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Thank you again! I'm going to try to improve that!
Hello all.
I think it's a great opportunity to be able to check pronunciation with native English speakers.
I hope, that I'm understandable but is my accent annoying ? Wouldn't it be tiring during longer sentences ?



I'm very curious of your opinions.
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If it's not tiring for you, it's not tiring for me. I think it is a very pleasant accent. Please keep it.
Please have a listen to mine.



Do you think I have a strong accent?

It sounds sort of weird to me because I used to talk in a more natural way.

A couple classmates and profs said I have a British accent but I know my accent is far from a native British one.

Please also comment on my accent so that I can improve from it. Thanks in advance.
You do sound slightly BrE to these AmE ears, but that's to be expected in Hong Kong, isn't it? If Americans and Aussies, Brits and Singaporeans and Irishmen are not bothered about having accents, why should you be? Your speech is clear and pleasant.
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Thanks! Micawber.

But how do you know I'm from Hong Kong? lol
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Hello, Dima. With the exception of a few sounds, like [th] of 'the' and of 'tool', your pronunciation is clear and your accent is charming.

To be a more natural speaker you need to work more on relative stress and sentence flow. There are two main points you need to remember: (1) we speak in word chunks (noun phrases, prepositional phrases, verb phrases, etc) in which the words are closer together than between the chunks, and (2) English flow is stress-based—we have an internal metronome that attempts to keep a regular timing, approximating metrical feet, between stresses, irrespective of the number of syllables in each stressed unit. These two points result in irregular speed of utterance as a sentence progresses. Below, the stressed syllables are capitalized and the vertical bars separate metrical feet:

ENGlish is a | COMplex | LANguage. It's just a | POPular | TOOL that I can | USE to | HELP others under | STAND me.

For example, the first sentence is divided into 3 feet.
The first foot ( ENG lish is a ) contains 4 syllables, while the 2nd foot ( COM plex ) and 3rd foot ( LAN guage ) contain only 2 syllables each.
This means that the words of the first foot need to be enunciated faster and closer together than those of the other two feet, while the enunciation of each of the 2nd and 3rd is slightly dragged out, so that the 3 feet are uttered at a regular rhythm.
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