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English Without Foreign Accent?!

– This letter was first published in my old blog back in 2007.

credit: online-english.org

Dear Z,

I was intrigued by your comment on my last posting about the various ‘modifications’ of English. First of all, yes, they are easily noticeable throughout the world and although it may be seen as racial, people sometimes recognize others’ ethnic group merely by the sound of their accent. It is a common linguistic phenomenon in which non-native users of any language tend to carry the intonation, phonological processes and pronunciation rules from their mother tongue into their English speech.

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