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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    How does my accent soud?

    https://voca.ro/18gvPxDWXU22

    Sorry if it's a bit long! I tried to record myself reading a newspaper article out loud. This one is from the New York Times. I try to do this exercice as often as possible to work on pronunciation and speech fluency.

    Don't hesitate to give me your impressions^^

  2. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #2

    Re: How does my accent soud?

    It's good. However, give us a text of you speaking naturally, not reading, and well be able to hear what you really sound like- reading texts aloud makes for unnatural intonation.

    I had to click on your profile to see where you are from.

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    #3

    Re: How does my accent soud?

    Thank you for your feedback! I'll try to do that^^

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    #4

    Re: How does my accent soud?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ice-Kagen View Post
    Thank you for your feedback! I'll try to do that.

    ^^ Don't try to make your own emoticons. If you really need one, click on the button in the toolbar and choose one.
    Note my correction (in red) and comment (in grey) above. In future, there is no need to write a new post to thank someone. Simply click on the "Thank" button on any post you find helpful.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: How does my accent soud?

    I didn't invent that emoticon, it exists. Is it forbidden in the rules of the forum to use keyboard emojis? I'll remember the rule about using the button!

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    #6

    Re: How does my accent soud?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ice-Kagen View Post
    I didn't invent that emoticon, it exists. Is it forbidden in the rules of the forum to use keyboard emojis? I'll remember the rule about using the button!
    I didn't say you invented it, but you tried to use one that isn't from the forum's list of emoticons. Also, you used it instead of a closing punctuation mark. That was incorrect. You must end a sentence with a punctuation mark, and then a space before any emoticon.

    I've seen ^^ here from a few learners but I still have absolutely no idea what it's supposed to mean. It just looks like a cat's ears to me.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: How does my accent soud?

    A few years ago, if memory serves, a user told us what ^^ supposedly means in text or chat, but I am currently unable to find the thread, nor an authoritative answer on the web. In any case ^^ isn't part of the English language so in my view it has no place here.

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    #8

    Re: How does my accent soud?

    Your pronunciation isn't bad, but it would help if you paced yourself. You tend to run syllables together, which makes some of the words hard to understand.
    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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