Study Tip – How to Improve Your English Pronunciation

by Melanie on July 12, 2012

 

(Photo by Leo Reynolds)

One of the most common questions I am asked is, “How can I improve my pronunciation?” I wrote this post to answer that question, and hopefully help you improve your English pronunciation! I believe that good pronunciation is essential for speaking AND understanding spoken English well. Below is a list of my best tips for improving your English pronunciation.

 

 

1) Decide what kind of accent you would like to speak with

There are many different kinds of English accents. The two most common are British and American. There are many different accents even within British or American pronunciation, but most learning materials will help you learn either a standard British accent or a standard American accent.

American pronunciation and British pronunciation are completely different. The consonant sounds are the same (except for the letter ‘t’ and an ‘r’ after a vowel), but the vowel sounds are very different. The British accent has more vowel sounds, and some vowel letters are pronounced differently.

 

2) Learn the IPA and the individual sounds of English

The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is a collection of symbols that represent the different sounds of a language. When you know all the sounds of English and the symbols that represent those sounds, you will be able to pronounce any word in English. [Click to tweet this!]

American Pronunciation:
The Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary Pronunciation Guide
Antimoon IPA chart
Rachel’s English

British Pronunciation:
BBC Learning English
Interactive IPA Chart

 

3) When you learn a new word, learn how to pronounce it correctly

The longer you say a word incorrectly, the harder it becomes to learn to say it correctly. You’ve developed a bad habit, and it takes a long time to break a bad habit! This is why it is so important to learn the IPA and use dictionaries specifically for English learners. [Click to tweet this!]

For example, let’s say you see a new word when you’re reading a book: outrageous. How do you pronounce this word? Let’s check two of the online dictionaries specifically for English learners:
MW Learner’s Dictionary
MacMillan Online Dictionary

Both of these dictionaries show you the IPA/phonetic transcription of the word (including which syllable you must stress): /aʊtˈreɪʤəs/

You can also click on the red speaker icon to hear someone say the word.

 

4) Watch YouTube pronunciation videos

American accent:
Teacher Melanie (me!)
JenniferESL
Lisa Mojsin @ Accurage English
Rachel’s English
Pronuncian/Seattle Learning Academy
Eva Easton

British accent:
The Phone Voice
VirtuAule

 

5) Try to imitate spoken English

To ‘imitate’ means to copy someone/something, to do something the same way, or to do the same things as someone else. Do you really like the way someone speaks English? Try to copy the way they speak.

Do you ever try to make fun of someone from another part of your country by imitating his accent? That’s what you need to do in English!

This is a great activity to try: Close your eyes while you’re listening to something in English (podcasts, songs, TV shows, movies, etc.). Listen carefully to what the speaker is saying and try to make the same sounds. Hear the sounds, don’t try to see the words. Choose a word or sentence, and listen to it many times.

Here are some resources that are useful for this:
English Teacher Melanie podcast (me!)
ESLPod podcast
Coach Shane’s Daily Dictation

Try to imitate the sounds that native speakers make.

 

6) Practice HEARING the sounds of English

Before you listen to an English podcast, song, etc. read the words first. Highlight, circle, or underline the sound you want to work on. For example, if you have trouble with the /I/ sound, highlight all the words that you think have the /I/ sound. Read the passage out loud to yourself, focusing on the words with /I/. Listen to the podcast (or song, etc.). Can you hear the /I/ sound? Practice the sound by trying to imitate what the speaker is saying.

 

7) Record yourself

It’s important to hear what you sound like speaking English so you know what you need to improve! You can compare what you sound like to what you want to sound like. For example, you record yourself reading a sentence from one of my podcasts. Then, listen to me say the same sentence and compare your pronunciation.

If you don’t have any recording software on your computer (like Windows Sound Recorder or GarageBand on Macs), you can use a web-based audio recorder:
audioboo
Vocaroo
SoundCloud

You may also be able to find a cheap digital voice recorder at your local electronics store.

 

8) Practice for at least 30 minutes every day

There is no way around it: the only way your pronunciation will improve is if you practice, practice, practice! Your pronunciation will not magically improve just because you’re speaking English. The sounds of English may be very different from the sounds in your language. It may be difficult and even uncomfortable for your mouth to make some of the sounds in English.

You need to practice with a purpose. [Click to tweet this!] Practice the sounds of English until they feel as natural and comfortable as the sounds of your language. It won’t happen overnight, but gradually your pronunciation will improve.

 

9) Pronunciation Books

Here are the two books that I use to understand and teach American pronunciation. Check your local library for these books. If you attend a private language school, ask if it has these books. If you live in a large city, look for these books at an English bookstore. Buy these books online.

