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Accent and pronunciation are not the same thing!
Your accent doesn't matter. You will always have your own accent, but if you pronounce the words correctly then you are half way there...
First - learn PHONETICS. This is something that you need to do right at the beginning.
You may think that this is not important, but remember - English, is NOT spoken the way it is written ! (See Lesson 3 - Phonetics.) Also study 'Linking and connecting' speech.
Oxford University Press - A guide to IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet)
Learning phonetics will seriously help your pronunciation. Every word in the dictionary has its own phonetic spelling in parentheses (brackets) right after it.
HowjSay is a free on-line talking dictionary of English (U.K. pronunciation)
NOTE: Most of the pronunciation online is done in American English. If you would prefer to speak the English from Great Britain, then check out the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) and also the tips to be found on our Pronunciation page.
Another good site is fonetics. This is more for beginners (or children) and shows how to pronounce and write all the letters of the alphabet together with example words.
Many Things is a clever little programme for listening and repeating verbs. (U.S.)
Songs are a good idea. Not because the pronunciation is good, but because the music will help you to remember what you hear.
Children’s story books are also a good idea - they are nice and simple. Read them aloud and if you can, record yourself doing this.
Ship or Sheep - Try this page, and just mouse-over the words to hear the pronunciation..
Follow the diagrams on UIOWA.edu (courtesy of the University of Iowa) and watch yourself in the mirror as you pronounce the various phonetic sounds.
Remember - learn the pronunciation FIRST - otherwise you will pick up bad habits and nobody will understand you when you are speaking.
Now the next thing to take a look at is our page on Grammar