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An accent is a different mode of articulating a particular language. This can be found when one is associated with a particular state, locality or social class. An accent could be an emphasis that is given to a word or a syllable in a speech by stressing or by raising and lowering the pitch. It is the way an individual sounds when he or she speaks. There are two types of accents. One is a foreign accent. This type of accent happens when the speaker pronounces a language using the rules of another accent. For instance, when an individual has trouble when pronouncing some of the words of another language that they are learning, the words could substitute to a similar sound that occurs in the mother tongue. The pronunciations will sound odd to the people who own that language or the accent.
The other type of accent reduction is the way a particular group of people communicates their native language. This is distinguished by the place that they live and the social group that they belong. The people who live together and has close contact grow to have a similar way of speaking or they only share the same accent. The accent will be different from the way other people communicate.
For a foreigner to adopt the accent of others in a foreign country, he or she has to leave his or her past accent and take the new accent. He or she could also receive the necessary training that will allow him or her to speak to other people. You could hire a teacher to help you out. Another choice is to learn online through tutorials and eventually you will get rid of your accent and finally adopt the accent that you want.
There are several ways that you can know that you have an accent modification. In a case of public speaking, you can know you have one if people ask you to repeat yourself. They can also nod in agreement if they understand what you are saying and if whatever you are saying is right. An accent can only be reduced and in very few cases can it be eliminated.
Some of the ways of reducing your accent are by working with an ESL tutor. This tutor will help you identify the specific problems that you have. They will also rectify any difference in pronunciation. The ESL will also provide classes where you can learn.
You can also listen and learn the accent that you want to imitate. You can record and determine from the record the way to pronounce the preferred words.