How do you practice your accent?
I don't know if anyone else has this issue, but as I have never taken spanish before, the pronunciation is rather hard for me. how do you all practice, in your respective courses?
I think listening helps a lot. I listen to Spsnish music on Pandora and Batanga, and watch Spanish TV
I listen to Spanish music on Pandora as well... Would you mind sharing your favorite stations? :)
Just say the word as many times as necessary to get it right. It is all about repetition!
Bad advice, repeating incorrect pronunciation/accent will only make you better at pronouncing incorrectly. Worse it'll ingrain the incorrect pronunciation into your brain, and you'll have a harder time to unlearn the incorrect pronunciation when you want to learn the correct pronunciation later.
If you want to improve your pronunciation, you need lots of listening and especially active listening, you need to listen to lots of materials that are in your target accent, and you need to listen to yourself speaking; and it's also helps to you have a native speaker to help you, you should tell them to tell you when something you say sounds funny to them.
I practice by playing the sentence again and saying it with the speaker. Sometimes I do this several times until I feel I'm in sync with her. This is helping me get the rhythm and intonation of the phrases, as well as helping me practice the individual words.
As many people have stated, I think actively listening and repeating helps. If you like music, I find singing along to songs to be both helpful and enjoyable as well. I think even a simple google search for "Spanish dialogues" will yield something with audio and text to accompany it to help you out. Here's one I found: http://www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/spanish_podcasts_intermediate
What I've done with Portuguese is listen and try to pronounce words on my own, then only after I've gotten a pretty good base down and am able to form my own sentences in conversations do I start worrying about pronunciation. Once I've reached that point I started looking for conversation partners to talk with via skype. I'm sure there are plenty of native Spanish speakers around for that. I've already found a couple "accidentally" while not even trying to learn Spanish, and they're all pretty helpful. :D Good luck!
I checked out the site above and the Spanish dialogues are very helpful. I'm looking forward to listening and repeating all of these dialogues to increase my comprehension and fluency. I appreciate your sharing this site.