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    ishana is offline Newbie
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    Thumbs up Re: My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    Quote Originally Posted by Luka Nieto View Post
    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:

    YouTube - My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    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
    Hello luka,
    I have the same problem. I'm using Oxford talking dictionary to improve word pronunciation. there are many English talking dictionary.I think you may try.All the best.

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    Default 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:

    YouTube - My English Accent an Pronunciation (Spanish) II - Feedback
    I'm afraid my PC is 'having one of its turns' (=behaving oddly), so I can't hear your video. I can see it though.

    OTT said there was 'something wrong with your S's'. I imagine a more useful way to put this is that there's something Spanish about them. The Spanish s is typically (in Castilian) pronounced with the tip of the tongue; the technical word is 'apical' - but don't go around saying you've got an apical s because only students of linguistics will understand you.

    If you want to change this, slide your tongue very slightly forward. But be careful: a lot of Spanish speakers do this, and take it to far, producing a /θ/. Just rock the tongue, so that instead of a | it makes a \; that is, the angle between the tip of the tongue and the back of the gum is less acute.

    But, as others have said, accent is something that doesn't matter unless it interferes with communication.

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    Default Re: My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    Just one point on pronunciation in general - up to a point it's true that it doesn't matter so long as people can understand you, but that's an oversimplification.

    Firstly, this "test" has the problem that when you "fail", it is pretty much impossible to do anything about it immediately. You maximise the probability of not "failing" by minimising your accent as much as possible.

    A corollary of this is that accents cause non-native speakers much greater difficulty than native speakers; so the more globally you want your English to be understood, the less accent you should aim for.

    Secondly, a large part of the world is not as tolerant as those of us posting here. Accent is something about which people make judgements - OK, maybe they shouldn't, but it's pretty much subconscious, so it's going to keep happening. BUT, the good news is that if you have very little to no accent, as anon-native speaker, your prestige will be great & people will generally be very positively impressed.

    Everything n language learning depends on your goals - but I would say, keep working on the accent.

    If you want one simple tip, pick an actor whose voice you like, and copy that voice. Accent-modification is mainly an exercise in accurate listening.

    Luck!

    The videos are a great idea.

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    Question 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:

    YouTube - My English Accent an Pronunciation (Spanish) II - Feedback
    I'm really sorry that I just wasn't able to watch your video.
    That's a pity.

    I'm living in Sichuan, China.

    Could anybody tell me how I can visit Youtube?

    It just cannot be opened.

    Any solutions?

    THANKS.

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    Default Re: My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    You accent is the typical spanish one. Between the english and the american, I could say that you are closer to the brittish.
    Good anyway, I understood everything so just a little bit more practice and that's it.
    Success

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    Default Re: My English Accent and Pronunciation (Spanish)

    Thank y'all! Especially BobK; I'm already improving my s sounds.

    It's been a long time, but I just came back to thank you folks and tell you I uploaded... yet another video! Yes, I know. I talk about the australian accent, which I love, and I ask for some tips:

    YouTube - My accent and the Australian Accent

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