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Post by RuthieG » April 10th, 2013, 2:51 pm

I don't generally have a problem with foreign languages, but despite having some Welsh blood, I do not find Welsh easy to pronounce. And yes, I like a challenge, within reason. The Armenian gent will sound a bit Eastern European and that will have to do, but Boprrow used very little Romany patois, from what I understand.

Wild Wales is a touch longer than Lavengro, I think.

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Post by Mike001 » April 10th, 2013, 10:56 pm

RuthieG wrote:I don't generally have a problem with foreign languages, but despite having some Welsh blood, I do not find Welsh easy to pronounce.
That's kind of crazy, Ruth ! What's descent got to do with it? But I guess you're making a joke.

If I could get the phonemes more-or-less right, I suppose it would still take me some while to understand the orthography. I understand that the spelling system is actually very regular, and that among European languages only Finnish is more regularly spelt, but there's still something to be learnt.
And yes, I like a challenge, within reason. The Armenian gent will sound a bit Eastern European and that will have to do, but Boprrow used very little Romany patois, from what I understand.
I don't recall, and I may be mixing what memories I have with its sequel, anyway. What kind of accents gypsies might have had I've no idea. But I guess authenticity isn't possible for anyone, and it doesn't matter, so long as whatever one does sounds believable to listeners. I have thought of trying one of the shorter Scotts -- Black Dwarf, say -- but I don't think I could pull it off. I did read Annie Laurie in a "Scottish" accent for the short poetry but several different "Scottish" voices, maintained at length, would be beyond me.

I'd like to have heard what Alec Guinness would have done with Lavengro. But then I'd like to hear some Scott or Stevenson -- or George MacDonald for the matter of that -- read by a Scot, but there just isn't much like that around at any price.

Anyway, I'm certainly looking forward to listening, as I really enjoyed your Dickens recordings.

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Post by RuthieG » April 11th, 2013, 12:58 am

That's kind of crazy, Ruth ! What's descent got to do with it? But I guess you're making a joke.
No, I wasn't. My mother was Welsh, and so I should have listened better when I had the chance.

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Post by catrose » April 11th, 2013, 11:25 am

Section 001 is PL OK! :D Sorry I'm taking an age to PL. I normally PL "on the go" (on buses, trains, free lessons, when I want to ignore people) but I really want to concentrate on this one. He completely fascinates me :)
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Post by RuthieG » April 11th, 2013, 11:59 am

Thank you. There isn't any hurry, Charlotte - there's a long way to go ;).

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Post by RuthieG » April 24th, 2013, 7:56 am

Section 004 uploaded :).

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Post by RuthieG » May 21st, 2013, 1:56 pm

Section 005 uploaded :).

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Post by RuthieG » May 28th, 2013, 5:38 am

Section 006 uploaded :).

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Post by catrose » June 5th, 2013, 3:05 pm

002 is PL OK! Again, sorry I'm being slow :)
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Post by RuthieG » August 24th, 2013, 3:48 pm

Section 007 uploaded. You still there, Charlotte? ;)

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Post by annise » August 24th, 2013, 5:18 pm

Unless you get a response from Cat , who seems to have lost interest , I'll PL it for you . PM me if I miss a post.

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Post by RuthieG » August 25th, 2013, 1:14 am

I'd appreciate that, Anne. This had a very slow start, but I am anticipating uploading the sections a lot faster from now on.

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Post by RuthieG » September 1st, 2013, 4:00 am

I'll take you up on that offer, please, Anne. Charlotte is going to be having a very busy time, and is stepping back.

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Post by annise » September 4th, 2013, 4:57 am

All up to date and PL OK. :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs:
I was only going to listen to 003 and enjoyed it so much I listened to the rest . After all the onion weed does have lovely little purple flowers , I could pretend I'd planted them if I put my mind to it.

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Post by RuthieG » September 7th, 2013, 4:51 am

Section 008 uploaded, Anne. You'll find that I have a right old struggle with the accents - here it is Scots, in the next two chapters it is Northern Irish. I have no hope of fooling a native, but I hope I have managed enough of the intonation at least to differentiate the voices.

You should see my garden - there is a field behind the garden which has been left wild and millions of thistle seeds blow across with the prevailing wind :lol:. Did you know a thistle could grow to 3 feet in a matter of weeks? I do :lol:.

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