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As you may all well know by now, the whole concept of a ‘native speaker’ is somewhat strange. I mean honestly there are some native speakers (of which I am one), who I just cannot understand a word that comes out of their mouth. Why? Not just the words used from their particular area of the world, but simply their accent!
What actually is an accent?
But an accent really is just the different ways we ‘form’ the words in our mouth. If you listen to different accents, even though they are all saying the same words they are forming them in different ways. This way of forming words was learned by listening to others who do the same.
Where do accents come from?
What I do find really interesting though is that these accents don’t usually come from our home or our family…
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