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Bill Ding
Chinese learning American English Accent!

Hi Everyone:

I am studying in the US. And, I really hope that I can have a decent American English Accent (--> A decent American English pronunciation! I changed my statement). 

Anyone would like to help me out?

Have a nice day:_)

Bill

2016年7月10日 01:49
Comments · 9
Hello! I think the best way to improve one's accent or to acquire the American accent is through continuous interaction with Native speakers in the U.S, while simultaneously being mindful of how they pronounce words. Try imitating how native speakers speak, and compare it with how you sound like.
2016年7月10日

There are several different accents in America, which is dependent on the region in which you live. I do not sugguest learning an accent unless your goal is to be able to blend in, instead of being understood. Several American accents are hard for other Americans to understand, so knowing which is which, would be very difficult for someone who doesn't have an ear for accents.

My humble suggestion is that you should focus your efforts on speaking clearly instead of embarking on the difficult journey of trying to "sound like an American".

2016年7月10日

Hi Phil,

Thank you so much!

Hopefully, eventually, I can have a decent General American English accent.


Have a nice Sunday :_)
Bill

2016年7月10日

Bill, I 100% agree with you. Do not let people try to scare you with talk of “different accents” — the variation within North America is minimal, even with 360 million American English speakers. Would these fear mongers just have you give up and speak with inaccurate pronunciation or even a foreign accent? In the English speaking world, the different accents mostly just add a little local color, so native speakers never have trouble communicating, unless you went to some remote mountain village and spoke with its oldest resident. With mass media, you’ll notice that most newscasters, Hollywood actor, and so on use a pronunciation approximating general American, which is truly neutral in that it has the most phonetic features in common with the speech of most Americans (US / Canada). The epicenter of the accent is Iowa (south and central, not north), and many media personalities used to go there to fine tune their pronunciation (nowadays, one can do that without having to travel). Note that this is only considered neutral in American English — obviously, other parts of the world have their own “neutral.” Even so, the difference between General American and British RP is less than that between various accents within the UK, or even within England.

It makes sense to try to speak as much like native speakers as you can, so if you’re coming to the US, you should definitely practice your General American.

2016年7月10日
  • Hi zaeanderson, 


I see your points.

I will consider it seriously!


Have a nice Sunday :_)

Bill

2016年7月10日
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Bill Ding
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Learning Language
English