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    Please rate my accent

    Hi, please listen to my recording and rate my accent. Also please guess what my first language is, THANKS

    this is the passage,

    "Man's dearest possession is life, and it is given to him to live but once. He must live so as to feel no torturing regrets for years without purpose, never know the burning shame of a mean and petty past; so live that, dying, he can say: all my life, all my strength were given to the finest cause in all the world——the fight for the Liberation of Mankind."


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    Re: Please rate my accent

    I could follow what you were saying easily enough, though you need to work on your vowel sounds and your intonation- you spoke in a monotone. For example, you say so as to without linking the words up into a unit, which makes the meaning less clear.

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    Re: Please rate my accent

    Yes, there is a big problem of intonation to the point where it almost sounded like a text of unconnected words put together from different sources. This gives it the feel of an artificially generated voice, especially in the first half.

    I'm exaggerating of course, but that's the overall impression. The actual pronunciation of the individual words isn't bad.

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    Re: Please rate my accent

    You were, however, reading a text, which makes intonation less natural than when speaking normally, so this may have accentuated the intonation. Try recording yourself speaking without a text.

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    Re: Please rate my accent

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You were, however, reading a text, which makes intonation less natural than when speaking normally, so this may have accentuated the intonation. Try recording yourself speaking without a text.
    Thanks for the feedbacks. This is me speaking without a text. How does it sound?

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    Re: Please rate my accent

    It does sound better and is less of a monotone, but intonation is an area for you to look at. However, words are grouped together more by meaning, which is an improvement- when people read written texts, they tend to focus on the pronunciation of individual words and pay less attention to the intonation.

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    #7

    Re: Please rate my accent

    PS I would use feedback as an uncountable noun and not in the plural.

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    #8

    Re: Please rate my accent

    Monotone... I would work on intonation. the pronunciation itself is quite ok.

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    #9

    Re: Please rate my accent

    Hi

    I would agree that you need to work on intonation and 'phrasing' to give your speech (both when reading and speaking) a more natural and 'native' sound. I'd like to hazard a guess as to what your first language is; could it be Portuguese?

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    #10

    Re: Please rate my accent

    Thanks, i'm Chinese, i now what i need to work on. i'll be back and ask again once i feel i've made major improvement. i won't give up Thanks!

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