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Being a native speaker of US English, I would recommend either a New York City or Philadelphia accent as having more-than-average phonological diversity. New York City and Philadelphia accents typically distinguish: Mary/marry/merry (merged nearly everywhere outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, New Orleans, and Boston) pin/pen (merged in most of ...


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There are differences in accent between age groups, but these are not as great as the differences between individuals of the same age. And "General American" is a spectrum of accents from a wide area of America (from the West, Northern Mid-west, and parts of New England). It is not truly a single accent. Moreover, most people will be able to "...


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I can hear the Britishness in your accent (as a British English speaker myself). I'll tell you what sounds different to a General American/Vancouver Canadian accent: Your uː's, as in "to" and "zoo", are quite high (the mouth and tongue are more closed), as in British. Try loosening them to get the more rounded American "oo". You occasionally don't pronounce ...


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Your pronunciation is really good and you sound near-native so firstly you shouldn't worry! In saying that I do understand the desire to perfect your pronunciation and get a native sounding accent. What I suggest you do is get a native speaker (who has the accent you want) to read the passage - ideally line by line or sentence by sentence. You listen to ...


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