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Again, thank you for the compliments on my voice.

Kooyeen, you did hear correctly, there are some certain features in my accent which may make me sound a little Southern.
You are also right on me not being a native speaker. If I may ask, how did you find out?
Indeed, I have been spending a lot of my energy working on my English skills and on my accent in particular. I have been studying English since I was about 6 years old, which was 20 years ago.
RaymonddYou are also right on me not being a native speaker. If I may ask, how did you find out?
I cheated. Emotion: stick out tongue I didn't hear it, I read it. Anyway, as I said, if I hadn't known that, I would not have thought you were a non-native speaker of English, even though every time someone posts a clip and says something like "Criticism is welcome", as you said, people get biased and suspicious, and often over-analyze everything thinking there must be something peculiar. I don't know what that's called... observer bias? If you re-posted it along with some other clips of native speakers reading a random text, and then asked, like "What do you think of these accents and voices?", I guess most listeners would pay much less attention to any syllable you might say, and wouldn't try to convince themselves you are not a native speaker before they play your clip.
RaymonddIndeed, I have been spending a lot of my energy working on my English skills and on my accent in particular. I have been studying English since I was about 6 years old, which was 20 years ago.
Well, no wonder you can speak that way then! I also like to learn about pronunciation, but I stopped obsessing about it when I realize there are so many way of speaking that it would make no sense to say "this must be pronounced this way and not that way". Also, I wouldn't know what to focus on in particular, since I don't live in an English speaking country. I might never move, but if I do, will I end up in Texas, in California, in London, or in Glasgow? That's why I realized getting too obsessed over a particular accent is useless for most people. I am still obsessing over pronunciation, but much less than I used to. Emotion: big smile I have been focusing on American English, but I have recently discovered that British accents are good too, and I think I would love to be able to use two kinds of accents, an American one and a British one. Too difficult for me, LOL, I will see. Emotion: smile
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I must second that. It would be amazing to being able to switch between AE and BrE, but I end up over-doing the one I'm not so familiar with. Then again, not even all native speakers are able to do this, so I'm not going be stressed out because of thisEmotion: smile
That's actually what I've been doing for quite some time. Trying to master both an American accent and a British one. Emotion: wink
I'm American from California and I think you south like you're from Texas or somewhere in the south.
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