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    How is my accent

    Hi. I'm studying English and i usually prefer American accent but i also enjoy the british one. I chose a text from Cambridge ielts book and read it.
    http://www.4shared.com/get/yPMXJN5mc..._17_06_20.html
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    Re: How is my accent

    Your accent sounds more British- than American-influenced because you drop Rs at the ends of syllables in words like "surface". I wouldn't worry about that, though.

    Understanding the reading was more difficult because you mispronounced certain key words. I've listed some of them below.

    The first vowel in "geckos" is the same as the vowel in bed, not the vowel in sleep. A vowel followed by two consonants is nearly always pronounced as a short vowel.

    Emphasize the first syllable of "lizards". Pronounce the second vowel as a schwa.

    The adjective minute and the noun minute are pronounced differently. Adjective: my-NOOT (AmE). Noun: MINN-it, with two short Is.

    You should review the pronunciation of mechanism.

    Toes is not pronounced like "toys"; rather, it rhymes with nose.

    The first syllable is emphasized in contact.

    You should review the pronunciation of slipped.

    Good luck!
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: How is my accent

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Your accent sounds more British- than American-influenced because you drop Rs at the ends of syllables in words like "surface". I wouldn't worry about that, though.

    Understanding the reading was more difficult because you mispronounced certain key words. I've listed some of them below.

    The first vowel in "geckos" is the same as the vowel in bed, not the vowel in sleep. A vowel followed by two consonants is nearly always pronounced as a short vowel.

    Emphasize the first syllable of "lizards". Pronounce the second vowel as a schwa.

    The adjective minute and the noun minute are pronounced differently. Adjective: my-NOOT (AmE). Noun: MINN-it, with two short Is.

    You should review the pronunciation of mechanism.

    Toes is not pronounced like "toys"; rather, it rhymes with nose.

    The first syllable is emphasized in contact.

    You should review the pronunciation of slipped.

    Good luck!
    Thanks for your professional reply. Actually i use British accent just for fun! I usually speak in American accent. But the problem is in the place that i live there's no native speaker or a really skillful teacher! However i'm trying to be the best!

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    Re: How is my accent

    You're doing well under the circumstances. Two bits of advice for written English:

    1. Always capitalize the word I.
    2. Use exclamation points sparingly.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: How is my accent

    Please also note that the b in climb is silent, as it is with other words ending in -mb: thumb, dumb, numb, lamb, bomb, limb, comb.

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