Submit your own Neatorama post and vote for others' posts to earn NeatoPoints that you can redeem for T-shirts, hoodies and more over at the NeatoShop!

What Causes a Foreign Accent?

Languages are different, and use sounds that are different from each other. But people who learn a new language often retain an accent from their original language. How does that happen? Folks tend to retain bits and pieces of their original language when operating in a new one. This happens at such an elemental level that we don't even realize it. You don't see it in people who learned two or more languages in their early childhood, because they are both his "native language."    

(YouTube link)

Linguist Arika Okrent gives us examples that illustrate this concept, while an artist shows us what's happening on a whiteboard.  -via Mental Floss

Login to comment.

Email This Post to a Friend
"What Causes a Foreign Accent?"

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.


Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
Learn More