Can you get rid of your non-native English accent, can you lose your foreign accent, can you acquire a native accent to the point where people mistake you for a native?
The short answer is NO.
It is well established that past a certain age, about 11-12, plus minus 1,
it is virtually impossible to speak with a native accent.
It is a well-known fact, plenty of research and empirical evidence:
The time and money people waste on pronunciation is truly puzzling
How strong or weak your accent is depends on 2 factors:
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.
English is a very sound rich language, it has a lot of phonemes, a lot of sounds, I count about 33 -34, Wikipedia says 44,
A lot of people struggle with English pronunciation, no question about that:
Her accent, while unmistakably non-native, is still considerably better than some native accents:
The Polish woman, but she should know better than to waste her money on a voice coach.
One could argue that teachers should know better, the teacher, not the student should know what works and what doesn’t.
There are 3 things you should know about Pronunciation:
1. if you can’t hear, you can’t pronounce
Most language teachers think the problem is in the mouth
No, the problem is in the ear, in the brain. First make sure you can hear say the TH sound and then start with your pronunciation practice.
2. Nobody can teach you how to hear, only You can teach yourself how to hear the TH sound
In my book I explain how you can practice your listening using minimal pairs and Monolingual Dictionaries
Only You can teach yourself how to hear the sounds, you will then try to pronounce,
don’t waste your money on voice coaches
3. And the last thing you should know is: who cares about our non-native accent, honestly.
There will always be pricks talking shit about what you say and how you saying it
But honestly, who cares?
You know who has an accent?
People often say:
It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it
Well, I beg to differ. As far as I’m concerned:
It’s what you say, not how you say it