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    Default Does my American accent sound convincing?

    I like to learn different English accents. A few months ago, I posted a recording of my British English accent and everyone thought that I sounded like a native speaker from England.

    Now I'm back, but this time with a recording of my attempt at an American accent. The recording runs for only 1 minute and 43 seconds, so I hope that I'm not wasting too much of your time. I'd appreciate it if you could answer the following two questions:

    1. Does my American accent sound convincing?
    2. If so, does it remind of you any particular region in the US?

    Listen here, or click here for a direct download link. It's a very spontaneous recording, I didn't read a text or anything.

    Thank you in advance.
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    Default Re: Does my American accent sound convincing?

    I'm a BrE speaker and so not an authority, but I would say it was less convincing that your BrE.

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    Default Re: Does my American accent sound convincing?

    It sounded like an Australian or Brit trying to mimic an American movie trailer voice over (a la Don LaFontaine). That is to say, I think you're trying a little too hard. A general American accent isn't very affected or nasal. Just relax a bit and speak at you normal pitch.

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    Default Re: Does my American accent sound convincing?

    Mind you, if I could sound like a native speaker imitating a different variant, I'd be chuffed.

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    Default Re: Does my American accent sound convincing?

    Thank you for your time, Tdol and SlickVic9000. I really appreaciate it.

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
    It sounded like an Australian or Brit trying to mimic an American movie trailer voice over (a la Don LaFontaine). That is to say, I think you're trying a little too hard. A general American accent isn't very affected or nasal. Just relax a bit and speak at you normal pitch.
    I see where you're coming from. At first I thought that it sounded OK, but then I listened to it again after I had read your reply and now I hear how forced and exaggerated the whole thing is.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 20-Oct-2012 at 17:16.

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