How strong or weak your accent is depends on 2 things:
1. At what age do you start noticing and speaking the language you are trying to acquire - the younger the weaker the accent.
2. How many sounds/phonemes does your native language have - the more sounds the better.
There are 3 things you should know about Pronunciation
The first thing is:
If you can’t hear a sound, you can’t pronounce it.
First make sure you can hear, say the TH sound or the V sound or the R sound, and then start with your pronunciation practice.
The second thing is:
Nobody can teach you how to hear, only YOU can teach yourself how to hear the sounds, you will then try to pronounce, don’t waste your money on pronunciation “experts”.
The third thing is:
Don’t start with individual sounds, focus on chunks of sound, what we call COLLOCATIONS.
- Start with collocations,
- then move up to short sentences,
- after than go back down to individual words and
- finally try individual sounds.
Let me demonstrate:
Don’t learn individual words.
Don’t start with individual sounds.