From Ink to Sound

Another interesting free course from FutureLearn. It doesn’t start until November, which gives you plenty of time to catch a turkey and sharpen your own quill:

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8 thoughts on “From Ink to Sound”

    1. It does sound intriguing, doesn’t it? The instructors look really enthusiastic and rather sweet.

      Thanks for thinking of me 🙂 I enjoyed the Peter Kay link – I missed him getting famous – I think it all happened while we were living in Spain. What did you think of his Bolton accent?

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      1. I adored his Bolton accent! It made me cock my head to the side a bit at first, like a daft dog struggling to understand its master, but once I got the hang of it I loved it. (This, coming from an American girl who can hardly distinguish American accents!)

        Speaking of accents, have you ever seen this video? I think it’s brilliant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8mzWkuOxz8

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      2. Thanks for that Heather – I’d seen a different version, without such a wonderful map! So yours is much more tactile somehow.

        Now, in the spirit of ‘fair exchange is no robbery’ – have you seen this video of Ben Crystal’s original, true Shakespeare? It ends a bit suddenly, but all the enthusiasm is there. Some of the audience thinks he sounds American, some think Pirates of the Caribbean – he explains why they’re all right. What do you hear? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi-rejaoP7U

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      3. I’ve never seen a single one of Ben Crystal’s videos — so thank you, Elaine. What a gift you’ve given me! He’s extraordinary, as is his love of what he’s doing. I’m terrible at identifying accents, though, so the only impression I had was, “that sounds nothing like English.” I did love it, though, for all the reasons he cited. It’s more earthy, somehow. Just wonderful.

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      4. He’s very engaging, isn’t he? We saw him giving a talk at the British Library and it was the first time I’d heard Shakespeare spoken as it would have been spoken. Posh Shakespeare lives on though – English people slip into a ‘Shakespeare voice’ even when they’re drunk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zEVZGuU3BU

        By the way – I thought you might enjoy this posh English costume drama Pride and Prejudice/Britney Spears combination – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWbqqPV1-pE

        All best wishes
        Elaine

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    1. True, true. I sign up for everything that looks interesting and catch them when I can. That’s the lovely thing – being able to take them up and put them down according to your own wishes. But, I must admit, I feel slightly guilty when the course emails plop into my inbox saying ‘Week 5 of whatever’ when I haven’t managed to open Week 1!

      The two that I’ve enjoyed most so far have been Trinity College Dublin’s wonderfully well constructed course on Irish Lives in War and Revolution https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/irish-history and Nottingham University’s course on cognitive poetics https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/how-to-read-a-mind

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