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    Is it pssible to learn British or American accent

    I usually meet people from UK and USA. I really feel difficulty to understand their accents. I wish to improve my accent please tell me the way to practice British and American accents.

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    Re: Is it pssible to learn British or American accent

    Make a start by reading the Similar Threads below.

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    Re: Is it pssible to learn British or American accent

    Quote Originally Posted by innocent lady View Post
    I usually meet people from UK and USA. I really feel difficulty to understand their accents. I wish to improve my accent please tell me the way to practice British and American accents.
    If you're going to try to acquire an accent, I think it would be better to go for either American or British- trying to acquire both and switch between them could be very difficult. How much listening do you do? Listening to a wide variety of accents will help you cope when you meet native speakers. And don't be embarrassed to ask them to repeat things or talk more slowly- remember that you're doing to hard work in trying to understand them.

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    Re: Is it pssible to learn British or American accent

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    Hello, Innocent Lady:

    I agree that you should decide on one accent.

    Then please remember that accents vary in a nation. If you choose to speak "American," then you will want to

    choose which variety of "American." For example, here in California we pronounce "car" as "car." But I hear that

    in New York, they do not pronounce the "r" in "car." I am sure that you have heard the difference between the

    way people speak in the southern part of the United States and the way they speak in the middle of the country.

    Of course, I know nothing about British accents, but I hear that one's accent in the United Kingdom can have an

    important role in the success or failure of one's career. So if you decide on a British accent, be sure to seek good

    advice so that you choose a "good" accent to adopt and emulate. (Maybe it is changing today, but I have read that

    in the United Kingdom, people know what social class you belong to as soon as you start speaking.)

    Best of luck on your decision.

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    Re: Is it pssible to learn British or American accent

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    Hello, Innocent Lady:

    I agree that you should decide on one accent.

    Then please remember that accents vary in a nation. If you choose to speak "American," then you will want to

    choose which variety of "American." For example, here in California we pronounce "car" as "car." But I hear that

    in New York, they do not pronounce the "r" in "car."
    I am sure that you have heard the difference between the

    way people speak in the southern part of the United States and the way they speak in the middle of the country.

    Of course, I know nothing about British accents, but I hear that one's accent in the United Kingdom can have an

    important role in the success or failure of one's career. So if you decide on a British accent, be sure to seek good

    advice so that you choose a "good" accent to adopt and emulate. (Maybe it is changing today, but I have read that

    in the United Kingdom, people know what social class you belong to as soon as you start speaking.)

    Best of luck on your decision.
    I see!
    He doesn't pronounce 'r' in the song...

    "I've seen all the movie stars in their fancy cars and their limousines..."
                            'New York State Of Mind'
    written and sung by Billy Joel

    Thank you for the information!
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    Re: Is it pssible to learn British or American accent

    In Boston they pronounce "Rs" even less.

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    Re: Is it pssible to learn British or American accent

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I see!
    He doesn't pronounce 'r' in the song...
    "I've seen all the movie stars in their fancy cars and their limousines..."
                            'New York State Of Mind'
    written and sung by Billy Joel
    Be VERY cautious when using songs as a pronunciation or grammar guide! Singers and songwriters of pop music will often do very strange things with the language to achieve a rhyme or rhythm, or to appeal to teenagers - I've heard some really terrible stuff...!
    Billy Joel is one of the best, however.

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    Re: Is it pssible to learn British or American accent

    Quote Originally Posted by innocent lady View Post
    I usually meet people from UK and USA. I really feel difficulty to understand their accents. I wish to improve my accent please tell me the way to practice British and American accents.
    As I have responded many times to questions such as yours, concentrate on pronunciation rather than accent. And as for an American accent, would you like the New York, South Philadelphia, New England, Southern or Lake Region accent (or possibly several others)? Check out www.manythings.com to practice pronunciation.

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    Re: Is it pssible to learn British or American accent

    Quote Originally Posted by innocent lady View Post
    . . . please tell me the way to practice British and American accents.
    As long as your English pronunciation is understandable, I advise you to stick to the accent which comes naturally to you.

    A foreign accent is often an attractive feature in a person, and trying to imitate someone else's can make you a figure of fun.

    Even professional actors, trained by voice coaches, often sound ridiculous when speaking outside their comfort zone.

    Rover

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    Re: Is it pssible to learn British or American accent

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    As long as your English pronunciation is understandable, I advise you to stick to the accent which comes naturally to you.



    Rover
    I always think that why people concentrate more on accent instead of making their own accent understandable to others.Many things contribute to accent, most important one is the influence of their mother tongue on the learning language(in this case English).I have seen many people who try to speak like a native speaker but don't know how to articulate what they think.So, IMO, I feel that people should concentrate more on how to use the language in an effective way rather than trying to speak like a native speaker.

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