Everyone has an accent of some kind when speaking English. It can identify the part of the world in which you live or from which you have come. The accent is noticed by the person who listens to it. I come from the midwestern part of the United States, so you might notice that I have a midwestern accent. You can also say that I have an American accent. It’s not a bad thing to have an accent.
Some of my students don’t like the accent they have when they speak English. I always tell them not to worrry about it too much because it’s a very American thing to have an accent. We are, after all, a nation of immigrants. Go to any American city and you’ll hear accents from around the world:
If you are really worried about your accent, there are accent reduction exercises you can practice on many different websites. On this website, these pronunciation exercises might help. But as I said before, it’s not a bad thing to have an accent.
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This page was first published on May 11, 2012. It was updated on May 1, 2015.