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    #1

    Need help improving speaking and accent

    I'm originally from Bulgaria but moved to the US with my husband recently. I read and write English fairly well but have trouble with speaking fluently. My accent is not very easy to understand for US people.

    This has ruined my chances of getting through job interviews so far. (field - Accounting).

    Any suggestions I can overcome this?

    Thanks,
    Asie

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    #2

    Re: Need help improving speaking and accent

    Quote Originally Posted by AsieUKmasters View Post
    I'm originally from Bulgaria but recently moved to the US with my husband​. recently. I read and write English fairly well but have trouble with speaking fluently. My accent is not very easy to understand for US American people.

    This has ruined my chances of getting through job interviews so far (field - accounting).

    Do you have any suggestions for how I can overcome this?

    Thanks,
    Asie
    Welcome to the forum.

    Your written English is certainly pretty competent. Is your husband American? Do you speak English at home all the time? Do you have regular, lasting contact with native speakers? Do you listen to the radio and watch TV/films in English? Do you know what specific problems you have with your accent/pronunciation? Can you ask a native English speaker friend to explain what it is that they find difficult to understand when you speak.

    You can upload short sound clips here (via sites like Vocaroo) for us to listen to, if you would like to. It's best not to dictate something from a book or a newspaper, just talk naturally as if you were talking to a friend. That will give us an idea of your unrehearsed speech.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Need help improving speaking and accent

    I recommend you that you can watch movies.

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    Re: Need help improving speaking and accent

    For Speaking, the practice implies interaction. However, in unavoidable circumstances, practice can be conducted in isolation also. Listening to the authentic utterances of native speakers is helpful. The acquaintance with the language should be total. For the practice of good accent also, Listening Skills are needed. Practicing Stress, with the help of a good Pronouncing Dictionary is suggested.

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    #5

    Re: Need help improving speaking and accent

    Quote Originally Posted by kamraj View Post
    For speaking, the practice implies interaction. However, in unavoidable circumstances, practice can be conducted in isolation also. Listening to the authentic utterances of native speakers is helpful. The acquaintance with the language should be total. For the practice of good accent also, listening skills are needed. Practicing stress, with the help of a good pronouncing dictionary is suggested.
    Note my corrections above. In complete words, only proper nouns and the first letters of sentences are capitalized.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: Need help improving speaking and accent

    I too would recommend uploading a file so we can get an idea of your pronunciation.

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