Did you know that English spoken by native speakers also differs, region to region, and even town to town? Have you heard someone speak in native English and wondered, where did they come from?
Fear not my friend, you are not alone. All of us sound different due to many factors. The main ones that influence our accents are: Our native language, our country of residence and emotions, stress, speech ability etc.
Native Language: If your mother tongue is something apart from English, then the sounds from your first language, the intonation and fluency all transfer across to the new-er language. The brain has formed its patterns of learning a language when you first learnt your language. So the brain simply repeats those learning patterns. Hence the reason you struggle with hearing the difference in another language. Plenty of times, I have heard clients say that they have no idea what sounds different.
The answer is simple, the brain is just not used to hearing the difference. Humans are built to fit into their comfort zone. If you are going to break out of your comfort zone, you have to do the necessary work, get uncomfortable and start using methods to hear ‘new’ sounds. It is as simple as that. Imagine a yellow car in your head, and start looking out for them. You will be amazed as to how many yellow cars you suddenly see! The same applies to listening to ‘new ‘ different sounds. If you are not sure what sounds to listen to, hit me up and I can help you😊
Country of residence : Each country has its own culture and way of doing things. Like how you would get fish and chips in almost every country, but differing styles and versions….but its still fish and chips right? Same analogy. So where you are lived most of your life, influences the way you sound. With globalization, people move countries every 7 years or so. And hence get very confused as to how they should sound like. My simple answer, sound NEUTRAL! Which is what all my course is about. It is all about sounding neutral and clear, so that no matter where you go, where you move to, you will BE UNDERSTOOD!
Now, if you are one of those who love to hear how others sound in different parts of the world, check this website out. http://www.accentbase.com/
I have recorded and sent in my speech, under Perth, Australia. But have a play and check out all the other accents in the world. You will be blown away as to how different people sound ALL over the world, even in native English speaking countries. Feel free to contribute your accent to their database too!
I am curious as to what other languages you speak, and where you have lived. Comment below and share your knowledge😊