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    Default ioTell me what kind of English-pronunciation I have.

    Hi there!

    I read the first segment from this Wikipedia entry:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_ironing

    I consider myself as a quite well-skilled person in English grammar. I'm a bit dubious about my pronunciation though. If someone could tell me; do I have an accent? What kind of English do I speak region-wise (I know that I have an influence of American English :p, more specific)?

    Here's the sample: http://nlitement.ecwhost.com/misc/ae.mp3

    Thanks in advance! =),
    nlitement

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    Default Re: ioTell me what kind of English-pronunciation I have.

    You stress some words on the wrong syllable- you stressed the first syllable of 'canoe' and didn't use the schwa for the first syllable, so I didn't understand it the first time (I was listening without looking at the text first). Belnding words is another area you could work on- 'bronze statues', for instance, would normally run into each other in connected speech. However, it is very difficult to gauge someone's real pronunciation from reading- reading forces you to use words that you haven't chosen and it is hard to read a text naturally. You could try posting a piece f you speaking normally, rather than reading, to give a clearer picture.

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    Default Re: ioTell me what kind of English-pronunciation I have.

    Here it is:

    http://nlitement.ecwhost.com/misc/speak.mp3

    Transcription:
    OK, so, let's talk about something. I just had it in my mind; it's quite an old news. But, I think it's a pretty big thing. Well, you probably know somethingawful.com, the very popular website. It has a very, very large number of users. They've been donating to their forum users, like buying a kidney, through the -you know- donation funds they had there. Well, recently, you've probably all heard of: Katrina hurricane - struck New Orleans. And that's the place where something awful.com servers are located. No wait, they're not funding to get their servers back. It's just for the victims. So they opened a fund, in Paypal. Unfortunately, that's because they had no other choice, for that time. So, they got up to $30 000s [sic., by mistake :p] in under nine hours. After that, Paypal just closed their account. I mean, what the hell? $30 000 in 9 hours, lost, and that was for the sake of the victims. Ah man, anyways, I hope you have a nice day. Bye!
    I first spoke it, then wrote it.
    Last edited by nlitement; 13-Sep-2005 at 16:24.

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    Default Re: ioTell me what kind of English-pronunciation I have.

    *bump*

    --people are lazy :)

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    Default Re: ioTell me what kind of English-pronunciation I have.

    OK, the issue is stress IMO- you place too much stress on the wrong words sometimes. For example, at the end of the first sentence, you stress 'thing' rather than 'big', which is the more important word. Try to stress the words that carry the meaning or sense of a phrase.

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    Default Re: ioTell me what kind of English-pronunciation I have.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    OK, the issue is stress IMO- you place too much stress on the wrong words sometimes. For example, at the end of the first sentence, you stress 'thing' rather than 'big', which is the more important word. Try to stress the words that carry the meaning or sense of a phrase.
    Well, :p let's try to fix it then. I'll re-record the same text today. Is the pure pronounciation itself good IYO?

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    Default Re: ioTell me what kind of English-pronunciation I have.

    Redone, the pronunciation is definately IMO in an objective view. Of course, since I'm not used to talk alot of AmE, I pronounce some words a bit weird, stress weird, and mess up. :p

    Use the URL I mostfirst posted.

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    Default Re: ioTell me what kind of English-pronunciation I have.

    I'm moving this thread into the pronunciation area and am going to ask an AE speaker to drop by and comment on the AE.

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    Default Re: ioTell me what kind of English-pronunciation I have.

    Quote Originally Posted by nlitement
    Hi there!

    I read the first segment from this Wikipedia entry:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_ironing

    I consider myself as a quite well-skilled person in English grammar. I'm a bit dubious about my pronunciation though. If someone could tell me; do I have an accent? What kind of English do I speak region-wise (I know that I have an influence of American English :p, more specific)?

    Here's the sample: http://nlitement.ecwhost.com/misc/ae.mp3

    Thanks in advance! =),
    nlitement

    I would say it sounds kind of midwestern.

    Where did you learn to speak English?

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    Quote Originally Posted by X Mode
    I would say it sounds kind of midwestern.

    Where did you learn to speak English?
    In Finland, but I'm of Russian descent. I watched cartoon network alot when I was small, and it just came out. My spelling really blew that time though and I pronounced quite bad. I was probably 11 years or so when it got better. Most Scandinavians get their pronunciation from Hollywood movies. I've noticed I learn pronunciation quite fast these days too. I can talk AuE for 2 min., after that, I choke. BrE goes well but the problem is that I sometimes start to talk AuE in the middle of it. I got my French pronunciation fluent in 1 year. My riksvensk pronunciation goes well too except for the syllable stressing order, which of course reveals my origin :p.

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