Mastering the American Accent – Lisa Mojsin

This is quite possibly the greatest book on American pronunciation for both teachers and advanced learners! It does not go through each and every sound (like the book below does). It focuses on the things that will help a non-native speaker speak with a standard American accent (like the kind you hear on CNN!): difficult consonant sounds, linking, syllable and word stress, intonation, and the difference between casual and formal speech. At the back of the book there is a ‘native language guide’ that explains what different nationalities (Chinese, Spanish, Russian, etc.) need to focus on. The book also includes 4 CDs so that the learner can listen to someone speaking almost every exercise.

 

English Pronunciation Made Simple – Paulette Dale and Lillian Poms

This book explains each individual sound in standard American English, as well as all the other elements of spoken English: rhythm, stress, intonation, consonant clusters, plurals, contractions, past tense verbs, etc. This is a great book for teachers to use as a classroom textbook as there are a lot of exercises teachers will find useful in the classroom. It is better for teachers than for students, as the 2 included CDs don’t say all the words and exercises. This book also helps to learn the IPA as it uses the IPA symbols to help explain American English pronunciation.

10) Have your pronunciation professionally evaluated

When your pronunciation is evaluated by a teacher, he/she can tell you exactly what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong. He/She can tell you exactly what sounds you need to work on to sound more like a native speaker.

Use the search terms “English pronunciation assessment” or “English pronunciation evaluation” to find teachers online.

 

Those are my suggestions! What techniques, methods, activities or resources have you used to improve your pronunciation? Let me know in the comments below!

 


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1 john Medina October 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Hello miss Melanie,
I just have join in your page and I found it very interesting, I will do my best to understand how it really work so I will be able to take the best advantage of your teachings. Thanks for the tips about other sites we can use as well

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2 Hoa My November 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Hi Ms. Melanie, I really love your youtube channel as well as this website. I've been in U.S for almost 3 years and I've been working so hard on my pronunciation. A teacher in my school told me that my speaking is really good now. I really don't know if she just tried to be nice or that was the truth. I honestly feel a little bit improvement with my speaking but what I really want to do is speaking like a native speaker. I know it might sound silly but I really wanna do that. I watch American TV like at least 30 mins everyday, I make friends with lots of Americans so I can practice. If I can't say a word, I practice it till I can say it completely right. What else can I do to be better (: Thanks

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3 Melanie November 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Hi, Hoa My!

Wow! You sound like a very dedicated, hard-working English learner! Keep up the great work!

You didn't mention if you had ever heard yourself speaking English. Have you tried to record yourself speaking English? This is the only way for you to know for sure if you sound like a native speaker or not! Then you will know what you are doing well and what you need to work on.

I hope that helps,
Melanie
= )

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4 Zubair March 20, 2013 at 7:12 am

Hi Teacher
I wanna to improve my English pronunciation, but if you help me. If you can plz gave me the american student skype to practice whit them and make my pronunciation.

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5 Danilo November 26, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Way to go! I found this post really useful to everyone who wants to improve their pronunciation. Keep up the great work!

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6 Melanie November 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Thanks so much Danilo! I know how frustrating it is learning another language, and I know how frustrating English pronunciation is. I hope I can make it a little bit easier for English learners!

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7 Sridhar Chandrasekaran November 29, 2011 at 12:39 am

You have an interesting blog. we both share common interest. Passion towards learning. My blog gives English language tips using simple acronyms. I am sure it will help you too. Recently I coined S MA CAPS (Pronounced See My Caps), an acronym/a Mnemonic to recall types of count nouns. It stands for Society, Measurement, Animals, Containers, Abstract, Person, Shape.

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8 Fr,simin nazareth May 13, 2012 at 4:09 am

thanks for ur article and advice i will help many others through you,… great.

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Melanie 9 Melanie May 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

That’s great to hear! I hope this posts helps as many people as possible improve their English pronunciation. = )

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10 Helen July 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Hi Melanie,

May I ask a question? Should we use “break a bad habit” instead of “change” or “correct” or “rectify”?

Thank you.
Helen =)

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Melanie 11 Melanie July 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Hi, Helen,

Good question!

The collocations are ‘break a (bad) habit’ or ‘kick a (bad) habit.’

‘Change,’ ‘correct,’ or ‘rectify’ a (bad) habit all sound very formal and unnatural.

