I'm originally from Poland, but I moved to London last year. I've always loved english and I'm really glad that it's becoming my second language. Of course, I still miss a lot, but I'm trying my best to learn more and more.
I'd like to ask you to judge my accent: I know it's not that good but I'm hoping it's not that bad either. Because I speak english since I was a kid, I think i have developed 'my own' accent, which is a mix of american, polish and probably a bit british.
As much as I'd wish to speak with no foreign accent, I know it takes a lot of time and work, and even then I might not be able to completely get rid of my 'own' sound. But for now my goal is to not sound polish.
Also, I'm more keen on american english than british (even though I live in England), so you might want to take that into account.
In this recording I'm reading a part (last three paragraphs) of article about Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Somehow I can't post links, so I'm sorry to cause you trouble but if you will replace hxxp--- with normal prefix, you should be able to download the file.
What else? Schwarzenegger cracked a joke or two about his Austrian heritage on the show, telling Leno that the reason he did not endorse Jerry Brown or Meg Whitman for governor of California was that “I couldn’t understand their accents.” The second reason was because he “just wanted to stay out of it,” and added, after much prodding from Leno about who he voted for, “the person I vote for is between myself and the person Maria tells me to vote for.”
Of course, there were a few questions about the recent midterm elections, which Schwarzenegger summed up as “wacky.” “There were people who were against having sex with themselves, and then there were people who want to have sex with everybody. All these extreme things, it was wacky,” he said.
As his days of Governator are coming to a close, Leno asked if he was relieved to be getting out of the hot seat, to which Schwarzenegger answered “I wish it was not over. I remember seven years ago, I was right here announcing my candidacy, and I tell you it was one of the greatest decisions I ever made.”
It's about a minute long.
Thank you for your time spent listening to me hurting your ears,