BBC Voices

Conversation in Worcester about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Worcester, Worcestershire

  • Interviewees

    Kwan, Po Tung, 1969 Dec. 23- (speaker, male, restaurant manager), Kwok, Kin San, 1981 Jan. 02- (speaker, male, chef and waiter)

  • Interviewers

    Hollings, John, 1940 May 07- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Hereford and Worcester

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention how long they have lived in United Kingdom. Discussion about how they learnt English in Hong Kong/United Kingdom, learning American English. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Comment that he would speak Cantonese if he was annoyed with someone, he speaks more Cantonese than English, he sometimes swears in English.[00:07:45] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING, words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:14:30] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS, words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention changing speech in different situations/when talking to different people.[00:21:56] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:26:45] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention words used to mean word for something whose name youve forgotten/toilet.

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    Both interviewees are chefs from Hong Kong. Recording made for BBC Voices project of a conversation guided by a BBC interviewer. The conversation follows a loose structure based on eliciting opinions about accents, dialects, the words we use and people's attitude to language.

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