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Accent of the speakers in listening section of TOEFL test?

I wonder what is the accent of persons who make the conversations and the lectures in the Listening section of TOEFL test, is it just American or could it be both American and British? In addition, ...
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In American English, can we flap the /d/ in the phrases “Where did”, “Where do”, “Where don't” and “Where does”?

I am 99% sure Americans quite often flap the /d/ sound which comes right after /r/ in the phrases "Where did", "Where do", "Where don't" and "Where does" (I am talking about the initial /d/'s), and I ...
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How to pronounce unaspirated stop sound properly? Such as the /t/ in “ let me”, is it just/lɛ/ /mi/?

I'm not a native speaker, and I feel difficult to pronounce unaspirated stop sound properly, such as the /t/ in "let me". I found some learning materials on internet, but they are not sophisticated ...
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How to pronounce bet, bat, bite and but correctly?

I am a learner from China, and I'm always confused with sounds of /e/, /æ/, /aɪ/ and /ʌ/, no matter when I'm speaking or listening because all of them sound so much alike. I find there are a few ...
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What English is this?

The words "yer", "ter", "ernly", "der" and so on, are they Irish? Also the way the contractions are contracted, "don't" to "don'". Hagrid from Harry Potter speaks like that and actually I'm enjoying ...
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Palm RP and GA pɑːm pɑm pɑlm

I'm confused with the different pronunciations of "calm". I'm using lexical sets to understand the differences between Received Pronunciation and General American. According to Wikipedia, the ...
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Does English language ever use acute accent mark to denote word stress?

I do not mean acutes which denote special letter pronunciation, like in "canapé" or "résumé". I mean solely the acute accent mark which is used to indicate stress, or stressed syllable. For example, ...
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Do “fat” and “that” sound the same in the Cockney Accent?

I have watched a video about the Cockney Accent, and the Cockney Accent, "th" is not pronounced, but it's pronounced "v" or "f". I think that they sound the same. So do "fat" and "that" sound the same ...
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Improve clarity of speech without losing my foreign accent

I believe that as long as a foreign accent is understandable it can even be used as an asset, instead of liability. Problem is, every time I'm being taught to speak more clearly I'm being taught to ...
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How to speak fluent in southern accent? [closed]

I want to speak like George W Bush's accent and like cowboys. Example: Y`all and Howdy? I would die for this accent. I sincerely love this accent over cockney one.
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How can I learn one of the standard English accents? [closed]

A few months ago, I was asked to send a videotape of my self-introduction for a job of a language teacher in China. I was rejected citing the reason that my accent was not satisfactory. I want to ...
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How to learn to understand the Newfoundland accent? [closed]

Recently I watched a video with Newfoundland accent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXLmCJG9USw Apparently it is English :) However my colleagues and I find it literally impossible to understand ...
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Pronouncing The American R

I realize this might be more of an accent question, but trying to master that American R sound, I don't quite know if I'm doing it correctly. That is, I sound very similar to the recordings I hear but ...
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Which region of UK speaks in Posh accent?

I am trying to get admission into a British university. I would like to choose a university in an area where the local people speaks in Posh accent. Which region of UK speaks in Posh accent?
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Accent reduction [closed]

How can I correct my prononcitaion of the words and reduce my accent? I am not able to pronounce the english words properly and therefore runinto people not undersatnding me.
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Does this Japanese accent need subtitles?

In this movie trailer "Paterson", a Japanese actor said "A bus driver in Paterson?" and "This is very poetic" with subtitiles. Is his accent too heavy? What about the accent of a Indian or Pakistan ...
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What this person is saying in “American English” accent?

Video At 1:02: He says Human beings should be ..... from each other. Also a little bit confusion between 0:02 and 0:10. I believe it is: Went through .......
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How can I understand what the speaker is saying in his Aussie accent?

Source The Aussie says, "Now..." at 0:45 in the video. Then again at 1:53, what is he saying? Which movies should do the job for understanding the Aussie accent clearly?
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Improving fluency without being able to talk to other people?

I am looking for tips/tricks to improve English fluency without talking to natives. I do speak English on a daily basis, however I speak English to a lot of other non-native speakers. I am Dutch and ...
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The most important things which show that an speaker is not native [closed]

I know that there are many things which reveal that, for example, I am not a native English speaker. But I'd like to know the signs that native people use to determine if an speaker is not native. ...
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How do I understand Yvonne Strahovski's accent in an interview with Craig Ferguson?

