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    Re: could you evaluate my speech example?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    I would say that even among native English speakers i.e. AmE, one would hear little difference between pronunciation of "lose" and "loose" in casual conversation and the average listener would understand the use. So, as they would say in South Philly (Philadelphia) "fuhgedabowdit".

    I'd notice if you said "lose" when you meant "loose" and vice versa. You either make a "z" sound or an "s" sound. Though I'd still understand it from context, it would bug me nonetheless.
    At any rate, I was talking about the difference between the spellings of the two words. I'm not sure I've heard anyone mix up "lose" and "loose" in conversation.

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    Re: could you evaluate my speech example?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Perhaps as an alternative to skype interaction you could visit www.manythings.org that includes Listen & Repeat and Pronunciation exercises. You must know/remember that few, if any, non-native speakers totally lose (there's that word again) their native language accent.
    Or if you want something more professional: Skype Pronunciation Classes | Pronunciation StudioPronunciation Studio (it's not an ad, I myself used their service and can definitely recommend them to anyone who really thinks about improving his pronunciation).

    Yea, I have to partly agree with billmcd, in my opinion they (or should I say we :) ? ) actually can lose their foreign accent but to acquire native one is absolutely different story. I'm struggling really hard with general British at the moment so I really mean my words :).

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    Re: could you evaluate my speech example?

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
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    Pretty good overall. There were a number of words where you placed the accent on the wrong syllable or used the wrong vowel sound. "Diagnosis", "wrong", "flood", "Lord", "sounds", and "comment" are a few that come to mind. I didn't detect much of an accent. At times it sounded vaguely British, but that's about it.

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    "lose" = to misplace something; to fail to maintain or preserve something
    "loose" = the opposite of tight; unrestrained
    Hello Vic,
    I listened to my recording to try to understand if I really mix lose and loose in my speech. Then I realized that you have referred to my spelling :)
    Now I realize how wrong I am and will try to write the word 'lose' correctly!

    Could you please advise me once again what is wrong with my pronounciation of the words 'Lord', 'flood', 'comment', 'sounds' ?
    In the word 'wrong' I think that I shouldn't have said the sound 'w' at the beginning, and in the word 'Diagnosis' I should have stressed another syllable, I guess? 'DiAgnosis' ?

    Thank you!

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    Re: could you evaluate my speech example?

    Quote Originally Posted by sharkerr View Post
    Or if you want something more professional: Skype Pronunciation Classes | Pronunciation StudioPronunciation Studio (it's not an ad, I myself used their service and can definitely recommend them to anyone who really thinks about improving his pronunciation).

    Yea, I have to partly agree with billmcd, in my opinion they (or should I say we :) ? ) actually can lose their foreign accent but to acquire native one is absolutely different story. I'm struggling really hard with general British at the moment so I really mean my words :).
    Thank you!
    Do you know any schools that teach American accent? I doubt that my pronounciation is any close to British. I hope that a native speaker from GB will come by this post and tell me if my accent sounds American to him/her.

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