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How can I get rid of my Indian accent and sound more neutral/native

Your speaking voice is really lovely and not difficult for me to understand. However, I live in a part of the United States where there are a lot of immigrants from India and I've had many Indian co-...
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How can I get rid of my Indian accent and sound more neutral/native

I see a few answers suggesting you speak too quickly. I don't think that's the case at all. You speak very slowly. You rarely even get into the ballpark of four syllables per second (four syllables ...
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Is there a Russian accent in my pronunciation of "lee"?

In my opinion his soft L is what clearly indicates his Russian accent. Considering, L followed by EE always requires L to be soft in Russian language it's an easy indicator of his native language. ...
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Pronunciations of "class" as found in Collins American English Dictionary

You should be aware that Collins is not an entirely reliable authority for American pronunciation.† I can't find any statement on the Collins site detailing their approach to phonetic ...
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How can I get rid of my Indian accent and sound more neutral/native

Loud Mouth First of all, having worked with a fair number of Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis over the last few decades, I can say that you have a very mild accent overall. This leads me to ...
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Does English contain accented letters?

You could count accents on imported words (café, resumé, piñata). Some names also include accents (Zoë, Brontë, Beyoncé). Then there's the rare case of using accents and umlauts over certain vowels (...
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Is there a Russian accent in my pronunciation of "lee"?

I'm not sure I would identify this is as a Russian accent just from the single word, but yes, this pronunciation does not sound like a typical American pronunciation. Some tips that may get you closer ...
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do you release the air from nose when say cotton?

With your nostrils clamped tightly shut with your fingers, it is impossible to sound the second syllable of "cotton" and "written": you will feel the pressure in your ears if you try. So yes, there is ...
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american accent tool or website

Many internet dictionaries provide recorded pronunciations: Oxford, Cambridge, Collins, Macmillan, Merriam-Webster, Wiktionary, and others. On some of these British and US pronunciations appear on ...
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Do Americans pronounce 'are' as 'do' in "What are you waiting for"

I listened to the song to confirm what you were asking. What you are hearing is a slurring of the words. American English gets very lazy in some contexts and informal contractions are made during ...
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How can I get rid of my Indian accent and sound more neutral/native

While this is not a typical question for this site I compliment you on asking it here and especially on including an audio clip. I cannot think of a better combination. I have worked with many people ...
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Which Words Should I Stress?

When the preposition in a phrasal verb has no noun complement afterwards it is usually stressed: Take off the jumper Take the jumper off Take off For this reason all the instances of back in the ...
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Do Americans remove the "t" in "sent"?

The "t" sound in "sent" is not dropped, but it's also not aspirated. In words like "to" or "table", the "t" sound is aspirated. Here's what happens in my mouth when I say "to": My tongue pushes on ...
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Does English contain accented letters?

English traditionally uses very few diacritical marks compared to other European languages. English employs a huge number of loanwords, however, so to provide enough characters to represent all ...
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Stress in the sentence "I'm proud of you, Hannah"

It all depends on the context and exactly what you're trying to communicate: I'm proud of you, Hannah! (others may be proud of you, but I want you to know that I am, too) I'm proud of you, ...
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How do I understand Yvonne Strahovski's accent in an interview with Craig Ferguson?

The host, Craig Ferguson, is Scottish. Now, he has an accent too. I presume it is a Scottish one, but it's very mild/toned down because I find it easy to understand what he is saying. I'm sure it ...
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Can we drop the T sound in word grunting in American English?

There is an /nt/-weakening rule; it's unclear if the /t/ is really "dropped" To me, there doesn't seem to be anything special about "grunting" vs. "internet", "winter", "printer". I think the ...
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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?

There are several points one could make here. Whichever accent you choose you need to make sure you learn the appropriate dialect of English to go with it. It would sound odd if you speak with a ...
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Is there a Russian accent in my pronunciation of "lee"?

/i:/ is not a diphthong. It's a pure vowel. In this case it sounds like a diphthong because the preceding consonant is a velarized l (hard / tvyordyy [ l ]) therefore it sounds like лыи. You must make ...
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Pronunciation of "Syncing"?

It's pronounced the same way as 'sinking'. I'm interested to know how you thought it might be pronounced.
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Stress in the question Do you want some coffee?

Yes, that's correct. You would only stress "some" if it was the most important part of the question - "Do you want some coffee or a lot of coffee? In that case, "coffee" would be unstressed.
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How can I get rid of my Indian accent and sound more neutral/native

I'm British, I've listened to your recording, and I'm going to be honest - I don't think you have an English accent. You have a lovely speaking voice and I understood every single word you said. As ...
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How can I get rid of my Indian accent and sound more neutral/native

There are already lots of answers here, but let me just suggest one thing: Perhaps try to "do a Canadian accent" rather than "not have an Indian accent". Listen to people on TV and imitate them, ...
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how do you pronounce "to" in American Accent in this sentence

As a native American Speaker, hopefully I can clarify a little bit. The first thing you need to understand is American Accents vary a lot, with the biggest factors being location, class and to a ...
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Have you ever said "muna" instead of "gonna"?

I want to stress that Rachel should be careful when she says that Americans use "muna". I think she needs to be clear that not all Americans do this. It probably depends on a variety of factors, like ...
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What's the colloquial way to express those questions?

How long has it been bad? is perfectly fine to ask. A native might say How long has it been that bad? How long has it been this bad? Your other question Since then has it been bad? is ...
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Do I have to pronounce the letter "l" as light or dark when there is a double "l" followed by a vowel in a word?

As James K said, this doesn't have anything to do with the spelling. Different accents of English have different patterns for the use of "dark l" vs. "light l". As you mentioned, some accents are ...
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American pronunciation of (tall, taught, law, bought) vs (father, pasta, drop)

It's actually the same in some parts of the US and different in others. It's a phenomenon known as the cot/caught merger, and it's one of the primary features linguists use to classify American ...
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