= )

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12 glory am grajalez July 19, 2012 at 7:53 pm

HELLO I AM SENT ME FOR GLORY AM VIDEOS TO IMPROVE IN BRITISH FORCADOS PRONUNCIACITION IN THANKS

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13 houda July 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Thank you so much for all this; I can’t describe you how it’s helpfull for me
especially that i don’t consider myself having a lot of trouble in english
writing but my prounonciation is really awfull. You’re such a good teacher your lessons and tips are helping me a lot through this.

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14 Karol July 29, 2012 at 4:53 am

American Accent Training is also a good book. I learned first from this book and then I got the Mastering American Accent. I like more the first book cuz there are lots of information on American intonation, linking words together and reduced words of English words. :D

When it comes to a video course, I like Master Spoken English.

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Melanie 15 Melanie July 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Thank you for your suggestions, Karol! I’ve never heard of that book or course, but I’ll take a look at them.

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16 Vahid August 14, 2012 at 3:53 am

Hello Miss. Melanie,
I’m going to teach some people to prepare for IELTS. Do I HAVE TO choose British books like True to life, Face2face,… or it doesn’t make any difference? If it does, which book do you recommend? Thank you so much in advance.

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Melanie 17 Melanie August 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Hi, Vahid!

I’m very sorry but I don’t know much about the IELTS.

What English are you teaching your students? Are they hoping to immigrate to England or America? Where do they want to study? Choose the book that is best for your students. If the majority of your students want to go to England, use British books.

This person may be able to help you:
http://www.youtube.com/EnglishRyan

Good luck to you!
= )

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18 Javier Villatoro August 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Hello, Miss Melanie!, Warm regards from Guatemala!, I found this blog really helpful and definitely I’m looking forward to get those books you recommend us, all I can say is: thank you! for helping me to improve my knowledge!.

Best. J.

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19 Agha August 25, 2012 at 4:44 am

Hi Ms Melanie Hw r U? please give me some tips how to improve my English language and my confidense???

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20 Maria August 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

hello melanie , I had learned english at school in the united states but i moved and now i have four years of speaking spanish. since i left, I have been worried about forgeting english but i found your page and i really liked it, ill try to visit your page more often . Im very glad i found it.

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21 ling September 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Hi Medina,

I think I have very terrible issue with both writing and speak in English. I found that my English level is not very stable, sometimes it was better, sometimes it was just very poor….I am very headache with this issue.

Therefore I went online to search some resource for self-study, and I saw your blog. It is interesting and easy understand, I will keep following up your blog.

If you don’t mind, can you please give some suggestion about learning English?
Thank you for reading all this, hope to hear something from you.

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Melanie 22 Melanie September 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Hi, Ling!

I have a section on my website with some study tips, like how to make English a part of your life & how to practice listening:
http://www.englishteachermelanie.com/study-tips/

= )

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23 Harry September 24, 2012 at 2:31 am

Thanks miss Melanie,
Could YOU learn us more as we are not familiar with english?..

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Melanie 24 Melanie September 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Hi, Harry! I think you meant to use ‘teach’ instead of ‘learn.’

A teacher teaches, a student learns!

Would you like to learn more about pronunciation? Check out all my pronunciation videos here:
http://www.englishteachermelanie.com/pronunciation/

= )

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25 nemunehclass October 6, 2012 at 6:39 am

hello , I want to know about the ways of teaching English to kids.

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26 Deepak Dudhane October 15, 2012 at 12:24 am

Hi.
I found your suggestions very useful.
I’m teaching English as a volunteer in a small school in the slums of Dharavi in Mumbai.

As we teach using print media, and use “Indian English”, where our pronunciation is closer to Queen’s English, rather than American, could you suggest some books which are based on British pronunciation.

Thanks and best wishes,
Deepak

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Melanie 27 Melanie October 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Hi, Deepak!

Unfortunately I don’t know any books about British pronunciation. I focus on American pronunciation & I mainly use online resources, so I don’t know any British books. I’m sorry!

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28 shiya October 16, 2012 at 1:03 am

Hai Melanie,
After practising all tips which given its really working. I can practise very easily without any difficulty.Today I have my final round interview hopefully i will clear it.

Thankyou.

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29 Mr.G October 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Hello M,s
am really interested in you website and now I’m improving my pronunciation in engish. Thank you so much for your tips and I really appreciate it.

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30 rashid January 25, 2013 at 2:49 am

Hy friend, rashid here,,, need a friend for practice English pronunciation and language as well

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31 Juan Diego C November 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Hi, Melanie,
I’m from Costa Rica, and I tray to speaker english and tray to learneing english every day, so I found your suggestions very well.

I don’t knok how to tanks you.

