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Why You Do Not Need a Native English Accent

Why You Do Not Need a Native English Accent

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.

1. If you speak clearly, your accent doesn't matter

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.

2. Non-native English accents are the norm

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.

3. Your accent is a part of you

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.

Are there any benefits to learning a native accent?

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.

  • If you live in a native English-speaking country, learning to speak like the locals will help you fit in better.
  • If your work requires you to interact with native English speakers (e.g. you work for a call center), learning their accent will make it easier for them to understand you and vice versa.
  • If your field of work prefers native accents (e.g. you work as a news presenter), learning to sound like a native speaker will help you get a job.
  • If you particularly like an accent, learning it can boost your confidence when you speak.

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.