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    My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    Hi everyone,

    I'm new around here, but I came hoping to get some feedback about my pronunciation in English. And I'm greatly interested in my accent, too.

    This might be unorthodox, but I actually recorded myself babling in English, so that you can hear me and help me with this matter. First I thought about uploading an audio file, but it was much easier to do it on Youtube, so there you go:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl-CcKn20sc

    Thank you for listening. So, what do you think? As I explain in the video and in its description, I watch a lot of TV series in English (for example, Lost) and I translate in my free time and for other stuff, but my pronunciation is not so good, and my accent is not very clear. So I'd greatly appreciate some help.

    How is my pronunciation? Is my accent more British, American or otherwise? The rest, I explain it on the video itself.

    Thank you for your attention. Please, please, give me some feedback, either on the video or right here

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    Re: My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    Your accent is very comprehensible I am not a native speaker by the way. Your accent is very good I only noticed something wrong with your S's but generally it's really good and I can understand you. If only I can speak like you :) and about American or British I don't know actually you do not have a recognisable accent but maybe more American. Have you ever been in an English-speaking country?

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    Re: My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    I've been both to New York and London, but it doesn't really matter. I was just a tourist for a week, so I didn't get to practise. A pity.

    Anyway, I may upload another video, trying to pronounce better.

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    Re: My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    Here is the video response, talking about the feedback I got. I think I improve a little in this one:

    YouTube - My English Accent an Pronunciation (Spanish) II - Feedback

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    Re: My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    Quote Originally Posted by Luka Nieto View Post
    Here is the video response, talking about the feedback I got. I think I improve a little in this one:

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    I think you had a great idea recording those videos and that you were very brave!. I could understand you fairly well so I'd encourage you to carry on!. Try to vocalize a bit more and don't look so sad, you're doing a great job!

    As you can see I'm also Spanish, and I don't think there's anything wrong with sound Spaniard as you say, as you long as you can be understood. Effective communication is the final goal, do not forget that!

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    Re: My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    Hello Luca,
    Based on both videos: your accent is neither British nor American nor is it closer to one than the other. You have a typical Spanish accent and as long as you speak clearly, your accent is not important. Re pronunciation from a North American perspective: you use a light L, your final 's' are all sss, have = half, improve = improof, just = yust, and notice = nawtice. englishniche.com

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    Re: My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    Quote Originally Posted by Luka Nieto View Post
    Here is the video response, talking about the feedback I got. I think I improve a little in this one:

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    Yes, you do improve in the second one. In the first, you didn't open your mouth enough - you tended to mumble. Good articulation will make you even more understandable (some people who are a bit deaf rely on lipreading for some cues, and this can help even people with good hearing). I think this is what MASM means when she says to vocalise a bit more.

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    Re: My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, you do improve in the second one. In the first, you didn't open your mouth enough - you tended to mumble. Good articulation will make you even more understandable (some people who are a bit deaf rely on lipreading for some cues, and this can help even people with good hearing). I think this is what MASM means when she says to vocalise a bit more.
    I think I might hire you as my interpreter (if you are available) since I don't seem to be able to make myself understood . Thank you again Raymott

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    Re: My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    Quote Originally Posted by MASM View Post
    I think I might hire you as my interpreter (if you are available) since I don't seem to be able to make myself understood . Thank you again Raymott
    I was more agreeing with you, rather than interpreting you.

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    Re: My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    Thank you all, you're very helpful and polite. I expected more bashing and less helping, but I was terribly wrong: your advices are all great, specially the ones to "chin up" and try to improve.

    I may do another one of these, after all, following the things you people said :)

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