Accents and what to do with them
Interesting article on BBC about languages, accents and human ability to hear the difference:
Fascinating! Explains why I can hear languages so much more easily after nearly five years of listening to them constantly. Actually everything seems louder. I suppose that is because I actually hear more because I no longer filteer oht certain wavelengths.
It may be affecting my accent too. People keep asking me where I am from. I no longer sound so standardly British. I was asked if I was Australian the other day! And then if I am Scottish. I would love to know how my accent in various other languages sounds.
I always wonder if there is a connection between the strength of someone's accent and their musical abilities. I'm not very musical and although I started learning English from native speakers when I was three and had a lot of exposure to it as a child, I still have an accent (not so bad that I can't be understood, but still). I've encountered people who started learning languages much later than that who barely have an accent.
Also, I think the "everyone in a company has to speak English" policy mentioned in the article is horrible. Sure, it's good if people can speak it, but if someone isn't in a position where they have to speak to English speaking customers or really need it for other reasons, it shouldn't be a requirement.
The discrimination of regional dialects is also going to continue making language less diverse.
Fascinating, brilliant and very useful information.. Thank you so much for sharing this! Gracias , Sasha, siempre compartes cosas muy interesantes y utiles para nosotros..