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    Zeejk is offline Newbie
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    Check my speech/accent

    Greetings,
    About three years ago I've started to use English, mostly watching movies & chatting. Recently I've realized that I have not spoke with anyone yet. Anyway, I've got a guitar with me, and I make recordings frequently, so here's the result: vocaroo. com/i/s0EUfxty3oKv
    1) Am i understandable?
    2) Guess my accent?
    Oh and sorry for song, I guess many won't like it, it's random improvisation so it lacks a lot of sense (and text structure too), and my voice is one of creepy kind too.

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    Chicken Sandwich is offline Senior Member
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    Re: Check my speech/accent

    Quote Originally Posted by Zeejk View Post
    About three years ago I've started to use English, mostly watching movies & chatting. Recently I've realized that I have not spoke with anyone yet.
    And yet your profile says that American English is your native language.

    On this forum, you are required to show your true native language, home country and location. An accurate assessment of your speech can still be made even if we know where you're from.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zeejk View Post
    1) Am I understandable?
    2) Guess my accent?
    I cannot make an assessment based on this recording. Please provide a clear recording of your speech without any kind of background music.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 28-Sep-2012 at 12:29.

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    Re: Check my speech/accent

    If you are a singer, you know that you have to tune vowel formants in order to scale up/down vowels smoothly. People use different terms to refer this process: smoothing through the passagio; smoothing out register breaks. In phonetic terms, harmonics (of phonated tone) have to match formants of the vocal tract; otherwise, the transition is not smooth on the scale. In other words, the vowel quality changes from the low pitch to high pitch. They call it vowel/formant tuning. Given this, listeners care more about the smoothness of transitions, than aboiut he exact vowel quality.

    Second, the intonation (cadence like 1-4-5)) of a song is different from speech. So, it is a futile exercise when it comes to accent detection.

    Just record yourself while you are talking to a friend. And upload it, so that people can tell what accent you have.

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