Any Danish speakers here?
Below are two clips of Lone Frank, a neurobiologist, author of the book Mitt smukke genom/My Beautiful Genome, talking about her book in English:
and in Danish:
I can’t judge her Danish, obviously (aside from the stød that I can detect), but her English is absolutely perfect. I could perhaps detect a slight devoicing of the /z/ sound in “physical,” “predispositions,” “puzzle,” and a couple of other words. She has a tendency toward dropping the /r/ in the words “information” and “misunderstanding” (which is not unusual for native English speakers of certain dialects of AmE). Finally, her /ɑ/ in “not,” “prophecies,” and “what” is closer to /ɔ/ (again, not uncommon in AmE).
Other than that—save a few minor oddities here and there—her English sounds native to me. Her intonations are spot on, her grammar is perfect (for spontaneous speech), gesticulation does not seem overly compensatory, and her hesitation is within that of a native speaker.
I couldn’t find any biographical information about her, except that she lived and studied in the US for a few years.
Everywhere on the Internet she’s referred to as a “Danish journalist,” “Danish scientist,” “Danish author,” etc.
Her book was written in Danish and translated into English by Russell Dees.