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Are English Speakers Slow speakers?

Postby uberdwayne » Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:35 pm

Hey guys, a question for you (υμιν).

Is it just me? or does it seem like native english speakers speak they're language slowly? When I listen to someone speak in French of Spanish, even a native greek reading the NT, I find their tempo for the language is much quicker than we as english speakers!

any thoughts on this?
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Re: Are English Speakers Slow speakers?

Postby Markos » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:23 pm

It must be all our pregnant pauses. βαρβαρ...βαρβαρ...βαρβαρ... :mrgreen:
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Re: Are English Speakers Slow speakers?

Postby Paul Derouda » Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:31 pm

It's just you. :) I always find it pretty hard to follow a native who speaks English, though I don't have problems reading. Communicating in English with other non-natives is much easier. I've never been to an English speaking country, maybe that's why.
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Re: Are English Speakers Slow speakers?

Postby uberdwayne » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:52 pm

Eitherway, It seems to me as though (hang on, this is gonna be greatly exaggerated...) as a native english speaker, I could finish a sentance in 5 seconds.... But If I listen to someone who is native French, they speak same amount of syllables in 3 seconds.
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Re: Are English Speakers Slow speakers?

Postby daivid » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:59 pm

If you are listening to someone who you are having trouble understanding then they will be talking too fast for you. For that reason I am very skeptical of any subjective impressions that speakers of a language that you are not a native speaker of speaker faster than your own.

When a speaker of English as a second language says that English speakers speak slowly then I will take note. I have yet to hear this.
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Re: Are English Speakers Slow speakers?

Postby uberdwayne » Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:45 pm

This is a very good point! I have never herd a non native english speaker say we speak slowly. I suppose if this were to happen, it would be less subjective :)
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