Which Accent Is The “Correct” Accent?

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| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!don’t know how it is possible — in this age where everyone is supposedly so “progressive” — that people could still be talking about which accent of The English Language is “correct”, and which is not.  (Actually, I do know — but that is beyond the scope of this blog post)  😆  The fact is — people who think that one particular accent is “Correct” (and any other is NOT) are — quite simply — wrong  (and stupid).

However — I STILL See People Making Videos With Titles Like…

“Which English Accents Is Correct / Best?”  —  “…Which Accent Should You Learn?”  — Etc.

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(All the while, completely over-looking the preference of the student)

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!hy not all of them?!?!?!  There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to learn ANY of them.  In fact — I like to learn as many accents as possible (but that is only because I like doing impressions). 😀  The only reason that anyone would think that one particular accent is “correct” and all others are NOT, would have to be due to some sort of nationalistic pride.

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!ut that teacher should not try to convince his or her students that any OTHER accent is “wrong”!  Or even that the way that a certain word is pronounced in another accent is wrong.  If they DO — then they are just a shitty teacher.  And I have seen it on MULTIPLE occasions.

Why?!?!?!

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!hy are there so many so-called “teachers” who think that it is okay to let their own limited view-points about “right & wrong” get in the way of actually helping their students in the way that their students want and need?

“It Is Only Because There Are A LOT Of Shitty Teachers

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(Unfortunately there is not a lot that can be done about that…  But I am trying)

“Accent” vs “Pronunciation”

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| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!t should be noted that there is a difference between “Accent” and “Pronunciation”.  Of course “Accent” is PART of Pronunciation — but that is not what I am referring to.  What I mean is:  There IS such a thing as “Correct” Pronunciation(But NOT “Correct Accent”)EVERY word in the English language can be pronounced correctly in ANY accent.  That is just basic logic.  😎

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!t does not matter that there are certain words that are pronounced differently in each of the different accents of English.  Each one is correct For That Accent.  BUT  —  The Most Important Thing Of All Is…

Is Your Pronunciation Comprehensible?

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!think that all teachers can learn a good lesson from the man in the video below about how to approach the topic of accents.  I specifically like what he says between 00:41 and 1:21 in the video.  In fact — it is a bit of “simple genius”:

      • If you can speak fluently, and people can understand you, then accent plays a secondary role
      • Accent learning is just another acquired skill
      • In order to sound like a native speaker, you don’t have focus on reducing your own native accent

Enjoy!

And Finally…

[For “Teacher”]  STOP Telling Students That They Need To “Lose Their Native Accent”!  —  The people from every culture around the world have unique accents.  And for each accent — there are probably millions of people who think that that particular accent is beautiful when speaking English.  If the person can be comprehended when they speak English in their own accent, then there is no need to “Sound Like A Native”.
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If It IS The Goal Of The Student To “Sound Like A Native”  —  Then that will happen naturally, simply by using the language.  It is NOT the teacher’s responsibility OR PREROGATIVE to force people to lose their beautiful accents.

Have An Excellent Day!

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