Domi Posted June 22, 2005 Share Posted June 22, 2005 I thought they did not have accents, just spoke strangely? Wording and structure changes are relatively simple to achieve even if from time to time you will be slipping in the native tongue's word ordering. But if they did have an accent, I think they would keep the accent. The way you speak gets set very early in life. If your native tongue does not have the sounds of your second tongue and you were 'set' by the age of fluency (about 5 or something).... you are 'set' for good. Later you can change it a bit, but the first structure will remain with you for life and you will always have an accent. Accent reduiction can be achieved through painstacking and repetitive excersises when you are an adult but some sounds you will not be able to distinguish and therefore pronounce correctly. Same goes for regional dialects - some of them are considered incorrectable. At least that what I had been told. Link to comment
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