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Why Do We Have Accent?

Traveling abroad we become more conscious about different accents. But why do they exist? You can read it in my other blog, which is related to language learning.

Learning Languages with Elena

A very distinctive part of non-native speakers’ speech is accent. You probably heard a foreign person speaking your native language and struggling to pronounce some sounds correctly. The same occurs to us when we speak a foreign language.

Accent is something that distinguishes native-speakers from non-native. But why do we have an accent? We are born with the ability to pronounce any sound; however, our mother tongue ‘filters off’ the sounds which it doesn’t contain. This means that after 6 years old, our ability to learn other sounds (ones which are absent from the own language) is declining. Thus, we end up having accent in a foreign language in adulthood.

The accent is shaped by the peciliarities of the mother tongue, and the level of accent varies depending on the language we learn. What does this mean? Here is example: I am Russian, and I noticeably will have accent speaking…

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The ‘Horror’ of Cultural Diversity – Greetings

Europe is a diverse place with a number of languages and cultures. Despite knowing and understanding the differences, we still have some confusion in communication. One of the aspects I want to discuss is greeting people from other countries. The reason is that greetings caused many awkward moments equally for me and my conversation partners.… Continue reading The ‘Horror’ of Cultural Diversity – Greetings

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Conclusions on Malta

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Why I did not Make Posts

Hello everyone! I haven't made any posts recently. It feels like I gave up one of my hobbies - blogging. The first justification is time. However, I never had any extra time before either... There is another reason. I mentioned that I switched a career path a year ago, and it triggered a number of… Continue reading Why I did not Make Posts

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Cultural Shock on Malta. First Impressions

Already last year, I planned to visit Malta, I saw the pictures of yellowish towns, blue sea, and sunny scapes. For some reason, I was sure this is the place I will like a lot. However, the terrible injury cancelled my plan... I was sad, I was frustrated at that point; however, my dreams always… Continue reading Cultural Shock on Malta. First Impressions

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 Why Do I Love Portuguese People?

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