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Is there anything that I can use to help me practice my french accent?

There are so many ways you could do this that are still enjoyable! You could watch a tv show or movie with English subtitles but French speaking, as previously mentioned you could learn a song in French- personally I learnt the first verse of 'Amour Plastique' by VIDEOCLUB (which you may recognise from Tik Tok a while ago), French music is beautiful!

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As you already received a few interesting answers, I would like to add that in order for you to improve faster, you need to adapt to your own level and go step by step in the learning process. If you are not yet able to understand the French accent very well, I suggest that you watch Hollywood movies dubbed in French with English subtitles. When you are more able to understand the vocabulary but not yet able to understand French without subtitles, switch the English sub into French ones. Even if you don't understand completely, your brain will still be able to catch a lot of information without you even noticing it. When you are ready, after maybe a few months, try French movies (the accent is more difficult and the speech rate is faster), then progressively get rid of the French subtitles. On another hand, you can learn the lyrics of some French songs that you like! Try to practice as much as you can, by even speaking on your own at home! Finally and most importantly, the best would be to get the help of a professional tutor who will guide you all along your learning journey! Cheers!

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The most important thing to be able to improve your accent is working on the listening and speaking skills. You have to train your ear to catch and identify the sounds, and reproduce them. Find a subject you love, listen and repeat again and again. In parallel hire a tutor or teacher, he/she will help you to correct your mistakes and go faster in the process...

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Of course you can do all of what's mentioned in the other answers, watching videos in French, reading French paragraphs aloud and so on. However I think the most effective way of improving your French pronunciation is to understand how to produce sounds by being told/shown how to use your mouth, tongue and organs needed to produce sounds. Then through regular practice you will perfect your pronunciation. As a French speech therapist and French tutor I am well placed to help you. :)

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The best way to improve your accent is by listening to the langauge being spoken. You could do that by watching youtubers like Cyprien or Norman with the captions or by watching tv series (if you want a good comedy series I can recommend Fait Pas Si Fait Pas Ça). You can also watch your favourite tv series but in French (on streaming websites like Netflix it is very easy to change the language and a lot of series are available in French). When I started learning English I watched a lot of American youtubers and tv series which is why I actually picked up an American accent even though I live in the UK. That’s how I know this really works!

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Tv-shows and videos on youtube are the best to pick-up the accent. I’d say a great thing to do would be to watch some shows and then find a book of your liking written in French. You can read the book out loud and try to pronounce the words as you heard them in your watching sessions

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