A Slavic accent is beautiful, melodious and easy on the ear. It is a part of your positive identity, who you are. At times, Slavic speakers encounter difficulty not being understood the first time. When speaking, they may notice difficulty in maintaining the attention...
A Slavic accent is beautiful, melodious and easy on the ear. It is a part of your positive identity, who you are. At times, Slavic speakers encounter difficulty not being understood the first time. When speaking, they may notice difficulty in maintaining the attention of native speakers of English at school, work, and socially.
In the past, I experienced this first hand myself. I immigrated to the United States with no prior English speaking experience and it caused me distress. On the positive side, having had a noticeable foreign accent in the past allows me now, as a speech therapist specializing in Slavic accent reduction, to be more compassionate, understanding and effective professionally.
I teach Slavic speakers to confidently and clearly pronounce English with an American accent. Learning an American accent will not interfere with your Slavic accent. It empowers you to have the option of speaking with an American accent or Slavic accent when and where you choose. For those with a strong accent, that makes them difficult to understand, accent reduction is a valuable communication tool. It offers greater potential earnings, confidence, and other opportunities. For example, actors I have worked with told me there are speaking parts for actors with a Slavic accent, and there are roles for which this same strong accent disqualifies them. There is always more work available for actors with the flexibility of choosing what accent to speak with. Obviously, this applies to other occupations as well. You should also consider that rapid encroaching advancements in automation and artificial intelligence are a growing factor requiring people to have more career and job changes than they may have ever anticipated.
So why exactly does speaking English with a strong Slavic accent challenge native listeners?
Speaking a Slavic language creates natural differences between how you currently speak English and the standard American accent. Some of these differences may not significantly impact your ability to be understood by Americans, while others may make a great difference.