Lis­ten­ing skills

Vocable (All English) - - Édito Sommaire -

In the­ory, an adap­ta­tion from video game to full length fea­ture film should be easy. Nowa­days the bud­gets are sim­i­lar, pro­duc­tion too such as mu­sic, ac­tor voiceovers, and of course sto­ry­line. Yet, in the past, video games that made good fea­ture films were the ex­cep­tion rather than the rule, of­ten sac­ri­fic­ing the orig­i­nal spirit of the game in an ef­fort to se­duce larger more main­stream au­di­ences. This may all change with the block­buster, As­sas­sin’s Creed, out this Christmas. This is what di­rec­tor, Michael Fass­ben­der, is hop­ing any­way.

French ac­tress, Mar­ion Cotil­lard, who made her name in the film se­ries, Taxi (pro­duced by Luc Bes­son) has a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ca­reer af­ter be­ing a hit with Amer­i­can di­rec­tors. This meant rais­ing her level of English sig­nif­i­cantly. Whether you see her in this film or Al­liés, (with Brad Pitt), try to lis­ten to her ac­cent, and guess which re­gion she is im­i­tat­ing.

Whether or not you are learn­ing English to pur­sue a ca­reer in cin­ema, it is al­ways good to work on pro­nun­ci­a­tion. Yes, it is com­mon knowl­edge that a French ac­cent in English is per­ceived as “sexy”, but it is not al­ways help­ful in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions, like a fast flow­ing com­mer­cial or ad­min­is­tra­tive set­ting, or cus­toms and pass­port at the air­port, for ex­am­ple. Bet­ter to be able to make your­self un­der­stood in the com­mon par­lance.

Sea­son’s Greet­ings


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