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‘Cinderella’
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Accent: British (London) accent
Authorshyopstv
Date: 9/4/2006

Description of what is on the sound file:
The opening part of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. I was brought up in the Eastern outskirts of London. I have been told by many people from other aeras of the UK that my accent sounds a little bit like Standard English but there are clear differences in my accent that would be clearly picked up by a Londoner or anyone else in Southern England.


Transcript of sound file:
Once upon a time... there lived an unhappy young girl. Unhappy she was, for her mother was dead, her father had married another woman, a widow with two daughters, and her stepmother didn't like her one little bit. All the nice things, kind thoughts and loving touches were for her own daughters. And not just the kind thoughts and love, but also dresses, shoes, shawls, delicious food, comfy beds, as well as every home comfort. All this was laid on for her daughters.

But, for the poor unhappy girl, there was nothing at all. No dresses, only her stepsisters' hand-me-downs. No lovely dishes, nothing but scraps. No nice rests and comfort. For she had to work hard all day, and only when evening came was she allowed to sit for a while by the fire, near the cinders. That is how she got her nickname, for everybody called her Cinderella.


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