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An accent is a distinctive way of pronouncing a language, especially one associated with a particular country, area, or social class.

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Are there more than 44 phonemes in English?

I was using English words to teach Malayalam consonants when I noticed that Malayalam has separate characters for the alveolar and retroflex versions of the same consonant. But I also noticed that ...
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Language used in "Peaky Blinders"

For a schoolproject, we are working on a research question which is about the language used in the BBC drama show Peaky Blinders. We are not born in an English speaking region so it isn't really easy ...
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Can some one help me understand a sentence in this video? [closed]

This wonderful YouTuber has helped me a great deal learning algorithms but the subtitles don't seem to make sense to me, here the subs merged with what I hear: "... I have told you in one video ...
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Can't understand the sentence written in Scottish accent

-- 'Sae, ye dullyeart horse-punckin, ye'd hae it that the Laird's worrrd is kilted in a tippit?' He waved his Bible at the Lord's creation beyond the window, mostly concealed as it was by broken ...
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I did injured from the accident

Consider this sentence: I injured from the accident. For emphasizing that I really injured from the accident, which sentence should I use? 1- I did injure from the accident. 2- I did injured from the ...
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Do I need to change my accent?

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 ...
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What methods should I use to soften or remove my accent? [closed]

https://voca.ro/1jeSBpuxHA4c I've had a weird journey learning English. Having grown up in Canada, I learned English before I learned my own native language. Once I moved back to the country from ...
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Is it 'an hotel' or 'a hotel' [duplicate]

In a book I saw this statement. Before words beginning with h and not accented on the first syllable, an is often used ; as, An historical , an hotel. I want to know whether h in hotel is ...
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Where can I listen to a General American Accent on the Internet so I can learn it? [closed]

Any Youtube Channels, Movies, News, Radio, Audiobooks? Do all of them speak with a General American Accent? How can I be sure It is 100% General American Accent not just 90% of it? I will imitate 100% ...
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Is General American Accent the only choice If I want learn an accent through the Internet that is understood by everyone?

I am learning English. Please stop telling me accent is not important. If I want to understood by everyone I need to learn an accent. I know no matter how hard I try, I will never sound perfect. But ...
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Pronouncing 'OR' with an Indian accent

I am familiar with the British as well as American pronunciation of the word or. British people pronounce the r sound very lightly, whereas Americans tend to roll their tongue. But interacting with ...
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Which British accents feature pronouncing [i] like "eyi"?

Pronouncing [i] like "eyi" has always been in my life, but I don't know who from I heard it so much. I finally found a person who actually speaks like this. It's Matthew Murphy, the vocalist ...
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Why is Christina Perri pronouncing "closer" as "cloSSer"?

In this song at 0:58, Christina Perri pronounced the word "closer" with an S sound: clo[s]er I have always pronounced and heard it with a Z sound. Is the pronunciation of "closer" ...
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"Law" vs "Lawyer" pronunciation, why is the "law" part sometimes pronounced differently?

So I've recently watched "Crazy Ex Girlfriend" (which is set in SoCal), and I've noticed everyone there pronounced "Law" and "Lawyer" differently, which was really ...
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US-American pronunciation of 'e'

Since quite some time I get the impression, that especially in US-American, spoken english the pronunciation of 'e' (as in 'best' — /ɛ/) seems to shift towards 'a' (as in 'flat' — /æ/). Some recent ...
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What does "ima" mean in "ima sue the s*** out of em"?

Is "ima" an informal spelling of "I must"? MegaCharizardZord Replying to @nytimes about COVID-19 vaccine: i just hope when i take it don't die lol. i trust the government in ...
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At which point does mispronunciation become accent?

A while back, when I was talking to one friend of mine (we are both English language learners), he "mispronounced" a word so I pointed it out. He responses with something like "Well, I ...
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Standing in "fries" of me?

In Christina Perri's song A Thousand Years, according to all lyrics websites at 1:46 the lyrics is "standing in front of me". https://youtu.be/rtOvBOTyX00?t=106 But to my ear she clearly ...
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Attitudes and concerns over Indian-English accent

What are common attitudes and concerns over the Indian-English accent (see video) among those who are teaching or learning in ESL? How do these attitudes make the Indian accent compare with others, ...
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Accent Reduction Between Native Speakers

Has the accent between native English speakers decreased in recent decades with the advent of TV and now with the internet?
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How can I get rid of my Indian accent and sound more neutral/native

I have recently moved to Canada and I feel I often end up having to repeat myself because of my typical accent. I am attaching a link to a very short audio and would love to know what can I do to fix ...
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Is this sentence ambiguous? 'Tom left directions for Sam to follow.'

I know that some sentences can have different meanings when speaking them with different intonations. But in this sentence, 'Tom left directions for Sam to follow', could have different meaning? ...
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Where in UK do people speak neutral easy to understand accent? [closed]

E.g. I hardly can understand Scottish accent. Need a region where people speak so that I can understand them.
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Where does "day" sound like "die"?

I've seen that words like "day" sound like "die", "pray" sounds like "pry" and so on. I just googled where does day sound like die but didn't get anything. So, are day and die homephones in some ...
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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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