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32 Julia November 16, 2012 at 8:18 am

i like it

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33 rahim November 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

hello ms
I really need your help
I have been studying English forfive years but my pronounciation and accent is weak indeed
It is for a year that I no longer go to Englishclass beacause I finished the courses and now I feel that my English is going downhill
what should I do?

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34 Peter Tao November 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Hi, Melanie,
I WANT TO LEARN AMERICAN ENGLISH FROM YOU.
MY PRONUNCIATION IS NOT GOOD.
WHAT CLASS DO YOU HAVE?

THANK YOU,
TAO

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35 nur affandi December 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

bravo,thanks,my English is better now,succes always with you.

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36 ashiklal December 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

Hi melanie

By the way how can we know the present level of our accent and what is the real difference between British and American accents :)

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37 Luis Dos Anjos Soares December 19, 2012 at 12:57 am

Hi Melanie

I am an englesh trainer at National Traning Center, normally I teach english that focus for public officer.
I need your help,,,,could you tell me what kind of english book that can be used by me for teaching public officer.
I would be pleased to have replay at your most convinient time.

Your sincerely

Luis D A Soares

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38 Hi Melanie January 8, 2013 at 11:58 am

My name is Uehara,
I was looking for a great website to introduce to English learners viewing my website( most of them are Japanese). I found your website very useful and I am definitely going to recommend it to many people.
Thanks very much for the great work!

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39 Abraham January 11, 2013 at 11:55 pm

This is what i was looking for!! Thank you!!

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40 Mikel January 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Is there any book, not a test book, written in IPA Phonetic Alphabet?

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Melanie 41 Melanie January 23, 2013 at 11:38 am

Hi, Mikel!

The book “English Pronunciation Made Simple” by Paulette Dale and Lillian Poms includes all the IPA symbols used in American English. It is not a test book.

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42 Jon January 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

A big THANK YOU! My wife and I have been teaching English and Citizenship to Hispanics for over 4 years. We teach one-on-one in their homes after their children leave for school.

I purchased Mastering the American Accent for my advanced students, but had difficulty using it with beginning students. Last Fall I started a class using material from StarFall.com because it is a good, basic phonics program. I use the IPA symbols and am writing an English-Spanish dictionary with the words introduced in each StarFall unit. I am also folding in lessons & videos from Mastering the American Accent and from You Tube.

Today I downloaded several of your videos and will show them to my students on my iPad Mini. I had to download them because many of students do not have Internet in their homes.

Thanks again for the great videos.

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43 rashid January 25, 2013 at 2:46 am

really its good site, where someone can find best tips for improving English pronunciation and language as well.

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44 Letícia Silveira January 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Hey!
I’m studying English abroad and I’ve ended up in the Advanced class. My teacher told me, though, that I should sound more natural.
I know that the best thing would be ask him, but can you explain to me what he meant when he said so?
And, with these advices, can I do it?
Cheers.

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Melanie 45 Melanie January 31, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Hi, Letícia!

Congratulations on reaching the advanced level!

Well, without hearing you speak or knowing anything about you, it’s hard to know what your teacher meant!

Do you speak Spanish or Portuguese? Where are you studying English?

Here are some of my guesses of what your teacher meant by “natural”:
- intonation
- stressed syllables / stressed words in a sentence
- English phrases/collocations instead of translating from your language into English

The best thing to do is imitate speakers that you like. Are you studying at a private language school? It can be difficult to find native speakers to talk to. Try watching TV shows or movies & imitating things the actors say.

= )

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46 Cindy February 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Do you give practical lessons?

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47 Pareeep Pahal February 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

hi

i belong to haryana but due to my M.T.I. i am unable to pronounce correctly.
i try a lot but still i am getting some problem.

so can you suggest me how can i remove my mother tongue influence.

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48 swarnika February 22, 2013 at 5:27 am

its grt..thnxs..:)

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49 sushil February 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Hi Melanie!

First of all a big hello and a warm hug to you. Would like to ask one question-

The pronounciation of UK and American English are different. M I right or wrong?

Could you please suggest some video which would be food for thought?? Me want to learn pronounciation in more accurate and flamboyant manner..

Thanks for you time and thanks a ton in advane.
You can also drop me an email @ parmarsushil@live.com for good suggestion.

Rgds: sushil.

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50 CHARLES February 26, 2013 at 6:12 am

Hello i see you are very helpfull for improving my pronunciation, please tell me what can i do apart from your advice, since i do not have any decording device to hear my speaking?

