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    Chewie555 Posts: 4, Reputation: 1
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    Mar 2, 2019, 10:46 PM
    How do I speak fluent English without sounding like Iím ďtrying too hardĒ?
    Hi. Iím from Hong Kong and Iím still learning English.

    Thereís a problem when Iím trying to speak English is I want to be more fluent and I donít really like my Hong Kong accent,people say accent donít matter but to me the accent sound bad because itís very choppy and not fluent,thatís the thing about my accent I hate.Itís not the accent itself,is the choppiness of it.

    The actually problem for me is when Hong Kong people trying to sound fluent,even if we ACTUALLY sound fluent and nice.Itís just kind of weird that fluent English coming out of a person with a asian face,it feel like that we are be like ďOh my English is so fluent I sound like a native speakerĒ which is annoying to other Hong Kong people.

    So the only way to avoid this is we speak with a Hong Kong accent ON PURPOSE but I just hate it.

    Is that a way to speak fluent English as natural as possible and donít sound ďforcedĒ?

    Thank you for answering my question.
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    talaniman Posts: 53,919, Reputation: 10852
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    Mar 3, 2019, 06:00 AM
    Relax, even people who were born speaking English have accents and far from fluent.
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    Mar 3, 2019, 09:47 AM
    You should hear me when I speak Latin -- or even my ancestors' language of German! When I was in a Chicago-area hospital last year, I heard so many delightful accents from all over the world.

    For smoother speaking, frequently talk with a friend, and read out loud to each other from English storybooks or novels. Do you know a native English speaker who will work on this with you?

    Like Tal said, even native Americans have accents, depending on where they're from in this country. (Tal is from a western region and doesn't pronounce words like I do who is from the eastern part of the US.)
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    Mar 3, 2019, 01:15 PM
    Everyone has an accent, and you will most likely always have one. I have one (southern) My wife has one, (Chinese)

    You may, after many years when you get better at English, start working on pronoucing. But you will have always some

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