I ask this question because someone raised this issue on one of my posts.
I believe there is such a thing. The reason I say this is that I notice with our students that because they get a real range of native English speakers throughout their course, by the time they have done around 6 months they are beginning to develop a native English accent. Well a kind of a native English accent that is. And what I would call an INTERNATIONAL NATIVE ENGLISH accent.
This I think is really the dream of anyone learning a language, that they can speak English so perfectly that they can really fit into any native English conversation and no one would be able to identify the true origin of their accent.
Any accent is acquired due to the speech spoken around you wherever you are. So if you work and live with French people chances are you will acquire a French ‘lilt’ to your accent.
Also a lot of ESL teachers develop an international native English accent over time too, mainly because often they are teaching in foreign countries and they themselves are socializing with many different English accents themselves, so they ‘lose’ their accent and become more international. Also they are spending all day and every day speaking English ‘perfectly comprehensible’.
So what do you think? Do international native English accents really exist?
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