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Old Oct 2nd 2012, 3:01 am
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I am an Aussie living in Los Angeles with my Japanese wife.
My wife is learning English from an American English teacher in Santa Monica and I am dismayed at the vernacular pronunciation she is being taught.

Forty = Fordy
Something = Someth'n.

Does anyone know where in Los Angeles my wife can learn the Queen's English?

Are there any British expats who are qualified/experienced teachers who might be able to help?

Thanks for any suggestions!
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That's the way they talk here - why would they teach 'The Queen's English'?
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a) They wouldn't, which is why I am looking for someone else who does.

b) There are different styles of American english; the pronunciation on NPR radio, for example, is often different to what you might hear on a trashy reality TV show. I'm looking for the former and not the latter.
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Unfortunately, no matter what pronunciation her teacher uses, your wife will end up picking up most of her spoken English from the people around her and what she is exposed to on TV ...
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I am dismayed at the vernacular pronunciation she is being taught.

Forty = Fordy
Something = Someth'n.
You must be a disciple of the Donald Sutherland school of pronunciation! The man is an elocution dynamo!

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We don't watch TV - perhaps my wife needs to watch the BBC news every day and some Donald Sutherland movies...
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Your an Aussie, not a Brit, and you are both living in the US. Why have her learn a language which will place her apart from the general population in the country she is currently living in? Unless you are planning on living in the UK, her Queen's English will not do her any favors when she returns to Oz to live.

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You want 'er talk proppa English, innit?
So get it sorted, fix up an English IP address and watch stuff like the Jeremy Kyle show, innit.
She can learn real sick stuff from the geezers on dere, know what i mean, bro, like talking posh and all that.
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We don't watch TV - perhaps my wife needs to watch the BBC news every day and some Donald Sutherland movies...
That, or "Family Guy" - but only Brian and Stewie ...
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I went to a reet posh English boarding school and speak the 'Queens English' trouble is nobody in California understands a word I say........McDonalds, 'a Coke please,' 'universal language' one would think, I was given an iced tea

Get real you are where you live if I want a boddle of wadder thats what I order!
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Originally Posted by Rete View Post
Your an Aussie, not a Brit, and you are both living in the US. Why have her learn a language which will place her apart from the general population in the country she is currently living in? Unless you are planning on living in the UK, her Queen's English will not do her any favors when she returns to Oz to live.

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I think you mean "You're" rather than "Your".
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Thanks this is great. I will have my wife watch and memorize!
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Thanks this is great. I will have my wife watch and memorize!
Thanks for confirming this is a wind-up
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I went to a reet posh English boarding school and speak the 'Queens English' trouble is nobody in California understands a word I say........McDonalds, 'a Coke please,' 'universal language' one would think, I was given an iced tea

Get real you are where you live if I want a boddle of wadder thats what I order!
Yeah me too. Except, on the rare occasion that we order from a drive-in, I make my husband shout across me (I drive) and order through the tannoy system since they can never understand me. If he is not with me, I have to go in and order by pointing at pictures.
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