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    #1

    Me speaking American English, what needs to be improved? (Warning: profanity)

    Well, recorded myself ranting and spouting nonsense (may make sense to some people), and I was wondering what I have to improve to genuinely sound like your average American.



    http://vocaroo.com/i/s0jv6RdKFqvI

    http://vocaroo.com/i/s01QewYVqjcx

    I'm afraid I sound very nasal...

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    #2

    Re: Me speaking American English, what needs to be improved? (Warning: profanity)

    You're doing fine! I don't think you need to work on a thing. I'm impressed. Most non-native English speakers who think they sound native don't.

    As for sounding nasal, you're not bad at all. Lots of white citizens of northern U.S. sound a little bit nasal. That's why African Americans call us honkies.

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    #3

    Re: Me speaking American English, what needs to be improved? (Warning: profanity)

    There appear to be several possible ideas on the origin of that word: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honky

    The OP should know that this is not a word that should be used on a day-to-day basis.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Me speaking American English, what needs to be improved? (Warning: profanity)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There appear to be several possible ideas on the origin of that word: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honky

    The OP should know that this is not a word that should be used on a day-to-day basis.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YblRW2E2qg

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    Re: Me speaking American English, what needs to be improved? (Warning: profanity)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There appear to be several possible ideas on the origin of that word: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honky

    The OP should know that this is not a word that should be used on a day-to-day basis.
    It's a bit dated, too. We're "crackers" now.

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    #6

    Re: Me speaking American English, what needs to be improved? (Warning: profanity)

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's a bit dated, too. We're "crackers" now.
    No, cracker is older than redneck. So is peckerwood.

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    #7

    Re: Me speaking American English, what needs to be improved? (Warning: profanity)

    With all of the bad language and swearing, I'd say you're coming from Northern Europe. For some reason, people over there seem to have a weakness for that sort of language, especially when they speak English. That's just a dead giveaway, most of the time.

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    Re: Me speaking American English, what needs to be improved? (Warning: profanity)

    They're probably picking it up from the British.

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    #9

    Re: Me speaking American English, what needs to be improved? (Warning: profanity)

    I guess they're mostly picking it up from American tv shows, as they've been exposed to a lot of that stuff recently :p.

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    #10

    Re: Me speaking American English, what needs to be improved? (Warning: profanity)

    What I meant was that swearing is very common in some areas in BrE.

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