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QW 082212 “Let’s get accented”

In the previous QW piece, I wrote that my new orientation is on intonation, rhythm, melody, and the overall vibe to make me sound more natural and spontaneous while speaking English. Now I’m trying to obtain more natural rhythm and tempo in my speech by being exposed to English with accents. As an English learner who could choose to be neutral from any accents that most of the native speakers wouldn’t avoid having, I’ve long thought being able to speak English with no particular accents can be one of the ideal form of English proficiencies. I wouldn’t say I was wrong, but it seems that I could try something I’ve never tried to further improve my speaking.

Now I’d really like to get rid of my Japanese accents and mid-sentence rising intonations that could be attributed to my first language. Every time I play back the recordings with online English tutors, I cannot help noticing those intonations of mine here and there. Which I really hate. There has been some noticeable improvement on my vowel production since the beginning of May. It’s time to focus on broader aspects; rhythm and intonation.

For the past few days, I listened to English with the Brooklyn accent. Did you know that there are lots of English speakers who’d think English with the Brooklyn accent very cool? I read comments submitted by the viewers of several Youtube videos about the Brooklyn accent, and knew there are such people. The Brooklyn accent that I’ve so far heard on in movies and videos sounds charming and far from being pretentious. It’s kind of distinctive, so I guess English learners will identify its features a bit more easily than other accents to get the vibe of the language. I won’t be able to copy or mimic the accent very well, but can get the vibe and flavor of its tempo, rhythm, and intonation.

(30 minutes / 316 words)

"Goodfellas"(1990): Simply great movie in which you can enjoy listening to the brooklyn accent
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