Source At 3:45, I really found it very difficult to understand her accent. The youtube transcript shows the very out-of-world things. Should I practice with BBC documentaries for both Aussie and ...
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How do I understand the Aussie English accent?

Source I am unable to understand commentary at 2:00 by an Australian and also at 1:54.What does he say? Which method should I adopt to learn English effectively if I don't have native speakers to ...
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Can you explain these phrases of British accent?

Source:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH2UnMxR3IM I am unable to understand English commentary in the video between 0:19 and 0:45. I understood,'Andrew Flintoff ..... 3 wickets in 4 balls ......'. ...
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How to improve my British accent, in particular intonation [closed]

I have been studying English for many years, focusing on British accent. Apart from my books with DVDs in British, I listen to different podcasts of BBC learning English. Sometimes, I shadow the ...
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Pronunciation practice(making 'also' 'all' sound correct)

I'm having a hard time to make 'also' and 'all' sound correct. My native American tutor told me my 'also' sounds like 'arso' and 'all' sounds like "or". He says I have no trouble with making "L" ...
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Does Jessica Lange's character in “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” accurately portray a Southern US accent?

Jessica Lange was born and brought up in Minnesota. It seems to me that her southern accent in the movie is a bit too exaggerated (read overacted) compared to that of Tommy Lee Jones. Am I mistaken? ...
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How Adele sings “There's a fire” in the song “Rolling In The Deep”

I like Adele and her song "Rolling In The Deep". She sings the first phrase "There's a fire". And I can't hear it but "They they fire". It's different from how a cover singer sings "There's a fire" ...
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Rihanna's accent in the song of “Diamonds”

I like Rihanna and her song "Diamonds". She sings the phrase "At first sight I left the energy of sun rays" at 01:25. And I can't hear this "rays" but "ray-hey" or "ra-hey". Is this her original ...
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Is this Liverpool accent? “I wanna hold your hand”

I like this song "I wanna hold your hand" by The Beatles. Paul and John sing the phrase "I wanna hold your hand" as "I wanna hol'-your hand". Other cover singers sing it as "I wanna hol d-your hand" ...
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Pronunciation of Either

I notices that some people will pronounce the word, "either" in one of two ways. The first one is accentuiating e and pronouncing the e like one would were they saying the word, "each". The other is ...
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In a TV Series, I heard an actor say 'Love' as in British |o| Job and not Love as in |la|, is it a British Dialect or something?

Yet, when I looked it up in the dictionary, the word 'love' is pronounced the same either in British or American Accent. Thank you & Have a lovely day!
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Do Americans pronounce 'are' as 'do' in “What are you waiting for”

It seems a stupid question, but I already hear American on TV or movies or even songs, say Are like Do in this context What are you waiting for I just listened to it again in this song https://...
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American English Phonetics. Silent H in What's his name?

Is the letter 'h' silent when Americans pronounce the question 'What's his name?' in casual speech? The question 'What's his name?' phonetically looks like: [wʌts_ɪz neɪm]. I think the words "WHAT'S"...
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am i pronouncing the “r” in earlier correctly

I am trying to learn American accent. I have a problem with the "R" sound. Could you please listen to this sample I have recorded. http://www.filedropper.com/untitled_20 Also, could you please ...
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Which mouth form is the close one to pronounce the R

I am trying to learn American R, I have a problem, which is the R becomes like "O" in the begging of the word like Reall-> I say: "Oreally" with a very very very small "O". So I tried to change my ...
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Understanding English (Listening skills)

I've been trying to improve my listening skills for about 9 months. I realized that I can understand "BBC Radio 4 extra" very well (especially the drama), but I find it's hard to understand "CNN" and ...
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Is the midwest accent the standard accent in TOEFL and CNN?

Of late I had somebody told me that midwest accent is the standard accent in TOEFL and CNN. If this is the case, then how to get used to this accent? CNN is a bit too fast for me now, so I want to ...
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english speech courses? [closed]

is there an accent building course at all? like i want to improve my pronunciation, speech, are there courses that do that? i have good grammar, but i just want to improve the speech.
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Does English contain accented letters?

Does English contain accented letters? Is there a standard list of accented letters that are used in the English language? In my application I'm currently allowing the characters a-z and áéóúíý ...
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american accent tool or website

I am a non native speaker. I have never talked English with anyone before. so all my accent depends only on how I see the word or if I heard it from a movie. Is there any website or tool FREE that I ...
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How to improve or get rid of an Indian English Accent?

As you might suspect, that the only person who can ask this kind of question must be an Indian. What's wrong with an Indian accent, that makes it difficult for other people to understand. I have ...