How can I improve my Oral English in a few weeks?

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@bjcyrix (6857)
Philippines
June 13, 2008 9:27am CST
Heya! Please help me in my Oral Communications class. We need to report, debate, submit a recording, pretty much everything in the class for the whole term. Its fine and good. I could do that any day but the huge catch is that we have to have an authentic American or British accent. Like thats gonna happen?!? Good thing that our prof told us that he understands it would be very difficult to be as authentic as possible because we are not Americans or British in the first place but he wants us to at least approximate the accent. Our Midterm exam is next month and we have to report in front of the class accents and all. I dont know any Americans or British people in my area to converse with so I can practice and I think the term would be pretty much over if I do a hasty migration to America or Britain. If there are any sites or any audio or recording or any other way that you can help me with this huge problem. It would be much appreciated. Please help! Thanks!
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@ratyz5 (7832)
• Philippines
22 Jun 08
Sliding Doors - British actor Peter Howitt wrote and directed this British romantic comedy-drama with a "road not taken" premise recalling the 1921 play If by Lord Dunsany (1878-1957), Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946), and O.Henry's short story Roads of Destiny (1909). Howitt's storyline branches in two directions: Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) loses her job at a classy London PR firm, has a run-in with a purse-snatcher, and finds her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) in bed with his former girlfriend Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn). But what if it were one of those days when everything goes right? As the sliding doors close while she stands on a subway platform in the London underground, Helen ponders the events in her alternate reality. The plot of Lord Dunsany's If also hinges on a future determined by catching or missing a train. Sliding Doors was shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide
Try to listen for the lines given by some actors in the film, "Sliding Doors" directed by Peter Howitt perhaps there's viewable scenes at youtube Well, I guess that's close to english accents, would that be close to American or British?
@bjcyrix (6857)
• Philippines
23 Jun 08
Thanks for the tip. Ill definitely check that out. You actually gave me good practice material since we will have an exercise in the near future where we will watch a movie but the prof will Pause it sometime then ask someone in the class to repeat the exact dialogue to see if we did understand what was said rather than interpreting the actions just to understand.^_^ As for the question I think it will be closer to or somehow a part of British accent because from what I know the term 'British accent' is a collective noun for all the accents spoken by native people in Britain. Thanks for the movie tip and the response.^_^
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@ratyz5 (7832)
• Philippines
23 Jun 08
Just trying to help.. By the way, I wasn't notified on my email that you started a discussion like this. I had to go to your discussions to find this out..
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@bjcyrix (6857)
• Philippines
27 Jun 08
Thanks again. REally??Maybe the 'notify' is off or something?
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@izzuyasha (348)
• Malaysia
13 Jun 08
For me,I listen to English songs and movies.Sometimes I copy dialogs from those movies and make fun of it with my friends.The most important is to have someone to speak with you i English.
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@bjcyrix (6857)
• Philippines
13 Jun 08
Hi! I grew up watching English movies and Ive actually tried to mimic their speech. The most recent one would be Professor McGonagalls' "Mr. Potter" line.LOL As for having someone to speak with me in English. Thats the problem. All the tourists here have gone home because the summer here is over and the foreign exchange students here are from Korea or China. Thanks for the advice. Guess Ill try to scout out those foreigners here.^_^
• Malaysia
13 Jun 08
In oral tests,grammar is not really important because the examiner doesn't have time to decide whether your English is grammatically correct or not.What's more important is the content of your speech.Just be confident.Find a few friends that take the same subject and have a session where all of you have conversation in English.It doesn't matter if he/she is good at English or not,having someone to talk to in English is good enough.Good luck!
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@bjcyrix (6857)
• Philippines
23 Jun 08
You're right. Though grammar is of importance our prof is stressing more on the accents that we can copy. Anyways, thanks for the encouragement.^_^
@Anne19 (300)
• Philippines
25 Jul 08
I think what you should do is talk to a lot of native speakers of that language. If you have like relatives abroad and you have earphone and mic in your cp then you can ask them to talk to you everyday (that is, if they've already acquired the way native speakers do). If not, then maybe you can try chat rooms and look for some British or Americans, ask them if they can talk to you over the mic. In that way, you can be able to imitate their accents and the way they pronounced words. Hope I've given you some helpful ideas.
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@bjcyrix (6857)
• Philippines
25 Jul 08
I was going for that idea but we just dont have any foreigners here anymore. Im really not much for chatting and I dont have a mic/headset with my computer. Thanks so much for the response and for the suggestions!
• India
13 Jun 08
When you start speaking to others are shouting the lang to learn to others you will be learning easily. Ok now you got it .
@bjcyrix (6857)
• Philippines
13 Jun 08
Ok, Welcome to myLot. Thanks for the response.