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    American accent

    Hi all! Does this guy sound like an American? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I91jLxrNhps
    He insists that he can teach a person to speak like an American.
    P.S. I'm sure he doesn't sound like a native speaker and I don't believe him.

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    Re: American accent

    He is completely understandable but that's not an American accent. Again, I'd be thrilled to be so clear and fluent in a second language. But he sounds like Chekhov in Star Trek.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 13-Apr-2014 at 10:12. Reason: typo
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: American accent

    I'd like to know what he is doing wrong (pronunciation) because I don't want to make the same mistakes when I speak English. Thank you for the reply!

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    Re: American accent

    Some of his sounds are not quite right- when he says wonder, for example, it sounds more like wander. However, he is clear and fluent, as Barb says.

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    Re: American accent

    I wouldn't say he's doing anything at all wrong. The goal is to communicate, not adopt a disguise. He can communicate with complete fluency.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: American accent

    What's his first language? I couldn't find it on his page.

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    Re: American accent

    I couldn't find it either.

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    Re: American accent

    mango7, I agree with Barb. You should also be aware that there is no single American accent. We have many distinct, regional varieties.

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    Re: American accent

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    What's his first language? I couldn't find it on his page.
    His native language is Latvian. He moved to Ireland in 2002.

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    Re: American accent

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    mango7, I agree with Barb. You should also be aware that there is no single American accent. We have many distinct, regional varieties.
    How many American accents do you have? Thank you for the reply!

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