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Atsuhiro Nishikata, a Japanese studying in Australia, tests his proficiency in speaking with an American and Australian accents in this video.

Matt, one of the viewers seems to have given one of the most objective comments: “I’m American. To me it sounds like your accent is about 70% American, 20% Australian, and maybe about 10% Japanese. The main differences I hear are in the words that end in “r”, as maybe you know, in American English, (with the exception of many northeastern US accents) the “r” sound is very clear. To me, when Australians say “bar” or “better” it sounds like “baa” and “bet-ta”, though US when we say “better” it sounds more like “bedder”. Some vowel sounds stand out as well. For example when Australians say “bake a cake”, I hear “bike a kike” and when they say “about” I hear “a bat” By the way, I think the expression “How are you going?” is not so much an aspect of accent, but rather can be described as a dialect difference comes down more to word choice than pronunciation.

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