Multiple Modes of Accent Modification Even though a second language learner (L2) may acquire excellent grammatical and reading/writing skills in the new language, most academic researchers agree that total elimination of a foreign accent is nearly impossible. Still those who strongly feel the need to reduce their accents seek hope and help. A strong accent can limit a non native English speaker’s confidence and chances of employment. Accent Services USA, offers this pitch for their computer program: "Most accents are charming, interesting and distinctive. Some accents, unfortunately, are distracting, irritating … penalizing ....and…a source of… embarrassment" (Newman). An internet search finds huge numbers of methods that promise to...The end:
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