Learning with an Accent
Hello! I'm learning German and Russian at the same time. Both these and English are spoken regularly in my house, but Russian and English are what I hear/speak most often. I have so much trouble with pronouncing German with a German accent instead of a Russian accent. For example, I say 'danke' (thank you) like 'dankye.' I'm wondering if this is socially acceptable, or at least understandable, to native German speakers. And, if I cannot be understood or if speaking German with a Russian accent is unheard of, how can I improve my accent? Thank you! Спасибо! Danke! -Matthew
I think the hardest part of getting rid of an accent is being able to hear the difference. The rest is a matter of practice and should come fairly quickly once you are immersed into a proper environment. Since all three languages are spoken around you, I assume you have an ear for all their sounds. Just have your relatives stop and correct you when your own pronunciation is too far off.