Mike - The Sample

Mike   Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:54 pm GMT

Here is where I'm speaking, not reading ... It's pretty slow, it sound pretty crazy, coz i didn't know what talking about :)))
Deborah   Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:55 am GMT
Mike, I understood you perfectly well. Congratulations!

Since you say you want to sound American, here's a hint about a sound that's often difficult for non-native speakers to achieve: In words such as "other" (which was in your sample), "bus", "luck", etc., don't open your mouth too wide. That results in a vowel that's too close to "a". Instead, just let your jaw relax and drop open -- don't actively make it open.
Mike   Tue Aug 23, 2005 8:04 am GMT
@ Deborah

This sound is called "shwa", right? The words like "love", "bus", "fun" have it, huh?

How's my "band"? And what about rhyme and intonation?
Mike   Tue Aug 23, 2005 8:06 am GMT
And by the way, how do you pronounce the words like "hit", "bit", etc
is it close "het", "bet"? and what about "baby"? is "y" close to "e" too?
Ekko   Fri Aug 26, 2005 5:02 am GMT
Lemme have a go a this...

Your rythem is pretty good, i think the main area to work on is stress