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Episode 08

Jamie has a surprise for Carolina, who is already quite excited about her new job. Meanwhile, Rob and Adam have been waiting patiently since the last episode to talk about queuing.

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Hello Maan,
I'm afraid I have no idea what MTR is. Can you explain?
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

well Adam MTR means Mother Tongue influence in the speaking,  and from the tone of speaking one can guess the person's native means when you dont have a neutral accent

Dear Maan,
Talking about an accent, I definitely agreed with Adam that there isn't such "neutral accent". Well yes, I am originally from Indonesia, I got my own Mother Tounge; 2nd language and severals other language that I could speak well but if I just speak pure English (what I mean is that I don't mix it with other language) no one will know that I am from Indonesia. I started speaking English only about 8 yrs ago, when I started my first job in Singapore, oh well yes, I couldn't say that I spoke English well at that time but as the time goes by, I must admit that I speak English really well now and yes with really good accent. My first 4 yrs learning English I used Singaporean accent, even though I only lived in Singapore for 2 yrs but the accent stuck in my tounge until the following two years I live in HK. I've been lived in HK for 6+ yrs and immersed myself with native speakers and everything go with the flow, I am happy with my oral English now but not with my writing though. Perhaps I know what you are feeling, one of my friends gave me nickname miss Singapore because I spoke Singaporean English but not anymore. I think my accent a bit American, I learn both ways though (British & American English) because I got mixed friends from both continent, including from Australia & other nations. Just make friends with native speakers and you will speak like native too.
Good luck,

hey thanks Umi.
i am from india, and the place where i am studying is not having a english speaking atmosphere, thats why i am facing lots of problem, i want to improve. thats all

I didn't know that term! I've looked it up and it refers to Mother Tonge Reliance, although the papers I have looked at suggest that it's connected to grammar and vocabulary as well as pronunciation.
So I understand that you are asking how to change your pronunication. That's a big question and a complete answer would take many pages of text. Here are some things to think about:

  • There is no such thing as a 'neutral accent'. Everyone has an accent. I think the important thing is that people can understand you easily.
  • Why do you want to change your pronunciation? What is your goal?
  • Is your goal realistic? You will probably never have an accent like a person from another country.
  • What areas are the most important? Some areas of pronunciation can be very difficult to change and others easier. You probably don't want to spend many hours working on something that is almost impossible to change.
  • If you want to copy a particular accent, the best method is to listen to it as much as possible.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

well, Adam, i am from india, i want to learn to speak in british accent, because i want to work in BPO sector, and for that i have to learn the british accent. that is why i want to change my pronounce

It sounds like you have a very specific need for a particular accent. Most learners of English just need to be understood easily, but it seems that you will be tested somehow on your British accent.
Since I don't know how your accent will be judged, I can't really offer very specific advice on changing it, but I would imagine that listening to British TV, radio & podcasts and trying to imitate what you hear would be helpful.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

thanks Adam. i need a british accent and a good speaking english, as in that sector we have to talk to britishers on phones, to solve their problems say costumers services or complains like that

Hello Adam!
My name 's Anh Dao, I'm from Viet nam. I study English for long time. But I can't speak English, Please help me!
Thanks a lot.

Hey, Adam! How's it going?
Tell more about this series. Is it going to finish at 10th episode? When are you going to start season 4?
Thank you.