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Are there any standard ways to soften your English accent?
Aug 12, 2016 4:03 AM
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You can record yourself speaking for a short time using e.g. vocaroo.com  You can then paste the link to your recording here.  We can then identify the most important sounds or features of speech for you to work on.
August 12, 2016
Yes, Speaking needs as much practice as grammar does, "the shadow method" is very good and is an exercise to reduce your accent.  You can learn more about it on google or on my video blog . My latest video is entitled "speak like a native"  www.dailymotion.com/englishwithjoseph
August 12, 2016

@joseph   You video is very useful, thank you so much for sharing. :)  At the moment, I'm  shadowing speeches of Stephen fry and Sir Ken Robinson which indeed is helping me more than I thought it would. However  I thought of this idea on my own(using shadowing not just to get hold of speech music but also soften your accent) . So I wanted to know if experts like yours suggest standard ways to soften one's English accent. :)

@Micheal Chambers , Thanks for the attention. I actually do that many a time every week. I test and try different things on my own to see which ones help me better. In fact before trying Sir Ken Robinson and Stephen Fry I had tried Jack Dee, Stuart Lee, Richard Howard, Sir Winston Churchill , her majesty the Queen's speeches, David Camroon, Theresa May, Brain cox  and people like them, but only to find out its Sir Ken Robinson whom I find easy to follow.  So every time I try something new I record my speech and put it here asking for feedback to see if to continue it or not.  Because as a non native speaker to reflect some sort of nativity you are having to start right from how to say hello, thank you and  to a level where you can deliver a speech on a particular topic.   It is very hard to listen to your own voice and decide if that feels good or not. I'm being very thankful to experts like you and @joseph and many others,  who take time to reach out and help English learners like me.  Much appreciated. :)

Now, why short time? Here is my 30 mins of recording I did just this morning.

 http://vocaroo.com/i/s1YkQxAoodb4

Its my pleasure to put this to experts like yourself, Joseph and others on italki. Thank you very much indeed. 

 

August 12, 2016
Kharthik
Language Skills
English, Tamil
Learning Language
English