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ChronozixChronozix Posts: 23 ✭✭
Hey everyone.
I choose to speak with an American accent. When I speak, I think that my accent sounds good, but I just recorded myself talking and you can hear that I'm French. Do you have the same problem, like you think you have a proper accent but when you listen to it it's not that good ?
Guess I need some practice !

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  • Rere2016Rere2016 Posts: 77 ✭✭
    Practice and practice is a great way to speak well and pick up the correct accent :)
  • ChronozixChronozix Posts: 23 ✭✭
    @Rere2016 You're right :smile:
  • darbriderdarbrider Posts: 20 ✭✭
    Practicing by yourself may not improve your accent, you need to listen to conversation and repeat / overshadow the speakers to improve. Here's a nice youtube video about improving your speaking : youtu.be/BOxiLOXVkik (sorry I can't post links here)
  • YevhenYevhen Posts: 69 ✭✭
    edited January 9
    Hi @Rere2016 . Do not get me wrong, it is not a stone to your garden, but just a saying "practice, practice and practice..." means nothing. It has no sense due to lack of any context. (how to practice, what to use and why etc.)

    Hi @darbrider . You are absolutely right. But people often do not believe that this method can give more than group classes or any other who-knows-what-oriented techniques. There are a lot of misconceptions about learning languages.

    It took me some time to understand what really works. Moreover, I would recommend every learner to make this routine more difficult as their level gets better by asking such questions themselves. At the beginning, it is highly important to record yourself to be able to analyze and correct your questions and answers.

    Only now, when we have a clear idea what to do, the triple-practice rule can be applied. I did not dig deeply trying to explain all the pros and cons, but the magic secret of speaking topic is briefly covered.

    One who reads this message, challenge yourself to a one-month experiment, you will improve significantly.

    @Chronozix, may we hear your accent anywhere? You may share a link to your recording in the following thread:
    www.learn-english-forum.org/discussion/4390/your-recordings#latest

    By the way, take a look at this topic:
    www.learn-english-forum.org/discussion/3053/what-about-accent/p1

    Som people dislike the Dutch prime minister's accent:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=937C23Wb1vw

    What is your opinion about Mark Rutte's speaking?
  • nachonacho Posts: 13 ✭✭
    I feel pretty much the same. In my head everything sounds good, but when I have to say it I realise that there's much to know yet...
  • lanvylanvy Posts: 3
    Even I haven't spoken out but people can guess I from Vietnam lol :D
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