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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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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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