#240: Do I Need to Have a Native Accent?

In this week’s podcast, we’re talking all about whether or not you SHOULD TRY to sound like a native and how this correlates with accent reduction, intelligibility, identity and your DEEPER PURPOSE for learning English. Is this a particular goal you have as part of your English language journey? Have you ever faced any prejudice for the accent that you have? Whatever your thoughts are on the subject, it’s a really interesting one and so you’ll enjoy listening to our discussion about it.

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  • Itching (to do something)
  • Groundbreaking
  • Approachable
  • Antics
  • Heritage
  • Corny
  • Deterrent
  • Look down (on someone)
  • Choppy
  • And whatnot
  • And many more in the app.

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  • Vandana says:

    Incredible channel, awesome coaches, exceptional app, super worthy podcasts, and a diligent team! Everything is so great but let’s just focus on the Real-life English app ’cause it is just exactly what I, as well as millions of us needed. I don’t why but whenever I use this app, I feel like a different person who is much more confident, open to others, better at communication, and literally a global citizen. I never felt scared there because my excitement to meet other people took over my all jitters. The new talk show, World beyond Border is outstanding too as it has not only difficult words, pronunciation, and expression, but also a big push, motivation, and precise advice from English learners and teachers. My support is here with you guys for your work. You guys are awesome!😍 Aww yeah!👑

    • Agnieszka from RealLife English says:

      It’s such a big shout-out, Vandana! Thank you very much for supporting us!

  • Great content! Keep up the good work!

    • Agnieszka from RealLife English says:

      Thank you!

  • Viiii says:

    Thank you for your podcast. It helped me improve my listening skills and boost my vocab
    I hope your team can do more videos about ielts
    Thank you all

    • Agnieszka from RealLife English says:

      We’ll be thinking about it! Thank you for your feedback!

  • Sergius says:

    I think that if you are going to live in an English speaking country, you should completely eliminate or minimize your accent. Look at Hollywood. Good people have the right accent, but villains and cosmic beings don’t, they have a Russian, Italian, German accent.
    So, when a resident speaks to a person with an accent, he subconsciously forms the image created by Hollywood.

    • Agnieszka from RealLife English says:

      Thank you for sharing your opinion, Sergius!

  • Zhangir says:

    Great topic, great hosts, and as always great and cozy atmoshphere! As I’ve been using this app for a while, I feel like I belong here and there is my motivation being hidden and I need to hunt for it:) Whenever I have my spare time, I try to just turn on my earphones and enjoy your podcasts and laugh along with you. On my behalf, as a non-native speaker, I’m saying this to all of you guys who are on the same journey as I am, don’t give up and keep going. Maybe there lies sth greater than what you are aiming for.

    • Agnieszka from RealLife English says:

      We so appreciate you being with us, Zhangir! Thank you! Keep learning!