Student or Learner
About two weeks ago, I bought 4 cd's and a booklet from "Living Language", it's about "Easy American Idioms"... I've been learning common American idioms there. And the book contains lots of dialogues as well, wherein the speakers really has great accent... I love listening to it over and over again. I gain accent faster than idiom knowledge from the program,... It's really amazing. But if you're not quite into idioms, I think they also got "Basic English, Business English, Travel English..." You could choose what you think fits you well...
All the best!
Listening to a two-hour lecture certainly has its merits, but you would also benefit from studying individual sounds in detail.
Phonetics: The Sounds of English and Spanish - The University of Iowa
I didn't study from this site, but this is pretty much how I learned to pronounce English sounds: written instructions on how to pronounce each particular sound accompanied with the corresponding mouth anatomy and audios of native English speakers.
I learned the English pronounciation this way in Korea, and although I hadn't had any real-life interactions with native speakers of English there, my pronounciation was perceived quite native-like when I first came to Canada. I still fumble at times when I pronounce words like 'community', 'deodorant', and 'rural route', but overall I think I've now acquired a native North American accent because most native speakers can't tell I'm a non-native unless I tell them or unless I write, in which I make grammatical mistakes quite often.
What I've noticed over the years of interacting with other non-natives is that many of them are well aware of their area of weakness in pronouncing consonants but not vowels. In my humble opinion, mispronounced consonants are not so much of what render speech incomprehensible as mispronounced vowels.
I remember having been instructed to stick one or two fingers vertically between lips to prounce certain vowels, I now forgot which one corresponds to which vowel, but thinking back, that was an interesting method.
Last edited by HaraKiriBlade; 27-Jan-2008 at 08:53.
And I admire you that you have obtained the accent similar to that of native Americans. It is very difficult to achieve that unless large amounts of time and efforts has been sacrificed! Countless language learners are wondering how they can impove their language capabilities. The biggest question here is how much time they are willing to spend on it!
You are really something!
Seventh heaven. I don't know. From the Bible. Maybe. But as far as I know the Bible only speaks of the third heaven. Well, I think being in the seventh heaven feels far more than that. Intriguing!
About the accent and time. Well, if someone truly desires to LEARN as much as he can, he should realize that the time he/she spends on studying spells the skills he/she would acquire. If more time you alot for something then more knowledge/skills you will get, and vice versa.