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Kenny同志

This is my latest recording of my spoken English. Now my aim is not to sound British or anything, but clear and well understandable. Your comments are welcome and will be appreciated.rec0227-203829.mp3

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gato

Definitely better than the last recording you did several months ago.

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yonglin

I agree with gato. :)

There were a few parts that I thought were very difficult to understand, but then I'm not a native English speaker either. On the whole, I think that you speak too fast (few natural "mini pauses", dropping syllables from long words) and that the overall pitch is a little too "flat" (English speakers generally use a lot more intonation over the sentence). Intonation/melody/rhythm are quite hard to pick up, though -- do you listen to stuff like BBC News or NPR? I personally found doing so tremendously helpful when learning English.

Specific things:

I think that sometimes your "commit" has an extra "r" -- like "crommit".

"Easier said than done" sounds a little like "Either said than done" -- I think this is quite symptomatic of the speaking "too fast" thing: the three syllables sound like two syllables.

Things I could not understand:

?? in some kind of skill

all sorts of schemes and ?? (sounds like "assertations" to me)

they always result in ?? (sounds like "finner" to me)

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Kobo-Daishi

I agree with the others. This recording is much better than the last one.

Still, there is a lot more work to be done to polish your speaking skills to make yourself more easily understood by native English speakers.

This is what I could make out from the recording.

what Kobo could discern from Kenny2006woo's recording:

Crease(?) Do not agree that the tony(attorney?) has good point when he said that “at the moment, as a nation we simply don’t have the spare cash to be spending it on people who have choose-en to flaunt the society’s rules”. As any hardened criminal with the say, if you commit the crime, you have to be prepared to do the time. No, I’m (Aphrodite that I dough agree?). Look. To keep someone who has committed a minor offense behind bars provides no benefit to anyone. It’s enormously expensive and counterproductive. Surely, it would be much better to put this person to work where they could compensate the society for the damage they had done (whilst they’re learning some kind of a skill?) that they could put to use when they leave(?) prison. For so many, prison is just a revolving(?) door. But, all this is easier said than done. Over the years, we’ve had all sorts of schemes and the-cert-ta-sheens(?) from people who have had the best intentions. They always result in failure. And we always return to the look-and-the-kay-solution(?).

If you could give us a transcript for your recording, then we could help you with the parts that I wrote question marks around. Those are the bits that were garbled and I couldn’t decipher what you were saying.

Keep up the good work. Jia you!!!!!

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tooironic

Kenny, come find me on Weixin and I can give you some specific advice through 語音. As others have pointed out, you need to work on pronouncing specific sounds correctly, as well as finding a pitch and rhythm for your voice.

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Kenny同志

Many thanks, everybody; I appreciate your help.

@yonglin and Kobo Dashi

Thanks for going into detail. Here is the transcript:

quoted from DailyStep English owned by Ms Jane Lawson

– Chris do you not agree that Tony has a good point when he says that at the moment as a nation we simply don’t have the spare cash to be spending it on people who have chosen to flaunt society’s rules. As any hardened criminal would say, “if you commit the crime you have to be prepared to do the time”.

- No, I’m afraid I don’t agree. Look, to keep someone who has committed a minor offence behind bars provides no benefit to anyone. It’s enormously expensive and counterproductive. Surely it would be much better to put that person to work, where they could compensate society for the damage they had done whilst learning some kind of skill that they could put to use when they leave prison. For so many, prison is just a revolving door.

- But all this is easier said than done. Over the years we’ve had all sorts of schemes and suggestions, from people who have had the best intentions but they always result in failure and we always return to the lock and key solution.

@tooironic

Thanks for your offer to help. I will send you a private message. :)

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