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    armani9 is offline Newbie
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    Default How bad or annoying is my accent?

    Hello,

    I am a newbie here...

    Here's a bit about myself, I am 23rd year old female, living in London for the past 10 years. I am a med student and I really hate my accent.

    Although I have lived in the UK for so many years, for some reason I still have a foreign accent (or at least I think so)... Some people think i'm Australian, whilst others say I have a british accent etc etc...

    I would like to hear your thoughts and help me to improve my accent or even tell me what am I doing (saying) wrong.

    It would be very much appreciated if you could give some feedback.

    Here's a youtube video where you can listen to my accent :

    http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?feature=mhum

    Many thanks

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    Default Re: How bad or annoying is my accent?

    There's no video there... You linked to your videos, but every user will see the videos uploaded by them on that page. Could you fix the link?

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    armani9 is offline Newbie
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    Default Re: How bad or annoying is my accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    There's no video there... You linked to your videos, but every user will see the videos uploaded by them on that page. Could you fix the link?
    Thank you for bringing this to my attention, here's the URL that can be accessed by those with the link:

    YouTube - Guess what country i'm from? What do you think of my accent?

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    birdeen's call is offline VIP Member
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    Default Re: How bad or annoying is my accent?

    If I had listened to this video without any a priori knowledge, I would be sure you're a native Australian. Australian members may disagree.

    I don't find you accent annoying at all. It's very nice in my opinion.

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    Default Re: How bad or annoying is my accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by armani9 View Post
    Although I have lived in the UK for so many years, for some reason I still have a foreign accent (or at least I think so)... Some people think i'm Australian, whilst others say I have a british accent etc etc...

    I would like to hear your thoughts and help me to improve my accent or even tell me what am I doing (saying) wrong.
    I am not an expert in this field, but here goes.

    If you had not said that you had a foreign accent, implying that you are not a native speaker, I would have placed you as a native speaker from London or the or the south-east of England. I could not detect any Australian influence. If you are not a native speaker then I would hazard a guess that your parents were Indian. I would not be at all surprised to learn that I am completely wrong - I am not basing my guess on any trace of Indian intonation in your voice, but on the fact that I know a few people of Indian origin who speak with a similar accent. (I had assumed at least two of these to be native speakers of BrE until they told me that they were not.)

    Your accent itself is very commonly heard these days in all walks of life, and I would not worry about 'improving' it. The only thing I would tentatively suggest, if you really dislike your accent, is to try to get a wider range of expression into your delivery. Your voice is a little flat and unexciting. Do not go mad and copy the near-hysterical delivery of some television presenters, but liven it up a little, especially if you are going to be working with the public.

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    Default Re: How bad or annoying is my accent?

    Your accent is clear and understandable. It is clear that you have learned from British and Australian accents - it is a combination of both (I am Canadian).

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    Default Re: How bad or annoying is my accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    If you had not said that you had a foreign accent, implying that you are not a native speaker, I would have placed you as a native speaker from London or the or the south-east of England. I could not detect any Australian influence.
    The Australian accents are similar to that spoken in the south-east of England

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    Default Re: How bad or annoying is my accent?

    Armani, if you really want to make changes in your accent (I wouldn't recommend it, but it's none of my business after all), you could work on your diphthongs, for example: "over", "hate". This is what seems most striking in your accent to me. It's only my opinion though and I'm not an expert.

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    Default Re: How bad or annoying is my accent?

    I am not a teacher.

    I hear London suburbs. You sound a little like Freema Agyeman in Law and Order UK.

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    Default Re: How bad or annoying is my accent?

    It was clear that you were reading, which means we cannot know what your accent is really like as you could easily have been forcing it. The only sure way to assess someone's accent is to listen to their relaxed conversation.

    BUT, your accent is not important to anybody else, so why should it be to you? People might query it, trying to place your origin, but it really doesn't bother them. I suggest that you relax on this point and just be yourself. Ask your friends what they like about you and what they dislike - I doubt any of them will say they hate your accent!

    I have always recommended to non-native English speakers that they do not try to speak as if they are. There is absolutely nothing wrong with either a foreign accent or a regional one. All that is important in the way you speak is that you do so clearly.

    Cheer up!

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