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    Can't Get Rid of Your Accent

    When learning a new language, phonetic is one of the basic things you need to learn. But the truth, even if you are smarter than satan, you will always experience accent difficulty in a foreign language if you learn it in adulthood.
    Do your best to improve your accent, but donít hope it will completely disappear.

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    Re: Can't Get Rid of Your Accent

    Thanks for such inspirational and motivantional words.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: Can't Get Rid of Your Accent

    'motivational', Boris.

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    #4

    Re: Can't Get Rid of Your Accent

    I suppose "motive" and "van" are in the same vein of mobilization too! [just joking ]

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    #5

    Re: Can't Get Rid of Your Accent

    But it does sound, like misunderestimate, like a word that should always have existed.

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    #6

    Re: Can't Get Rid of Your Accent

    It is hard. But if you put a lot of dedication into it, and if your second language is naturally the one you are learning, then you may end up speaking practically as a native. Some of my phonetic teachers are Argentinian, but they practically sound like natives. Like this one, for example: https://audioboom.com/boos/4380096-w...-audioboom?t=0
    (she is my phonetics teacher).

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    Re: Can't Get Rid of Your Accent

    Whilst her speech is very clear and completely understandable, any native speaker would know instantly (from that recording) that she is not a native speaker.

    I can't speak for AmE, but it's incredibly difficult for a non-native speaker to pass for a native BrE speaker, even a speaker of another English variant.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can't Get Rid of Your Accent

    I have met many non-native speakers of English who spoke excellent British English, but I can recall only three* I took for native speakers. Of course, there may have been other native-sounding people who were actually non-native without my knowledge, but I doubt if there were many.

    * One of the three had a strong Liverpudlian accent. I don't know whether a native Liverpudlian would have spotted that this person was a non-native speaker. When my German (Bavarian dialect) was very good, I was very occasionally taken for a Bavarian by people from the north of Germany. Bavarians could tell within a very short time that I was not a native speaker of (Bavarian) German.

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