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51 Justin February 27, 2013 at 1:26 pm

It is awesome website of tips for improving English

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52 Anupam Roy February 28, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Hi Melani,Just give me a tip of getting my self-confidence back in action?

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53 Anupam Roy February 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I meant 2 say that I know english very well but feel very nervous and uncomfortable while pronunciating the words

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54 nsc February 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Thank you for your help.
My teacher said That I have a nice fluent speakin’ but I bad pronunciation. Is could be possible?
I have read that if you can understand a natural conversation You can’t have problem with the speak.
I know that my vocabulary is poor but in a conversation I can understand like 80%.
and since my teacher told me in my last class that I feel very unsure.
Can you give me some tips?
PS I’m from Mexico

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Melanie 55 Melanie March 21, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Hi, NSC,

Hmmm, this an interesting comment!

Yes, it is possible to sound fluent but still have problems with individual sounds. There are three main parts to English pronunciation:
1. Sounds
2. Rhythm
3. Intonation

If you watch a lot of American TV shows & movies, you may have picked up the rhythm & intonation of English, but you may still pronounce individual sounds wrong, especially the vowel sounds. Spanish only has 6 vowel sounds, but American English has about 15 vowel sounds.

“I have read that if you can understand a natural conversation You can’t have problem with the speak”
I have not heard or read this before. Understanding the conversation has nothing to do with being able to speak. Speaking English well = pronunciation + grammar + vocabulary

The thing to focus on is your long-term goal. If you just want to be able to communicate and for people to understand you and not worry about being ‘right’ or ‘correct,’ then you’re doing fine. If you want to speak fluently & properly, you will need to focus on individual sounds, as well as improving your grammar & vocabulary.

Have you ever heard what you sound like speaking English? I think the best thing for you to do is to record yourself speaking English, and compare it to a native speaker.

Good luck to you!

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56 nsc May 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Thank you.
I’ll try to improve my vowels, and record myself.
Have a nice day.

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57 Anupam Roy March 1, 2013 at 11:54 am

Melanie,I am waiting for your reply

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58 shilan March 11, 2013 at 9:19 am

do we need to study pronunciation s book in college?

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Melanie 59 Melanie March 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Hi, Shilan!

Your teacher will tell you what books you need to use in your course at college.

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60 Luciano March 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Hello!

How can I do to have english classes with you?
I’d like to know about payment, metodology, etc
Do you use skype?

Tks a lot!

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61 Alireza March 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Im Alireza. Im from Iran .your site and your sort of teaching is very much good.
THANK YOU

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62 Rabih March 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I really want to change my accent in to British can anybody help please

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63 belajar March 28, 2013 at 4:36 am

hy … thanks for you great web it’s very usefull to help improve my emglish.
I want focus to reading, writing and listening first before i star to speaking . have some suggestion to me?

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64 Brahmanandapanda April 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I want so badly improve my spoken English.

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65 ARSHAD ANSARI April 2, 2013 at 6:44 am

i can understand english but unable to speak englisg in my friends circle. besides when i speak i commit little mistkes in pronunciation. how can i remove these problems. plz help me,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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66 Islambek April 10, 2013 at 2:20 am

I’m really surprised at these tips. I want to improve my pronounciation, too. I think these tips are very helpful for improving our pronounciation. That’s why I decided to use these tips for making my presentation. And I will present it at the end of this month. I hope it will be successful. Can you tell please any other ways to improve our speech?
Thank you for everything)))

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67 Nadir Ali Hashmi April 15, 2013 at 1:40 am

Hi dear,
It’s good to see this site aimed at aiding the English speakers to perfect their pronunciation , improve their confience and communication skills when dealing with the people of different nations.I would like to enhance my speaking skills as well by following all the tips and techniques advised by you and come as close to the utterence of English words exactly as that of a native speaker .

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68 sanjeev kumar April 19, 2013 at 12:47 am

i hv the problem in pronciation so i want to know how can i improve but i hv the good knowledge of english as well as grammar. so pronciation is major problem.so plz tell me how can i improve

sanjeev kumar ( H.P)

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69 GUNA April 23, 2013 at 5:55 am

IT IS VERY USEFUL FOR ME

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70 Samira April 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Melanie please let me know if you’re teaching as part of comunity service or
I have to pay for the classes; If I have to pay please let me know what’s the cost
of the course, since I need to learn the English pronunciation but I to count
every single penny I spend. Thank you , I really enjoy the demostration and I
know I will learn fast.
samirayd1520gmail.com

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71 Dianne April 29, 2013 at 12:20 am

hi!! I love your youtube channel!!

