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    pronunciation

    Hi, there. Could you please give me a feedback about my pronunciation. (When it comes to pronunciation, my goal is to develop a clear, understandable pronunciation with appropriate intonation and stress. I don't want to sound like a native speaker because I know that is a lofty goal for me.) Can you understand my pronunciation comfortably (not painfully)?

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    Re: pronunciation

    Well done. I understood every word. It was very clear and the stress and intonation were correct throughout. The only word I think you need to practise more is "angrily" to make the difference between "r" and "l" clearer. I am aware that the difference between those two letters is particularly challenging for Chinese speakers.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: pronunciation

    You over-stress the final stressed syllable of many sentences. This won't impair comprehension at all, but it's the most "foreign" aspect of your excellent delivery. Just relaxing a little will probably improve this a lot.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You over-stress the final stressed syllable of many sentences.
    Would you please illustrate this with one or two examples?
    Please correct my writing if there's any grammatical solecism.

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    Re: pronunciation

    Hi. You do have good pronunciation for a Chinese speaker of English. Chinese pronunciation is very different from English, which makes it hard for Chinese speakers in this language. But as the others said, yours is good. You've obviously worked at it and are aware of some of the main difficulties. I have a few suggestions, if you'd like to consider them.

    1. You can enunciate the ending sounds of words more. This will make you easier to understand. Mostly the hard sounds, like 'd' and 't', as well as ending blends like 'ng'. Once you've practised that, you can work on blending them into the rhythm so it sounds natural - a difficult thing about English, and maybe other languages, is enunciating sounds clearly, but then blending others and linking words together in a sentence to make the right rhythm. It all takes work and patience.

    2. Your vowels are pretty good, but you can still 'lean' on some of them less, and correct the sounds a little.

    3. If you want to (you said you don't need to sound like a native speaker, but this does help with comprehension for others), you could work on the rhythm a little. Spoken English has a syncopated rhythm, while Chinese has a very even rhythm. Yours (in English) is in the middle, so better than most, but could still improve if you wanted to sound even clearer.
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    Re: pronunciation

    Welcome to the forum, LivingEnglish-Tamara.

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