Accents are usually present with non-native speakers, and often present no barrier to communicating.However, they can sometimes make it difficult to be understood by others.

It can be frustrating for someone with a thick accent to be misunderstood when speaking, even though they have a full grasp of the language as a whole. This can be especially challenging when your business depends on your ability to represent the company by communicating clearly with clients and partners of different nationalities, or when taking classes abroad.

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Reducing your accent when it’s too strong for your liking is a great way to go from simply knowing a language to truly mastering a language, and being able to speak fluently and clearly. With some simple attention to pronunciation through classes, immersion, and practice, accents can be managed or even eliminated, depending on your need.