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American accent

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Hi everyone, I have a question for you, well, I'm a non-native English speaker and there is something that I'd like to accomplish which is to have an American accent when I speak English, so how can I have that accent? Thanks!!

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2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jukka_S.

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I dare you to check out her channel. You will learn everything.

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Reply22 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jukka_S.

+her website rachelsenglish.com

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Reply12 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/greg.mort
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Thanks!

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/htimsmr

I would imagine that one of the better ways to develop any accent is to watch movies made in that accent with actors who actually have that accent, and try to imitate how they speak. If you're someone who is good at applying theory, you also might benefit from studying a bit of phonology.

I'm assuming you're going for General American, which should be pretty easy to find examples of in movies and such.

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Reply12 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeGzp
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Thanks for the help buddy!!

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

Do you have a particular location that you're going to be living in? There's lots of different accents in America!

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeGzp
MikeGzp
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Like in Virginia

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

That's a pretty neutral one, good luck with it. Don't feel too bad about not getting it right either. I and many other people happen to think foreign accents are pretty neat. =)

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby
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Just out of curiosity, but you live in Canada, so why do you want to sound more American rather than Canadian? The US/CAN accents are not so very different, after all.

The actors Jim Carey, Michael J Fox, John Candy, William Shatner, Christopher Plummer and the TV anchor Peter Jennings were all Canadian and not many people noticed, even though they spent most of their careers' working in the US. I'm sure I could come up with a dozen more examples if you wanted.

Many Americans have told me they've pretended to be Canadians at times (when expedient), while traveling around the world. They figured no one would detect the difference! Some Americans did this to get out of Iran in '79.

So, it seems you might be wasting your time, as it would be easier to just copy your peers in Toronto. Even if you were planning to live/work in the the US in the future, sounding Canadian would not be a handicap.

Anyway, whatever you decide, best of luck. (BTW I'm not Canadian!)

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XYZ1992

practice

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Reply12 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeGzp
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Thanks dudes!!!!

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chalkbrd
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Here are a few readings done with an American accent (from the central part of the US): http://apps.chalkbrd.com/Blog/ The readings are done both in a slow speed and a normal speed. The more you hear an American accent, the easier it will be to reproduce.

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