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One of difficulties many students of English have is distinguishing good language from bad. Here is a short collection of English language example videos which use English on the very highest level.
Thanks to the wonderful contributions of The Gutenberg Project, many if not most of the world's great literary works are freely and publicly accessible in text or HTML formats. Librivox, a more recent endeavor is now, with the help of many voluteers, creating audio recordings of these public domain texts.
Unfortunately, as these are being recorded by volunteers, quality control is somewhat lacking. In some cases, the reader does not even know how to prounce the name of the Author correctly (Wodehouse for example). Also, if one is seeking exemplarly English language material, many great works do not serve that purpose particularly well, specifically those which mimic informal speech modes and dialects which do not use formal English language at the level expected of college students.
The following works have been selected for their use of formal (SAT compliant) English.
|Title||The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame|
The Classic Children's Story, read by Guilitis 2010
|Dialect||British (RP) English|
|Description||Though clearly a children's story, few stories of any sort approach the eloquence and poignancy of The Wind in the Willows. For full text, see The Wind in the Willows Page. This is a playlist of the full text of the work read by an artist who loves and understands the work and whose speech is entirely suited to it.|
Still underway, this page will eventually contain selected prose works with commentary. One author whose works will certainly play a major role is P.G. Wodehouse, whose audio-available works are listed below.