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72 meetu May 3, 2013 at 7:19 am

hi

melanie

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73 meetu May 3, 2013 at 7:21 am

actually i want learn English

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74 aliou May 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm

could i have your skype please melanie just in order my level in english thanks

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75 skooter frank guzman May 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm

i want to married with you

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76 maagii May 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

Hi, how are you? I want to learn English.How will I improve my english?My pronounciation is not good.

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77 Moustafa Desoukey May 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

Hi, first of all I wanna thank you for these tips , it so helpful , but my problem that I used to talk in english perfectly , but since few years I camed to egypt to complete my collage education , it’s so how I lost my accent, now after all am applying for a new job , but fortunately I did an interveiw an I was so hesitated, making wosrt speaking ever , thank you again , and wish me luck .

Moustafa Desoukey

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78 rajwinder kaur May 28, 2013 at 2:13 am

this post really helpful

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79 maryjane nopre May 29, 2013 at 8:00 am

hi!ms melanie
i would like to thanks this website that help us and some info,how to emproved pronounciaton,, this is very helpful

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80 Ehsan Eidy May 31, 2013 at 6:04 am

Hi . It works. Just do it to the best of your ability to get the best result. But pay attention that the best way to learn something is to teach that. So If you are interested to speak with the best accent try to say the words aloud like a teacher and take a note of those (on the board suggested) in order to say them everyday and practice over and over again. It helps you on your pronunciation.
What do you think Melanie?

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81 carlos June 6, 2013 at 5:54 am

Hi !
Realy this site is very helpful
I just wold like someone to help me to improve my languags and my accent ( the american accent )

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82 deeh June 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

hi Melanie. Your website is helpful. Thank you

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83 sasa mambulo June 10, 2013 at 8:08 am

hi mrs. melanie. your tips is very helpful. but do you have simple tips beside those?

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84 Sami June 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Hi Melanie,
i don’t actually know how i can exactly discripe my favorfeeling to say you are the
best teacher i met .
but my problem is ( i hope you might be able to help me fix it ) that i can’t express myself very well and i used to make a huge amount of mistakes whether in grammer or in speach ,finally my pronunciation all my trial to imrove it meet many of problems and sometime i recorded myself to hear it i found my pronuciation is good however all who speak with me told me that i just mimk the actors and it is according to them is a big mistake furthermore they told me i can never get the accent and the dialekt i want because i were born neither in US or in UK , so is all what they told me right or not ? i have been learning English for 16 years by the way , actually i began learning since i was 4 years old

i wish i could to get your respond as fast as you can .
Sami.

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Melanie 85 Melanie July 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Hi, Sami!

“however all who speak with me told me that i just mimk the actors and it is according to them is a big mistake”
~ Who told you this? Imitating or mimicking American English speakers is a great way to improve your pronunciation!

“furthermore they told me i can never get the accent and the dialekt i want because i were born neither in US or in UK”
~ This is not true! I know many people who have learned to speak English without an accent even though they don’t live in an English speaking country.

If you don’t live in an English speaking country, the best thing to do is listen to as much English as possible! Listen to English all the time & try to imitate what you hear. This will help you learn natural sentence structure as well.

Good luck to you!
= )

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86 Bahtovari June 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

Yeahhh it really helps….I practiced nearly 1000 years and now I am professional of english pronunciation , I am good

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87 Sachin Patil July 2, 2013 at 2:06 am

Thanks Miss Malanie !
We r citizens from rural area. We found that our students r bright but lack of English communication (mostly pronunciation ) is prime obstacle in their career. With help of u we could make some positive work for them. Plz guide us constantly to make a successful generation for our country.

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88 Ajit Mali July 29, 2013 at 10:30 am

Hello Teacher,

Please add me.I want to improve my english communication.

Thank you.

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89 Elena August 6, 2013 at 6:53 am

Many thanks for information, it’s really useful (=

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90 Mery August 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Hey ms Melanie,

I find your website really interesting and I know that make it really good it takes some time and dedication, but I really appreciate all the help I am receiving from this useful website.

Again, thank you so much for this wonderful job you are doing, keep it up!!!!
Kiss n hugs
Mery

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91 denis August 13, 2013 at 7:51 am

Hello, Ms. Melanie!
Your information was interesting.
Thank you from Russia

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92 nelson August 26, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Madame Melanie,

Your very kind and educated person. I like your teaching through Internet the way it reaches us more tips about American language. You are a mentor, the way I perceive and competitive English speaker. You encouraged us to become mature and responsible in sharing your ideas.

I am from the Philippines and I like people like you who share ideas very professional. I am teaching English subject as fundamental as that of your tips in our school. I like your suggestions and introductions very often to share also to my students.

