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What do you think about accent?

I think the ultimate goal for all of us non-native speaker is to be fluent and to sound just like a native speaker when we are talking.

However, most of the time our accent comes out unwanted: the way we pronounce a certain sound, the pitch, the intonation, some pauses may be influenced by our mother tongue. Or sometimes our pronunciation is just too academic.  

I am happy when someone makes a compliment about my good pronunciation but I also really like when I can guess the cultural background of a person just listening to his/her way to speak. What do you think? Is it more important to sound perfect in a language or to keep some dearth as mark of who we are? 

Sep 6, 2016 9:29 AM
Comments · 6
I think you should try to pronounce words like natives, but only in order to be clear and understandable. Any way, you are a stranger for them and by speaking with your own accent you show them that you don't claim to have the same identity, the same culture etc. Because they are different
September 6, 2016
I think accents are cool and it's stupid to try to get rid of them. If it comes naturally - then good, keep it; but it's stupid to work on your accent unless you try yo pretend to be somebody who you are not - and why would you do it? The most important thing is that somebody understands you so if you speak foreign language very good with outstanding grammar then nobody can tell you nothing about the accent as it only proves that you have at least one more language you speak very good. For example, I don't know how I got my English accent, it came naturally at some point. My Polish friends think I have a nice accent, some English native speakers don't know that I'm Polish thinking that my accent it's very neutral but some of them have a lot of Polish friends and straight away they know where I am from :) So, you see no matter how hard you would try if somebody has a very good hearing - they can tell in a second what is your background anyway :) but again, there is nothing wrong about it, as I said it only proves you speak at least two languages very well.
September 6, 2016
I highly respect people, who can speak like native speakers, without any accent. For me it shows, that they've put a lot of effort and worked hard to achieve fluency in the foreign language, and it deserves respect! I am always astounded by such people!!! (and try to do the same...:)))
September 6, 2016
I love other people's accents, I've tried to get an English accent down but I can't do it, my English grammar and pronunciation is pretty good as I've been told which is good, I want people to be able to understand me! but anytime I go visit another country it doesn't take the people very long to figure out I'm from Germany, my accent just comes right through so I've given up on trying to master an English accent as long as people can understand me then I really don't care that I have this kind of thick German accent anymore, it hasn't gotten in the way too much so don't worry about mastering a native accent of an English speaker or any other language it may or may not work, but as long as people can understand you then your native accent doesn't really matter.
September 6, 2016

I agree with what Olga & Ewa said. 

We should do our best to  pronounce words like natives,  in order to be clear and understandable. (This is our goal)

Not to hide our own identity

September 6, 2016
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Jenny
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, German, Italian
Learning Language
English, German