Should I acquire American accent?
Does it make me sound more professional or even cool?
Is Indian accent good enough?
Raising such questions and more in this article here: Does American accent make you sound impressive?

From India, Delhi

A piece of advice which I would like to give to anyone who is faking an accent while communicating in English.

I happen to meet so many people who would use a typical accent while communicating. I read about this article - where it was mentioned that particularly Indians have different accent while speaking because of the regional diversification. More so, we have so many different languages and each has its own accent.

I have heard many initiators speaking English in their native accent, which was completely okay until they were confidently speaking it. But the problem arises when they try to fake the American accent while speaking. They think that they're too good in doing so. People would appreciate them and perhaps be their fans.

What I observed in this group of fake American accent speakers of English -

(1) Inspite of they trying very hard to fake out American accent, the native accent cant be hidden it would be revealed somewhere or the other or in their pronunciation.

(2) If we would scrutinise their language, they would have ample of errors. Thank God they're just showing off by speaking, as if they dare write it down, I am sure their English teachers would be pretty much annoyed on their efforts been wasted completely,

(3) Basic mistakes - they would say their for there and vice versa and like. Or they do not know how to pronounce the words. I wonder if they are to write what would they do.

I have always felt rather than focusing on the accent with which we speak, why not focus on making our vocab and language strong enough that irrespective of what accent we use, people get mesmerized in our talks?

It is obviously not the accent that impresses people. it is the knowledge that one has and how one utilizes it.

(A note to whoever reads my post: My critique might be a little harsh and is not sugar coated. However it is only a critique so that people can know where to focus. No intention to hurt anyone's sentiment. If I did so, it was completely unintentional and I apologize for it.)

From India, Mumbai
Very well articulated - and I think this needs to be conveyed in a "spade is a spade" manner.
It requires prolonged cultural immersion or intensive training to acquire a reasonably decent accent and it doesn't improve your communication skills on its own. On the flip side, a half baked accent looks funny and Mungeri Lal-ish - so its best avoided.
Smartest strategy seems to be to forget about it if its not a genuine professional need and if it is, then ensure great training or living there for at least 6-8 months.

From India, Delhi
Ann Cook... an American Accent Trainer says that accents are not good or bad. They are just different. I have worked in the BPO industry as an associate and a trainer and I always focused on how to acquire an accent and not 'put on' an accent.

Yes, focusing on the richness of the language is very important but at the same time it is important that one focuses on the clarity of the speech as well. No one can deny that in the Global Business world today accent does matter. I am not saying that Indian Accent is bad. What I want to say is that we can focus on how we articulate our sounds, pronunciation and intonation in case our audience is global or we are referring to audience who are more attuned to a global accent.

Faking an accent has never helped anyone, but we can all acquire an accent that is more global... an accent where the mother tongue is not a hindrance to the listener...

And yes, there have been times where people have appreciated me for my accent.. but that is not the only thing one can focus on. Communication has many aspects to it and accent is just one of them.

From India, Delhi
Dear Atul,
Very nicely suggested n I a really convincing .
Adding to my lines I want to know some diffrence among American, British or any other accent & which one is best to use & more impressive.
Parul sharma

From India, Delhi
Excellent topic ! Here's a technique , learnt during our language training program , "Your mouth is a factory and the way you speak is the product".
Accents are important when communicating with people from the lands, that accent belongs to. It makes them easier to understand what we speak.
Speed and jaw drops , remain relevant to the group of people we are talking to and location.

From India, Mumbai
Please speak impressive English with your own accent.Please wear your natural stripes. Orators like Swami Vivekananda spoke so eloquently in English as to make the western audience sit glued to their chairs,listening to him with rapt attention but he never adopted American accent. He looked Indian every inch in dress, dialogue and disposition. Mera Bharat Mahan.

From India, Mumbai
Interesting discussion, but I think patriotism argument would not hold.

I mean, even if we speak English in a 100% pure Indian accent out of our love for our country, it is a foreign language we are speaking. Why stop at dress, dialogue, disposition and accent being Indian but leave the language out of the patriotism argument?

When we are speaking English, our job is to communicate our ideas as well as we can. I think someone who can express his ideas very well will bring more glory to India even if speaking in an American accent than someone who speaks Indian accent because of his patriotism while others find it difficult to understand.

My 2 cents is that if your primary audience is such that they would understand better with accent, you should work at acquiring one. It takes hard work and intensive training, is tough and there is this added risk of sounding like a fool when you are in the process.

Getting an accent is not a trivial job, takes a lot of time and effort and doesn't add anything to the way you understand or articulate - so avoid if its not needed.

A professional reason would always be better than an emotional reason based on patriotism.

My humble opinion :)

From India, Ghaziabad
A very nice and indeed a different perspective presented by you.
I do agree that while we are communicating in a foreign language, 100% justice would be done if we use the accent as well while speaking.
As you said, it takes lot of time and effort as well as practice to acquire an accent while speaking.
But it does look funny while speaking a language with a fake accent (you have not acquired one but are trying to use one. Many people try to imitate the accent from people who have accent. Little do they realize that it sounds complete fake and funny.)
Ideas need to be explained, words ought to be chosen, accent would just make it look more graceful, only if you've acquired one.
Thanks a lot for bringing in a new percption.

From India, Mumbai
Accent (in speech) in general is varied and specific to the natives. In the UK as many accents as Scottish (Scotland), Welsh (Wales), Irish (Ireland), English (England) etc. In the USA there would be many more. How many should we acquire, I wonder!
To quote an anecdote, in a Scotland Hospital the Nurse asked the visitor, "Did you come here to die?" the DIE is her accent for DAY (today was pronounced as to die). The visitor had no option but to run away.
Watch BBC news readers or Prez Obama speaking to the Nation. Accent is almost absent in both the cases; even if some exists, it is minimal. Everyone understands it. So, it is the pronunciation that matters; correct pronunciation that is not influenced by the mother tongue. The other nuiances of any language are syntax and semantics to sound 'native'; all part of linguistics.
Let us remember that pronunciation (and spelling) in the US English and the UK English are different for the same word.

From United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi

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