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    #1

    Question pronunciation~~~

    How can I speak like an American or British native speaker?
    What aspect should I pay more attention to?

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    #2

    Re: pronunciation~~~

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    If you want to speak like an American or British you need to live there at least 5 years (or even more) I think.
    You can't speak without an accent even if you enrol in English courses in your locality. You can find enormous quantity video about AmE and BrE on Youtube. There are huge number of articles about it as well. Moreover, if you want to improve your speaking you must speak as much as possible. (preferably to native speakers). You can improve your pronunciation by listening to something (I listen to the BBC Radio 4 extra).
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 08-Mar-2014 at 10:03.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: pronunciation~~~

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley.L View Post
    How can I speak like an American or British native speaker?
    What aspect should I pay more attention to?
    Please check the accuracy of the information in your profile.

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    #4

    Re: pronunciation~~~

    According to your profile, you are currently living in England. If that is the case, you are in the perfect position to improve your English accent. Where in the UK do you live? Have you searched for language exchange programs in your local area? Have you checked the local press to see if there are any native speakers who are willing to give conversation practice?
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 08-Mar-2014 at 15:58. Reason: Typo correction
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: pronunciation~~~

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley.L View Post
    How can I speak like an American or British native speaker?
    What aspect should I pay more attention to?
    Americans and British speak differently, so if you want to speak like one, you should decide which first.

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    #6

    Re: pronunciation~~~

    Also, you should understand (especially in the UK) that people don't all speak in the same way. Age, gender, social class, geographical region and many other factors all play a part in determining the way someone speaks. You must gradually find a way which is unique to you and which allows you to express the identity you wish to express.

    But let me add that what I think largely characterises a native speaker's speech is the rhythm with which she speaks. If you can imitate the stress-timed rhythm of native English-speakers, you will sound a bit like one. Let me also add that it is extremely rare for a non-native speaker to ever achieve a fully native accent, so it's not a useful objective to have, if that is your goal.
    Last edited by jutfrank; 09-Mar-2014 at 02:01.

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    #7

    Re: pronunciation~~~

    I will pay attention to it. Thanks~

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    #8
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    In my opinion,you can listen to songs by American singers or watch American dramas.Besides,if you have enough time and money,you might as well travel to America.When living with the local people,talking with them,you can improve your accent.
    Last edited by sissi lee; 16-Mar-2014 at 04:44. Reason: Added "Not a teacher"statement

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    #9
    It seems a little pointless to suggest that the OP travel to America. According to the member profile, he/she is already living in England and is, therefore, in the perfect position to practice English. We are still waiting to hear from the OP again in this thread.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Question Re: pronunciation~~~

    Quote Originally Posted by sissi lee View Post
    Not a teacher

    In my opinion,you can listen to songs by American singers or watch American dramas.Besides,if you have enough time and money,you might as well travel to America.When living with the local people,talking with them,you can improve your accent.
    For example: If I've got to listen to a British singer... what do you think about Dido? or... American singer... maybe... slowly songs by Lady Gaga (like Spechless or ARTPOP), is it a good idea?

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