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Old 11-10-2007, 09:10 AM
 
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HI, all

I am a newbie here, and from China, I learn a lot of wrong pronouciation of English speaking. I spent a lot of time to try to correct it but I failed.
I truely admire the very naturally english-speaking.
where could I go what's the direction should I take?
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:40 AM
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HI, all

I am a newbie here, and from China, I learn a lot of wrong pronouciation of English speaking. I spent a lot of time to try to correct it but I failed.
I truely admire the very naturally english-speaking.
where could I go what's the direction should I take?
I worked on my Spanish by watching some Spanish-speaking soap operas. I chose that type of program because in soap operas, people tend to speak more clearly and more slowly (unless they are angry :-) ).

I would listen to someone speak and then try to repeat it. Another useful way to practice is by using cassette tapes.

Do you live in China, the U.S. or another country? If you're living in the U.S. right now, you might be able to find a helpful English as a Second Language (ESL) course that would help you practice.
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:52 PM
 
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Two words: more practice.

Especially with natives.
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Old 11-10-2007, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Colorado, Denver Metro Area
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as SmerkyGrl said, it is practice. Listen to others and pracice it. Listening to news is the best as they speak clear and correctly.
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Old 11-11-2007, 03:07 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles Area
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You know, I've known some people that have come to the USA and speak like natives after a while and then I've known people that have been here for 25 years and still do not speak like natives.

Personally all the Chinese people I know that have come here as adults do not speak like natives. I don't know if its particularly hard for native Chinese speakers to learn English or if I just know people that are bad at English.

I don't think I would ever speak Chinese as a native, the tones kill me!
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Old 11-11-2007, 03:57 AM
 
Location: PA
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If you are here in the United States, you need to find a Speech Therapist who specializes in accent reduction. If you are near a college campus that offers a degree in speech pathology, you can get therapy at a reduced cost at their campus training clinic.
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Personally all the Chinese people I know that have come here as adults do not speak like natives. I don't know if its particularly hard for native Chinese speakers to learn English or if I just know people that are bad at English.

I don't think I would ever speak Chinese as a native, the tones kill me!
In all honesty, I think you happen to know people that speak English poorly. I know people from China and Taiwan that have proper pronunciation and enunciation. I also know many Americans that have atrocious pronunciation (especially some that I have met here in the South).

You can probably learn to speak Chinese as a native if you continue to watch Chinese soap operas, Humanoid.
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Old 11-12-2007, 09:12 AM
 
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Hey, rent "Friends" DVDs....
I learnt my english by watching sitcoms
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:06 PM
 
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As far as I know, there are two kinds of English -- Britain English and American English. I like American Accent because of its soft , beauty.

Does American care of the English accent?
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:38 PM
 
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I speak with an American accent but I think a British accent is very attractive. Though personally, if I could choose with a blank slate, I'd still go with American.
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