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Right, my name is Sasha as you might already know, and today I want to talk about accents my point of view on the subject. 

Accents... There are so many, besides native English dialects that are used all over the globe, there are of course non-native ones such German, French, Russian, Chinese etc. So I just want to put in my 50p. 

1. Can you ever ditch your native accent when you speak English or will you always have one? What does that depend on, possibly on your teacher being a native speaker or just how much time you spend in English speaking environments such as communicating with natives and generally surrounding yourself with English on a regular daily basis?


2. I've noticed a lot of Russian speakers attempting to speak American English. I'm not entirely sure why this may be, maybe because of American culture or the way that an American accent is easier to vocalise and more relaxed to pronounce rather than a more refined British.

Yeah, I'm not certain about this point actually so you may want to elaborate on the subject. For me personally, speaking without stumbling and mumbling is more important and a better target than obtaining a perfect native accent.

3. I have met people who succeeded, but it's very, very rare. I think it's achievable for some people, but definitely not all. Most will fail. A few might just make it. Most of the time that people are attempting to polish their accents, then ending up sounding false and pretentious, their voice pitch changes and they appear to sound unnatural.

4. I know a number of kids that come to English speaking countries and managed to entirely drop their accent, but I believe after the certain age it becomes very challenging to sound like a native and demands a tremendous amount of hard work, vocal coaching, individual motivation and self-discipline.

5. I find it hard to accept when people declare they're speaking fluent English after learning the language for a few years.

What does fluency even mean anyway?

Speaking the language like a native, know all the grammar from A to Z and understanding speakers from different regions?

Before I joined VK, I had no idea that Passive and Active voices actually existed in English. Seriously, we were never taught that in school, we learnt tenses in Primary school at the age of 6 but by the age of 15, no one even remembered that stuff.


6. There isn't a limit on learning, but in general, there will always be areas of vulnerable points that you should always strive to improve in. Even though you can never abandon your native accent, you can always reduce it. Don't get put off by it, there are millions of English dialects that exist in the world and it isn't something you should feel uncomfortable about.

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