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Hi...am used to speaking with a British accent(RP).Now I have to speak with an American accent as I interact with people from US more frequently.I am able to pick up a few nuances of Am Accent......but not able to completely perfect it......Any tips....thanks! Emotion: smile
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I don't see any reason why you have to speak with an American accent to interact with Americans - you just have to be able to understand it! Generally Americans are charmed by British accents.
1. Be sure to pronounce your "r"s. All of them! ("pear" is like "peh-R", not "pay-uh")

2. Be sure to pronounce intervocalic "t"s as "d"s, unless the "t" begins a stressed syllable. ("Adam" = "atom", "latter" = "ladder", etc. in AmE. -- but "attend" has a strong aspirated "t")

3. Be sure to pronounce all your lax "a"'s the same as in "sack". British "glass" and "dance", etc., have a different 'a' sound. Americans have the same 'a' in both "sack" and "dance". Note that when the British say the word "faster", it sounds to an American like "fosta".

4. Be sure to use the sound in BrE "glass" to say the AmE word "gloss", and similarly throughout. Drop the British "o" in "hot", "not", "got", etc., completely. American don't (can't?) say that sound.

5. You can get by in AmE without using the "au" sound as in "author". Use that same BrE vowel in "glass" again for these "au"s.

6. Drop the 'y' glide in initial "tu" and "du" and "nu" and equivalent combinations. (Am "nooz" for Br "news", Am "toon" for Br "tune"/"tyoon"/"choon", Am "doon" for Br"dune"/'dyoon"/"joon")

7. Depending how posh your British is, I suppose, you may have to change your "long O" sound more or less. In some British accents when an an American hears Br "I know", it can sound fairly close to Am "I now".

If I think of otheRs, I'll let you knOw! Emotion: geeked

CJ
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Thanks a ton CJ!! Emotion: big smile
Hi,

Couple of things that you could keep in mind
*In case a word has the letter t and n close to each other..the "t" disappears.
for e.g.interesting=inneresting(AmE)
*also words like better in BrE=bedder in AmE..
*Roll your "r"s in all words.
*Also use more liasons like....want to=wanna in AmE
let me=lemme in AmE

Hope this helps...Emotion: smile

>De
Actually, an unobtrusive, unaspirated "t" in "winter", "county", and the like still qualifies as American English. Yet it's true that some people do drop those "t"s completely. Personally, I can't get myself to say a "t" after the "n"s in "twenty" or "plenty".

How many dollars do you think you'll need, Jim?
I think twenny is plenny.

The phenomenon described by the technical term "rolled R", if that's what you're using, would not apply to American English at all.

CJ
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I think the "t" business is subject to individual variation - personally, I don't think I could get myself to drop the t's (in "twenty" and "plenty," for instance) if you paid me! (Unless I was half-asleep or half-drunk)

And thanks, Jim, for confirming my feeling that we don't actually roll our R's - we just pronounce them, rather than dropping them all over the place.
khoff,

Carry a recorder around with you for a few weeks. Listen to yourself after a week's rest from it. You'll be surprised to hear yourself saying all sorts of things that you would have earlier denied to the death that you ever say! Our opinions of ourselves are not always based on the objective truth - because self-observation is so difficult! And our pronunciations are not always as clear and proper as we believe.

I have a friend who will say - with not the slightest indication that it's a joke - things like, "The subjunctive in English is dead. I never use it myself. And if I were you, Jim, I'd just stop thinking about it."

(I'm not saying you don't say the 't's in "twenty" and "plenty" by mentioning this, by the way! Your remarks just triggered some general ideas I've had in mind for some time.)

CJ
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