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Spanish Accent Help (Asking Not Giving)

I have read that if you can manage the Duolingo accent you will be in good shape but I just have trouble with some of the sounds. As in...all the sounds. I can do it casually like I did before I started learning Spanish but doing it accurately and intentionally is a different story. I just don't feel like my Spanish accent has the depth and confidence that it should, if that makes any sense.
1. Have any of you started with a terrible accent and managed to get it up to....good, or at least acceptable? Was it just a matter of seriously working at it? 2. Can you give me any tips or advice or resources? I don't know if it's just because I have a standard American accent that makes it hard, or am I just approaching it the wrong way? (Though, I can do a British accent decently and several different accents, southern, New York, Indian, (all stereotypes, of course) etc.) 3. Am I just trying too hard? Is it something that just happens when you relax? 4. The r's. I haven't been able to get the trilled or the rolled. All the questions above apply here too. I got the D sounding R down pat, but that's about it.

Gracias for any help you can give.

P.S. Sorry if I didn't organize that well. I'm just trying to make my thoughts look like they have some order.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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English has stress rhythm and Spanish has syllabic rhythm. - Spanish syllables have the same length, regardless their stress: "GRA-cias-por-TO-do-a-MI-gos", not "GRA-ciaspor-TO-doa-MI-gos". (capital letters mean stress, - means same time).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/riavee2

Good comment

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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In Spanish, the vowels are key. Each vowel has one sound. Practice those until you are perfect at them.

Spanish "a" sounds like the o in "often" or the first o in "opportunity". The a in "chica" should be just as open as the a in "ambos". Don't slide into a schwa at the end of words.

Remember that "i" is always a long "e" sound. Don't get lazy on Spanish words that are similar to English words. "Distinto" es dee-STEEN-toh. Pay attention to that first syllable.

The Spanish "o" is open, but not drawn out. It does not sound like the o sound in toe. It is more like the o sound in more or horn.

Words that have "e" in them never sound like "ay". Chile is CHEE-leh, never CHEE-lay.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/riavee2

Great advice

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabzerbinatoEng
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Looking at my way until here, I can say that my Swedish accent six months ago (when I started to learn it) was a lot worse than now. Not that I have a perfect one, but for what people tell me, an understandable and decent one, and that's how far I feel I really need to go.

I think my evolution could be mostly put down to the fact that I studied how the phonetics of the language works. Reading IPA, watching videos and practicing quite a far amount of time on each sound and vowel. Also, reading out loud every single phrase that shows up on the Duo screen helped me as well.

That helped me because it made me realize all the sounds from my native language, and from English, that I was using instead of the actual phonemes. I believe it gets harder when I'm nervous, though :/ But maybe this works out for you too, improving your accent through your pronunciation, as those two are closely tied I'd say. I hope it helped :)

2 years ago