Are natives able to understand my accent?

Do I need to just tweak my accent or do I need a major shift?

What can I do to improve my accent?

My goal: I am trying to sound clear enough so that most people can understand me. I am not trying to approach any particular accent i.e British or American.

My recording: https://voca.ro/1oURFEycZybx

The excerpt from which I am reading: https://www.nku.edu/~ocallaghant/LingVariation/AccentParagraph.htm

​Thank you in advance

  • Hello, and welcome to the ELL. If you take a look at the tour of this site, you'll understand which questions are off-topic here. You can ask questions on a particular issue of pronunciation though.
    – fev
    Jun 26, 2021 at 11:08
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    I'm not sure this kind of question is On Topic here (but I'm not sure it's Off Topic either). I personally don't find your vocal pattern very easy to latch on to, but I don't think it's necessarily an "accent" problem. It's that you speak the words too fast (as in my experience do many "Indian English" speakers). You should try to emulate the pattern of native Anglophone speech rhythms more accurately. Jun 26, 2021 at 11:10
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    Changing an accent when adulthood has been reached is incredibly difficult. Perhaps you meant pronunciation? EDIT: agree with Fumblefingers it's not so much the accent but the delivery, it sounds like Indian speech and for Anglophone speakers that takes time to get used to hearing and understanding.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 26, 2021 at 11:11
  • Can you recommend some speaker whose pattern of speech I could follow for better delivery? It would be great if he has produced enough content on th internet.
    – Crux
    Jun 26, 2021 at 11:21
  • Listen to a guy called Babish, he speaks very clearly and (quite) slowly. The story is an American classic children tale called the Velveteen Rabbit. soundcloud.com/bedtimewithbabish/the-velveteen-rabbit Imitate his stress patterns and pronunciation you'll improve. Babish also has a cookery program on YouTube, if you're into cooking you'll probably enjoy it.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 26, 2021 at 11:22


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