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    Which accent do I speak?

    Well, most people i met thinks i have a heavy accent. If so, I'd like to know which accent do I speak, and is it really heavy or not? What do you think?
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    Re: Which accent do I speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashlander View Post
    Well, Most people I meet thinks think I have a heavy accent. If so, I'd like to know which accent do I speak have, and if it is is it really heavy or not. What do you think?

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzG...w?usp=drivesdk
    Welcome to the forum.

    Note my corrections above. I have listened to your clip and I have to agree with those other people you meet. You do have a strong accent. If I hadn't already looked at your profile and seen that you are Turkish, I would probably have said that you were probably an Arabic speaker or maybe from one of the southern ex-Russian states.

    Reading from a pre-prepared text doesn't always give us a good idea of how learners really speak. Try recording yourself just talking. Don't prepare it in advance, just speak a few sentences that come into your mind.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 31-Oct-2017 at 11:27.
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    Re: Which accent do I speak?

    Yes, you have a strong accent. My guess was Russian, but looking at your profile, I see it's Turkish.

    Rember that learning an accent is not the same thing as learning a language. Becoming fluent in English is great, but that doesn't mean you have to lose your accent. A lot of people who are totally fluent keep their accents for their entire lives. There's nothing wrong with that. It's part of who you are.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Which accent do I speak?

    Thank you for doing that. That recording was much more natural and understandable than the first. I hope you weren't offended when I said I might have thought you were an Arabic speaker - it was mainly the use of the very throaty "ch/gh" sound in the first recording that made me think that. In your second recording, it wasn't really there at all (for example, when you said "I have", you did not make that throaty sound at the beginning of "have") so perhaps it only pops up when you're reading a text. I understood what you said clearly. There are a few pronunciation issues but you had already identified that as an area in need of improvement.
    For example "native". You pronounce the first three letters as "nat", as if they rhyme with "cat/sat/mat" but that's incorrect. The first sound in the word is "nay", rhymes with "say". So it's "nay-tiv".

    Have you tried using Forvo? It's a great pronunciation website. Choose the language you want to hear (English) and then type in the word you want to hear. You will then get lots of recordings of the word, made by native speakers from all over the world. It's really useful.

    Here's the list of recordings for the word "native".
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    Re: Which accent do I speak?

    Thanks, i will try.

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    Re: Which accent do I speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashlander View Post
    Thanks, I will try it.
    I assume you meant that you will try using Forvo. If so, you needed the word "it" after "try".

    You're welcome. Remember to capitalise the word "I" every time you write it. Also, please note that you don't need to write a new post to say "Thank you" to anyone. Clicking on the "Thank" button (as you have already done) is all we need.
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    Re: Which accent do I speak?

    So, now that you listened the second recording, what do you think about my accent? I reckon it is still strong, but i'd love to learn your idea as a native speaker and an English teacher.

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    Re: Which accent do I speak?

    I gave my opinion about the second recording in post #5. Your accent is still strong but you're understandable.
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    Re: Which accent do I speak?

    Not like that, like Russian, or British et cetera.

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