somehow actually rule the world by "influence", so that they can endure being effectively screwed by men who opiate them with that blinding belief.
Ah..for me, if I can speak and write American english fluently, I'll feel like in the top my world.
As you notice, my English is cracking like a cheap imitation
If you love Brit accent, keep passionate about that
I remember reading about the man who'd taught himself to speak the most amount of languages in the world, who confidently asserted that Mandarin Chinese was the hardest. It's tonal; many Americans, including myself, cannot even hear all of the tones. Moveover, it uses an extremely complex pictographical system for writing, that even the most optimistic professors assert takes three years even for minimal fluency.
To be fair, the grammar is extremely easy.
I'm going to go off on a tangent right now. Please indulge me.
I've heard that a new system of teaching languages involves listening to 1000 hours of the target language, before being allowed to speak a single word. This method, which is currently only used to speak Thai, is supposed to help an adult student reach near-native fluency. I believe it's called Automated Language Learning.
It'd be interesting to try this method with Mandarin Chinese. I believe it'd probably be the single most effective method.
At any rate...back to the topic...
He said that it was the most difficult for him, for the reasons explained above... remember he supposedly "learnt" most of all those languages when he was about 14. I could say that the most difficult one to learn for me was German because it was actually the first language that I learnt which was not some dialect of Latin, or half a dialect of Latin and half a kid's game, like English, even though I started learning it almost ten years before Chinese. I wonder what language would consider the biggest Chinese polyglot in the world as the most difficult to learn.
You start communicating in "Mandarin" more easily and speedily than in German, because Chinese grammar (in all its dialects) is even more simple than English grammar. They also say English has "lost of exceptions" in its grammar and you don't hear say "oh English is such a difficult language (well, except among Spaniards: it's the official national pending coursework), not to speak of all that stupid complication of sounds, vowels and what not that are responsible for all English speakers creating a dialect of their own: granted, it's not as crucial to understanding as Chinese tones but, still, it's much simple and easier to speak decent Chinese than accpetable English.
That phrase doesn't appear in the lyrics available online: "He's no puss","he's no poo"?
He's no fool?
most of the contestants in the Eurovision contest are singing in English !
^^^ Ach, jings! Only Oor Wullie would understand it.
who's that guy in the front row?
Oh god are we that hard to understand?
Is that why you kicked Cheryl Cole off X Factor?
Anybody understands what Lupe is saying in 4:31-35?