The accent is unbeatable: how Americans accurately define Russians during a conversation
“Americans almost always accurately identify a Russian person by talking to him for a short period of time. And even our compatriots who know English very well, as a rule, quickly “reveal” themselves in certain words, ”the author writes Made in USA Blog on Yandex Zen.
Next - from the first person.
Why is it impossible to learn to speak like native speakers
Many Russians spend enormous effort to get rid of the accent, but it turns out they have it bad enough. The fact is that this important element of our speech is formed on average at about six years old. By this moment, we are already good at speaking our own language and are its native speakers.
Moreover, only those who are called bilinguals can also learn to speak good some other language well. From childhood, they are brought up in families with two languages, which often happens in international marriages. This allows them to be fluent in both languages and to be their speakers.
The accent is almost impossible to remove
Under the Russian language, a person develops a vocal apparatus with age - the muscles of the jaw develop properly. And it is quite natural that when speaking in English, this cannot be removed.
Of course, you can engage with a tutor in order to speak much cleaner, but still it will slip something like that that will immediately give you a foreigner.
As they say american russian
First of all, the Americans "scorch" us by the fact that we mainly use the British version of English, since we learn it almost everywhere. And even having excellent command of the British version, we may not corny understand what the American tells us.
In turn, the Americans themselves are well aware of our hard emphasis when we place great emphasis on consonants. We simply can’t speak so softly and so wide open our mouths as the Americans themselves. Well, if we study, we still say Chicago instead of Chicago, or San Francisco, although in the American language there is no letter “C”.
Why is it not scary
The thing is that Americans constantly hear some English different from their pronunciation variant, because people in the USA come from all over the world. So the Russians, and anyone else, will not experience any unpleasant moments associated with the language. Therefore, it’s definitely not worth trying to defeat the accent by all means in order to speak exactly like the Americans.
On the other hand, if in Russia we see the same American who speaks Russian more or less tolerably, then this person will immediately become a local celebrity. In the USA, no one will somehow set you apart for knowing their language, since here it is considered commonplace.
stdClass Object ([term_id] => 13337 [name] => Our people [taxonomy] => category [slug] => nashi-ludi)Our people
stdClass Object ([term_id] => 14161 [name] => American [taxonomy] => post_tag [slug] => amerikanets)American
stdClass Object ([term_id] => 17301 [name] => accent [taxonomy] => post_tag [slug] => akcent)accent
stdClass Object ([term_id] => 19199 [name] => Russian [taxonomy] => post_tag [slug] => russkij)Russian
stdClass Object ([term_id] => 28347 [name] => Special projects [taxonomy] => category [slug] => specproekty)Special Projects
stdClass Object ([term_id] => 28488 [name] => English [taxonomy] => special [slug] => anglijskij-yazyk)
Read also on ForumDaily:
Let's face the crisis together and support each other
No one in the world expected a coronavirus pandemic, but she came in disrupting the usual rhythm of life and work of billions of people, causing panic and uncertainty about tomorrow.
ForumDaily also faced financial difficulties due to the loss of some advertisers due to the economic downturn and quarantine. But we are not reducing the number of materials and the mode of operation, since we want our readers to receive timely and up-to-date information in this difficult time. In addition, we support Local small businesses in the USA that suffer the most.
But ForumDaily is also a small business. Despite the loss of part of the income, we are doing our best to ensure that you are informed and armed with all the necessary knowledge to counter the pandemic and resolve other important issues during quarantine.
To maintain this rhythm of work, we need your help. We will be grateful for any amount that you are willing to allot to support our team.
Let's face the crisis together!
Security of contributions is guaranteed by the use of the highly secure Stripe system.
Always yours, ForumDaily!
Do you want more important and interesting news about life in the USA and immigration to America? Subscribe to our page in Facebook. Choose the option "Priority in the show" - and read us first. And don't forget to subscribe to ForumDaily Woman and ForumDaily New York - there you will find a lot of interesting and positive information.