TadDavis wrote: ↑
December 6th, 2020, 10:14 am
My "partial first draft" is here: https://librivox.org/uploads/leni/cambridgemodernhistory2_50_128kb.mp3
. Length of the selection is 20 min 35 sec. It has the required opening text but not the closing.
Between approximately 12:20 and 13:30, there is a cluster of names where I’d appreciate a second opinion on the pronunciation. There are Dutch, French, and German names. I did my best, based on web searches and YouTube playbacks. German I'm pretty comfortable with, but my French pronunciation is Anglicized - I didn't try to do the nasal vowels, but I'm willing to give it a go if desired. Elsewhere there are a couple of English names that are a challenge. Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, I pronounced “Risley” because that’s the form I remember from my Shakespeare studies, but I’ve heard that “Rosely” is another possible version. St John I pronounced “Sinjinn” as a best guess, although I associate that pronunciation more with a given name than a surname. Marquis I pronounced “markwis” as an English title rather than the French version.
Thanks for the opportunity. If it's not good, I'll make it better!
I've listened to a few minutes. This is a fine first effort! I think you have a very enjoyable reading style.
I appreciate your diligence with pronunciation of names. What I've heard in your recording is perfectly acceptable. I personally enjoy researching foreign pronunciations, and one site I have found useful for that is forvo.com, where you can often find multiple samples, together with provenance of the speakers. If you'd like help with foreign languages, you're also welcome to ask in this thread or send me a PM (you may need a few more messages in the forums to have private messaging activated). That said, we don't require accurate pronunciation of foreign names or words, so please use whatever approach you're comfortable with.
Just a couple of minor technical issues:
0:33-0:37 Long pause. Internal pauses of over 2-3 seconds can make the listener wonder if the track is still playing.
0:33-0:42 The chapter number/title is a repetition and should be deleted.
I look forward to hearing the full recording!