A lot of English learners think they need to sound like native English speakers. The good news is, that's not true! Today, we'll tell you three reasons most people do not need a native English accent.
As an adult, it's almost impossible to lose your accent. So you might as well keep it. Just make sure you speak clearly. As long as you can speak clearly, it doesn't matter if you have an American accent or an Italian accent.
In fact, many successful people speak English with a clear, non-native accent: e.g. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penélope Cruz, Arianna Huffington, Cristiano Ronaldo, etc.
There are probably some famous people in your country who speak accented but clear English. Instead of trying to sound like a native speaker, make those people your role model for good pronunciation.
Did you know that non-native English speakers outnumber native English speakers in the world today?
This means that non-native English accents — like yours — are actually the norm.
Learning a new language doesn't mean you need to change your personality, values, or any other part of your identity. That includes your accent.
So instead of trying to lose your accent, accept it. Tell yourself, "I am Italian. I speak English with a lovely Italian accent." Some people may even find your accent interesting!
Also, remember that English is made up of diverse dialects and accents. For example, native English accents include Australian, Irish, Scottish, South African, southern American, and northern English accents, just to name a few. Your accent adds another unique color to the world of English.
At this point, you may be wondering if there are any benefits to learning a native English accent. The answer is "yes," but only for specific types of learners.
Whatever accent you choose to learn, Engoo can help. We have online English tutors from hundreds of countries, so you can learn any accent you want. We're also available 24/7, so you can study English any time of day from the comfort of your home. Learn more about us here.