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Old 03-10-2010, 10:28 AM
even sven even sven is offline
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After living around people with another accent, does your own accent begin to sound unfamiliar?

I've been living abroad for four years. During these four years, most of the English speakers I know are British or Australian. I've noticed that I've begun to use quite a few British words in my speech.

But when I hear an American, it still feels just like home. The moment they open their mouths, neurons fire in my brain saying "these people talk right!" American accents remain my baseline for "normal" and I do not perceive Americans as having an accent.

But if I stayed away long enough, would I? Would I eventually start noticing Americans talk with a broad American accent? Would I become aware of my own accent?