Once we start investing the time into acquiring a new language, we are eager to see results and test ourselves. A good opportunity (and sometimes the reason for learning in the first place) is traveling to a country where the language is spoken. Being able to communicate with and understand a native speaker is probably the greatest reward. However, once you have acquired a certain level of mastery, it can become frustrating to be immediately placed as a foreigner who has merely acquired the local tongue. The perpetrator that tells on us every time: Our accent.
Depending on your native tongue, pronouncing certain sounds of another language can prove to be difficult. Still, it is not impossible to learn these phonetic elements and if you invest the time and patience, your work may just pay off. For his blog Fluent in 3 Months Benny Lewis put together a few tips that might help English speakers improve their foreign accents. What has been your experience with learning a new language and mastering its unique sounds? (more…)