Good news for language learners struggling with their accent…turns out a perfect accent isn’t the most critical skill after all. TIME publishes this article on the relative unimportance of a perfect accent versus “intelligibility”, a confluence of rhythm, volume, and other speaking habits: http://ideas.time.com/2012/04/04/how-to-speak-like-a-native/?xid=gonewsedit
The article suggests that practicing with others is the best way to focus on intelligibility. It will give you a feel for the native speaker’s habits, and it will also focus your attention on getting your point across. Join a Transparent Connect course, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to speak with others and practice your intelligibility.