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How can a foreign speaker (where a "foreign speaker" speaks English as a second language) effectively improve their spoken English by improving their pronunciation and reducing their foreign accent.

To be more specific, let's assume that the foreign speaker wishes to target a particular regional accent in English. Let's take mid-western United States as an example.

Note: this is a cross-post from the Stack Exchange site "Spanish Language and Usage". I posted in both places because I expect the methods for improving pronunciation may differ.

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closed as not constructive by Matt E. Эллен, Mitch, yoozer8, Daniel, jwpat7 Mar 30 '12 at 18:32

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Visit the country ;p – Em1 Mar 30 '12 at 13:35
Get an American girlfriend. – GEdgar Mar 30 '12 at 13:50
Speak over and over with speakers of that accent. By the way, most native speakers in the US wouldn't be able to tell that there is a mid-western accent that is different from the majority of the US population. That is, as far as accents (and culture) goes, there's hardly anything special. Pretty mainstream. – Mitch Mar 30 '12 at 14:21
possible duplicate of Fun and enjoyable ways to practice pronunciation? – Mitch Mar 30 '12 at 14:53
up vote 5 down vote accepted

There is some encouraging research behind the approach used in the English Accent Coach website. It's free and easy to use. You don't even need to login. (I was not involved with and have no commercial interest in the site.)

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