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    Improving accent of Spoken english

    I've lived in the US for many years now. I've had many people tell me they have problems understanding my accent. My words may be muddled, or I may be speaking too fast. I'm not sure exactly whats wrong.

    I need an expert to listen to me and give me advice and feedback. I cannot do anything by listening to radio or TV because unless I practice myself I cannot improve.

    Are there any training/practice programs, companies, trainers, CDs, videos, one-on-one sessions that I can make use of to improve my spoken English?

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    Re: Improving accent of Spoken english

    There are tutors of English and teachers of speech who can certainly help you, but that kind of one-on-one help tends to be pretty costly. Your state or local government may offer free or low-cost group courses in ESL (English as a second language) where you can get much cheaper help with your accent. I used to teach those myself. That is probably your best bet in my opinion. Although in this computerized age there may be online or other automated aids, given that you have been in the US for many years, your problem seems to be that you are not hearing the differences between your pronunciation and that of other American speakers. Maybe today's software is powerful enough to help with that, but I am far from sure. A real human teacher will probably be best for you.

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    Re: Improving accent of Spoken english

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    There are tutors of English and teachers of speech who can certainly help you, but that kind of one-on-one help tends to be pretty costly. Your state or local government may offer free or low-cost group courses in ESL (English as a second language) where you can get much cheaper help with your accent. I used to teach those myself. That is probably your best bet in my opinion. Although in this computerized age there may be online or other automated aids, given that you have been in the US for many years, your problem seems to be that you are not hearing the differences between your pronunciation and that of other American speakers. Maybe today's software is powerful enough to help with that, but I am far from sure. A real human teacher will probably be best for you.
    Thanks much! I will try to find those local state/city assistant groups.

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    Re: Improving accent of Spoken english

    Dear Techbuzz:

    Try to Learn phonetics and phonology, that will help you a lot in improving your pronunciation, indeed, it has helped to improve mine significantly.


    Regards.

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