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    Mastering general American pronunciation step by step

    Hello. I acquired a course on general American pronunciation and I just thought I could put up my voice recordings here for you to judge as I work my way through the course.
    But I don't intend to load you down with my stuff. I'm just going to upload short recordings that you listen to on-line without having to download them and give invaluable feedback on my pronunciation.

    Okay, I've completed two of the course lessons so far and they were about EE's as in seat and AI's as in great vowels. I pronounced them on its own first then as a part of some words.

    Enjoy

    click on this to listen to my AI's

    click on this to listen to my EE's

    Thank you in advance!
    I do not claim that my opinion is absolutely true.
    If you've spotted any mistake in my English, please, correct it. I want to be aware of any mistakes to efficiently eliminate them before they become a habit.

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    I've enjoyed. It was awful.

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    AIs sound like Russian "Эй"s, and in the words Beat, Bean you softened the B-s like in Russian, don't do this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medved View Post
    AIs sound like Russian "Эй"s, and in the words Beat, Bean you softened the B-s like in Russian, don't do this.
    Thanks for the reply but I'm more concerned on the quality of topic vowels than other sounds surrounding them. One thing at a time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medved View Post
    AIs sound like Russian "Эй"s
    Well i think iCake meant "eɪ"/"Ay" and not "Ai" (His examples say so)

    So Igor, i tried to compare your "Ays" with this video's "Ays" [--> American Accent Training - Part 02 | Vowel sound AY | Free English Lesson ( ESL) - YouTube ] and i think you're pronouncing it all good except that (i think) it would be even better if you try to make it a bit softer.
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    I'm more concerned on the quality of topic vowels
    iCake I'm talking about your first recording, about the diphtong you're saying there.
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    That video is weird, they have a guy with a British English accent narrating a video about American English accents?????


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    Quote Originally Posted by MISSFOXYSWEETCHERRY View Post
    Well i think iCake meant "eɪ"/"Ay" and not "Ai" (His examples say so)

    So Igor, i tried to compare your "Ays" with this video's "Ays" [--> American Accent Training - Part 02 | Vowel sound AY | Free English Lesson ( ESL) - YouTube ] and i think you're pronouncing it all good except that (i think) it would be even better if you try to make it a bit softer.

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    I appreciate all the replies, point taken!

    Still it would be nice to hear a native Enlish speaker opinion
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    My American English ears heard your 'A' and 'E' and think they are great. Some of the words with 'E' were hard to understand the first listening.

    Scott





    Quote Originally Posted by iCake View Post
    Hello. I acquired a course on general American pronunciation and I just thought I could put up my voice recordings here for you to judge as I work my way through the course.
    But I don't intend to load you down with my stuff. I'm just going to upload short recordings that you listen to on-line without having to download them and give invaluable feedback on my pronunciation.

    Okay, I've completed two of the course lessons so far and they were about EE's as in seat and AI's as in great vowels. I pronounced them on its own first then as a part of some words.

    Enjoy

    click on this to listen to my AI's

    click on this to listen to my EE's

    Thank you in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fortheether View Post
    That video is weird, they have a guy with a British English accent narrating a video about American English accents?????


    Scott
    Really??? XD i can't stop laughing!!! How's that possible?
    I thought this must be some kind of heavy American accent)))
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    At first I debated whether it was an Australian or British accent, when he pronounced the word 'chapter' that settled it for British accent.

    Quote Originally Posted by MISSFOXYSWEETCHERRY View Post
    Really??? XD i can't stop laughing!!! How's that possible?
    I thought this must be some kind of heavy American accent)))

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    Hello, I've trained two vowels today, which are strong [a:] as in father and strong [o:] as in warm. Please, native American English speakers listen to two recordings below and give me feedback on my pronunciation of these vowels. It's crucial to me, because if there is no feedback I won't know whether I need to move on to another lessons or to work more on the current vowels. As I did with the previous vowels I pronounced these new two vowels on their own first then as a part of some words.

    Listen to my [a:]. You won't need to download anything
    Listen to my [o:]. You won't need to download anything
    I do not claim that my opinion is absolutely true.
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    The vowels themselves are fine. Are you stressing the vowels in the words on purpose? If not, they are too strong.

    Scott


    Quote Originally Posted by iCake View Post
    Hello, I've trained two vowels today, which are strong [a:] as in father and strong [o:] as in warm. Please, native American English speakers listen to two recordings below and give me feedback on my pronunciation of these vowels. It's crucial to me, because if there is no feedback I won't know whether I need to move on to another lessons or to work more on the current vowels. As I did with the previous vowels I pronounced these new two vowels on their own first then as a part of some words.

    Listen to my [a:]. You won't need to download anything
    Listen to my [o:]. You won't need to download anything
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    Quote Originally Posted by fortheether View Post
    The vowels themselves are fine. Are you stressing the vowels in the words on purpose? If not, they are too strong.

    Scott
    Thanks! Yeah, I kind of did that on purporse, because I didn't want to mess the whole thing up By the way is it anywhere near a native like sounding?
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    Icake,
    If there's any words you'd like me to record just type them up.


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    Can you rerecord the words but don't stress the vowels so much?



    Quote Originally Posted by iCake View Post
    Thanks! Yeah, I kind of did that on purporse, because I didn't want to mess the whole thing up By the way is it anywhere near a native like sounding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fortheether View Post
    Can you rerecord the words but don't stress the vowels so much?
    Here you go

    [a:] words, not that stressed

    [o:] words, not that stressed
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    The 'a' sounds are too long. If you want to list the words, I'll record them.


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    iCake to learn the Eh sound look at how they pronounce the "Oh Man" phrase and try to copy it.
    How I Met Your Mother - Hurley says Oh Man! - YouTube
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    Quote Originally Posted by iCake View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by fortheether View Post
    The 'a' sounds are too long. If you want to list the words, I'll record them.


    Scott
    Are car father box.

    Warm form torn bore/boar.

    Am I hearing them right? If those are the words, then you are very very close.

    The pronunciations sound quite good! Some of the r sounds are a little hard, first set.
    There are some artifacts of the recording process that interfere with the sounds. Mic too close?
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