Diary 15: Story Time – 뺑소니 자동차

Following on from a previous post on dramatising Korean to improve your accent, here is a (bad) joke from 유머 영어 (Humor English), my first ever parallel text.

My good friend 서희 read it aloud and let me record and imitate her half-Seoul-half-Busan accent (!), which really helped me get a better feel for connections in speech, intonation and phrasing.

Even though I didn’t memorise it, I will blow my own trumpet now and say that in terms of pronunciation it is definitely an advance on my previous efforts!

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The hit and run victim was just getting to his feet when a police man ran up to help.

“My mother-in-law just tried to run me over!” The shaken man told the cop.

“The car hit you from behind, the officer said. “How could you tell it was your mother-in-law?”

“I recognised her laugh!”

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