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    Greetings! I'm a non-native English speaker and was wondering if any native speakers would be willing to comment on my American pronunciation. The first link is to my reading of an article from Yahoo News and the second to my reading of individual sounds of special concern to me (e.g. -er, -ar, -or, -ull/-ool). I tried to sound natural while reading the passage without overpronunciation--my speech tends to be fast. My rendering of individual sounds is slightly overpronounced to give the listener a clearer idea of my distinctive pronunciation patterns. Which sounds and intonation patterns should I focus on improving? Thanks for your help. Alex

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    http://h1.ripway.com/nosceteipsum/pronunciationaid1.wav
    Individual sounds:
    http://h1.ripway.com/nosceteipsum/pronunciationaid2.wav

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    The reading is generally fine, but when rreading texts, there is always an element of unnatural pronunciation because they aren't your own words. What would be more useful would be a recoring of you talking more naturally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol View Post
    The reading is generally fine, but when rreading texts, there is always an element of unnatural pronunciation because they aren't your own words. What would be more useful would be a recoring of you talking more naturally.
    Thanks for your comment. I get your point about the artificiality of sound when reading texts, especially when they are not intended for oral delivery. Here's a link to my saying out loud some of the messages I've written on this forum, http://h1.ripway.com/nosceteipsum/pronunciationaid4.mp3, and here's a link to my reading an excerpt from Clinton's inauguration address in 1996, http://h1.ripway.com/nosceteipsum/pronunciationaid5.mp3. Do any specific sounds stand out as 'unnatural'? What pronunciation patterns require my greatest attention? Thanks again, Alex.

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