Should You Speak English Like a Native
Do you want to sound more like an American or British English speaker?
Many students say that they do, but I’ve always wondered why they think
it’s so important.
Obviously, you want to be understood when you speak English, and for
this reason it’s important to practice pronunciation as well as grammar
vocabulary. But if people can understand you and you can communicate
effectively, is it really important to speak like Colin Firth, Judy
Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz have made millions of dollars
English with a Spanish accent. It’s part of their identity, it’s who
Be proud of your Argentinian, your Mexican or your French accent when
Also, there’s no such thing as one single English accent. There are
Which one should you choose to copy? RP (Received Pronunciation) is
by only 2% of the British population, so if you copy the Queen, British
or BBC newsreaders, you’ll be very much in the minority.
It’s important to remember that you are in the majority as a non-native
speaker who has an accent. Around 350 million people speak English as
first language, but it’s estimated that between 470 million and 1
in the world are non-native speakers of English. That puts the ratio at
For every one native speaker there are three non-native English speakers
Of course, you may want to be an English teacher. In that case, I
the standard British English pronunciation. That’s the pronunciation
that is taught
in most English text books and in international academies like the
for example. This accent is represented by the common phonetic
symbols, the International Phonetic Alphabet, or IPA, and it’s generally
the South of the UK in and around London and the River Thames Estuary
You may want to speak like a native just because it sounds better.
I’m not saying don’t try to improve your pronunciation. However, I am
that you embrace your individualism and your local identity when you
I think accents are sexy!
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