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What kind of accent is this? Is the speaker there speaking American English or Canadian? It is quite obvious it's not British or Australian accent. If it's American, can you, please, say what part of the USA it is?

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I am sorry. I didn't know it would ask to install plugin. –  brilliant Feb 6 '11 at 5:05
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@chaos: Okay, I just downloaded this video and uploaded it on youtube and changed the link in my question, so now there will be no plugin requests. –  brilliant Feb 6 '11 at 5:24
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At some points, it almost sounds like the guy isn't a native speaker. But I can't for the life of me identify what his accent is. –  Marthaª Feb 6 '11 at 6:03
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@Matha: “we mentioned couple of strategies” – omitting the indefinite article … that’s definitely not a native speaker. Sounds East European to me. –  Konrad Rudolph Feb 6 '11 at 10:00
    
I have to agree with @Konrad here. I think it will be very hard to get more specific than Eastern European, but it's quite obvious this person does not speak English natively. –  oKtosiTe Feb 6 '11 at 12:28

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I am no expert, but it sounds to me like his first language is a European one. His pronunciation of some words is similar to people from the Balkans or other Eastern European nations. Spain is a wild card. There's a hint of Irish in there too, but it's not full-on. The clues for me are:

"Strategies", (0:40), Spanish, Bosnian, Croatian?

"Skimming", he pronounces it skee-ming."Beginning",too (0:51); bee-gee-ning.

"look" - pronounced thickly, similar to Irish maybe?

"tell us" (2:40), slight Irish inflection?

"about luck" (2:43), an Eastern European inflection?

"ok" (2:47), Spanish inflection?

Most of his oks sound like how a Spanish person would say them.

"daily situation" (2:57), very close to a Bosnian inflection.

If you ever find out, do let us know.

Apologies to the Spanish, Irish, Bosnians, Croatians and anyone from Eastern Europe if I've got it wrong.:-)

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@Sky Red: WOW!!! Thank you for your detailed answer. I just got a way of finding out where that speaker is originally from and will do it in about 7 hours. As soon as I know, I'll let you know here. –  brilliant Feb 6 '11 at 9:15
    
He is not Spanish or Irish. Deduction, not induction. –  Potatoswatter Feb 6 '11 at 9:16
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@Potatoswatter: I agree; he's definitely not Irish. In some words, there's just a hint of similarity with the Irish accent. –  Sky Red Feb 6 '11 at 9:40
    
@brilliant: I'll check in then; I hope I nail this. –  Sky Red Feb 6 '11 at 9:49
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@brilliant: Wow, I should have moved even further east; I would never have guessed. Congratulations to everyone who nailed it as Russian; you guys are good. –  Sky Red Feb 6 '11 at 17:10

There are word choices that make me think the speaker's native language is not English. There are words that are not pluralized that should be and other words seem to be dropped.

The "para" in paragraph has hints of Russian as the speakers native language. Listen to the long O sound in the way he says story.

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@Jason Aller: "The "para" in paragraph has hints of Russian as the speakers" - Can you, please, describe what exactly in "para" sounds different there? –  brilliant Feb 6 '11 at 6:44
    
@Jason Aller: "Listen to the long O sound in the way he says story" - Do you mean the speaker there is making this vowel sound as a long "o" vowel (like in "foal" and "mole")? As far as I know the vowel "o" in the word "story" is not a long "o". –  brilliant Feb 6 '11 at 6:47
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The first a in paragraph had a different sound to it. I choose my words poorly in describing the way the o sounded in the word story. I should have said that the speaker sounded that o for longer in the word story, not that it was a long o. –  Jason Aller Feb 6 '11 at 7:08
    
I see. Thank you. –  brilliant Feb 6 '11 at 7:12
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100% Russian. Also he is apparently now in China, suggesting he crossed the land border. –  Potatoswatter Feb 6 '11 at 9:17

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