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    #31

    Re: Do I sound like British (45 sec. recording)?

    I agree strongly with posts #24 and #28.

    Listening to your recent recording, I can hear that you've improved greatly in the past seven months in terms of losing the rhotic /r/ sound.

    In my opinion, most of your work now should be focused on prosody. My advice to you would be to find a suitable model audio clip spoken by a proficient and articulate native-British English-speaking man and spend time trying to imitate exactly his intonation, stressing, pacing and pausing.

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    #32

    Re: Do I sound like British (45 sec. recording)?

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    My advice to you would be to find a suitable model audio clip spoken by a proficient and articulate native-British English-speaking man ….
    Note jutfrank's advice, with my emphasis. Men and women typically have distinctive, but not radically different, speaking patterns in English. You'll sound a bit odd if you adopt typically female patterns, but you won't sound "nasty". The patterns overlap among native speakers; some males use more typically female patterns and vice versa.
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