Thank you very much the knowledge I learned from you in this web.

Nelhzone

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93 Queen September 5, 2013 at 5:19 am

Good Morning Ms Melanie

my name is Queen. I am from South Africa may please suggest something for me that can help me improve my English pronunciation and writing, something like DVDS, Software, you may email me on this email mathebula.q@gmail.com

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94 Shoshana September 5, 2013 at 7:41 am

If you are going for most excellent contents like myself, only go to see this
web site all the time because it offers quality contents, thanks

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95 Queen September 6, 2013 at 4:03 am

Melanie

Do you have DVD for your lessons.

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96 Junaid September 8, 2013 at 7:37 am

Hello Melanie, what a awesome work your doing, i really appreciate your effort which you are bestowing on every one; who is trying to improve their American Accent. I am a great fan of yours. I am currently working on improving the accent through recording my own voice and listening it again. What else can I do ? Waiting for your convivial reply…Have a nice day

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97 shubhangi September 8, 2013 at 10:54 am

Hi mam I am from India I want to improve my English pronunciation&accent.and I want to learn us/Uk

accent.please

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98 AD September 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

Hi Melanie,
thanks for these useful tips! I’d be glad if you could help me solve an issue. I’ve found that repeating sentences and sounds does improve my pronunciation, but when I have to make normal conversation all of these efforts seem lost and I end up switching back to my native accent – Italian if you care. I guess it may be because I focus on what I have to say and have no time to think of *how* I’m saying it.
I don’t really have many chances to pratise real conversation, and my English practice mainly involves writing and listening.
Do you have any tips to fix this?
Cheers,
AD

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Melanie 99 Melanie September 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Hi, AD,

How long have you been speaking English? I’m going to guess that you have been speaking English with an Italian accent for a very long time! You switch back to your native accent because that’s what your brain knows. It’s “muscle memory.” It feels comfortable.

You can’t change your pronunciation overnight. I read an article once that said it takes 21 days to change a habit. You have to re-train your brain! You have to keep practicing & repeating things until it’s completely natural & it’s stuck in your brain and you don’t have to think about it anymore.

= )

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100 SHYAM JEE MISHRA October 3, 2013 at 2:46 am

hello, maidam
how i can speak English and how to say pronunciation
please help me

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101 ibra October 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm

i got my english diploma but still need to improve my pronaunciation.. i wish i can meet english freinds to improve my level… thnkx

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102 Shaaban October 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Hi Dear professional Trainer,

I’m from Egypt, I currently live in the United States of America as a LPR. I’m good in writing and reading but my speaking and understanding are not good at all because we learn the English as a second language in my Country, they do not care about the English accent, they only depend on how to teach it only as writing to be done in class exams. Now I need to improve my American accent to deal with my Co-workers and communicate well with my bosses.

Thanks in advance for any tips and suggestions

Shaaban

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103 filnazkousar November 16, 2013 at 5:28 am

hi mam. i am frm pakistanas u knw v r follwng british accent n i need to imprve it plz hlp me i m follwng all ur step . i chek ur site tody its vry hlpfull. i need mrehlp would u plz. waitng fr ur reply

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104 Lorenzo November 16, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Hey Melanie
I’m brazilian and i have this life goal that i really want to achieve it,which sounds silly and imature for now,so,here it goes, i really want to be an actor and have an international carrer,so,i still have to take care of the first steps,and one of them is my pronunciation,i really want to thank you for your help here,i already speak much better(still needing some improvement haha) in contrast of your help,i’ve found a way of mixing all you tips in one big “system” of living,i only think in english,and most of my friends and family speak english as well so i only talk with them in english,when i’m alone i kinda yell speeches and try to talk as fast as i can,i really hope the neighbour don’t think i am crazy,haha thanks for eveything.

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Melanie 105 Melanie November 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Hi, Lorenzo!

This is not a silly or immature goal at all! This is a great goal!

I wish you all the best,
= )

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106 omar December 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Hi Melanie
My name is Omar, I’m from Iraq and I’m trying to improve my English conversation skills. The problem with me is to find the right person who speak like English native speaker, unfortunately I couldn’t find such a person so I’m just keep listening and recording my self during reading and sometime speaking with some friends with less English levels than me. I have some friends in UK and I do some chat with them but not always. So, do you have an idea or suggestion for me in case i can do a step forward to make my English better… many thanks…

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107 Matt December 5, 2013 at 8:13 am

Thank you so much!
I’ve been struggling with my pronunciation since I got here in Australia. It was okay in my country (Singapore) but people here think our accent is irritating. So I started trying to change my accent but my mouth looks so weird when I speak. I think I need to learn IPA though it seems like a challenge for me. :)

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108 chayenne werry December 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm

hi i ‘m chayenne werry and i am 12 years old i sit on the comprensive school i think that i not good at english are.can you help me?

groetjes.chayenne werry

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Melanie 109 Melanie December 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Hi, Chayenne!

