Where are you from?”
“Your accent is so cute!”
“HAHA, it’s so funny how you say T(Y)UUUUESDAY”
“Don’t change your accent it’s exotic” (what does that even MEAN?)
These are just a few of the things I used to hear when my accent was more noticeable.
And while I played along and pretended to laugh with them, I couldn’t help but feel uncomfortable.
Can you relate?
Has anyone ever commented on your accent or started discussing your nationality after hearing that you have an accent?
And how did that make you feel?
Even with the BEST INTENTIONS, pointing out someone’s accent CAN be inhibiting and discouraging.
Speaking English is so much more than using the right vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation.
It’s the subtle art of finding the courage to speak, the permission to make mistakes, the ability to embrace imperfection, to reconcile with a pale version of yourself and to persist through the challenges and hard work.
It’s also the splendor of communication, the joy of accomplishment and satisfaction of overcoming obstacles.
Whatever it is, it’s YOUR journey.
And it’s NOT OK for others to impose their opinions and assume things about you
without being asked.
And in this episode, I have a message for native speakers.
But really, it’s for you.
I want you to know that if someone makes you feel uncomfortable, you shouldn’t think less about yourself and your capabilities in English.
Simply say to yourself, my accent and my English is none of their business 🙂
Watch: DON’T ask me about my ACCENT and I won’t ask you about your WEIGHT
I’d absolutely love to know what you think. After the episode is over join the conversation in the comments below the video and share with me :
Has someone ever offended you or made you feel uncomfortable commenting on your accent? If so, how did you respond?
Do you think native speakers and nonnative speakers should be more sensitive to people’s accents and be less vocal about it?
Looking forward to the discussion,