You should look for a private tutor to help you with your English skills. There are probably many British people who live in the Netherlands. They can help you with your English. Do you live near a university? There could be some students from England who can help you.

Good luck to you!

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110 angel December 11, 2013 at 9:06 am

hi, I’m from Iran and so happy to find this web I’m sure your tips will help me to improve my accent thanks

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111 Laziz December 12, 2013 at 1:39 am

I did not see it ( your english lessons) but I will .Thank you ;-))))))

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112 Immanuel December 14, 2013 at 10:32 am

Hi Melanie, thank you for giving me such wonderful advice on this site.
I’ve started practising an English/British accent in the mid of August.
And ever since, I’m great when speaking the London accent; but the only problem is that I sounded like a boy faking an English accent.

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113 rawah December 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

hi I’m an English teacher from Syria(mother language is Arabic ) I want to improve both my writing and pronauncation what can I do to help my student too.
thanks

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114 Mary January 11, 2014 at 3:23 am

Hi Melanie,
Any effective tips/activities to teach pronunciation to French primary students (8 to 10 year-old kids). Thank you so much ! Mary

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115 Deepraj singh January 14, 2014 at 5:41 am

Hello mam
I have some problem in english pronunciation if I will hear english songs or videos. may it help to improve my english pronunciation?

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116 Bruno January 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm

this fantastic post there are many tips I can use to improve my English , I´m from Brazil and Brazilian accent is really difficult to reduce though I´ve seen some good results.
Thank u very much for this post .

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117 Martha January 28, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Miss.Melanie,thank you so much.I have learnt so many new things.thank you once again for your wonderful advice

with love,
Martha

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118 charlemagne February 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Dear i really like the love you put in teaching. I m leaving in USA but i still habe issue with my pronounciation and that is a barrier for my career i have tried
many times with private classes but it look like i grown up with a bad habit(pronounciation) i was wondering how to contact you to get help regarding to my improvement. Thank you for your time.
Best
Charlemagne
My email charilboudo@yahoo.fr

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119 Ram March 2, 2014 at 3:31 am

Hi Melanie
I want to improve my English speaking in American accent. Today I visited your
websites & watched many videos of yours. I am belongs to India however my English is like Indian English it is very difficult to understand for any American guys
However I request you to give some tips to improve my English accent.

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120 jaismeen March 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

Hello, how r u
I want to improve my english I can speak but most of the times I hesitate to speak english pls give me some tips. Pls help me.

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121 Nazmul March 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm

i have to need a native speaker who speaks nicely with pronunciation my skype id is nazmulzobaid103 gmail ad nazmuldoc2013@gmail.com

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122 alex March 16, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Dear Melanie,

Thank you for the tips, I found them very helpful and interesting, def. I will apply them with my English Pronunciation groups :D at least during my social service.

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123 Remi March 26, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Hi Melanie,

Wow, great tips. I’ve been Iiving in the US for 10 years, took a course on American pronunciation a couple of years ago, and keep striving to be understandable. I want to keep my French accent! People like it. The biggest challenge is to catch your own pronunciation mistakes. Toastmasters, a club for public speaking, helps me a lot for receiving feedback on how to improve on words I had no clue I mispronunced them.
Thanks a lot for sharing all this.

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124 shabnam March 30, 2014 at 4:32 am

Dear Melanie,
I need someone with standard american accent to read a simple text that i need for my project and then email that to me in a mp3 format,it would be kind of you guide me .

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125 Umm Abdullah April 7, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Hi Melanie ,
I’m new in English , and i’m so happy to start from here.

Thanks.

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126 md hajrat ali April 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

i am not a good pronunciation,
Plese hellp me,
Same bady

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127 Ramzana April 15, 2014 at 7:38 am

Dear madam

I am Ramzan from Sialkot Pakistan. I want to tell you that i have much interest to learning and speaking english, But how can i improve my english Please guide me in your way,
I will be grateful to you if you give me some good ideas about learning and speaking english,

I am waiting for your reply,

Best regards,
Ramzan

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I like the content of the page. and I will try my best to use all these comments and suggestions and I hope to get a satisfy results.

Thank you so much

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