All English language learners encounter difficulties along the way. Each person may find some aspects of English pronunciation and rhythm more difficult to master than others. While each individual has different needs and requires different support, your native language determines many of your specific accent reduction goals. The features of your native language play a large role in the way you learn English (or any other foreign) language. English may have sounds that are completely new to you; or sounds that are similar to your native language, may differ very slightly. The way you use pitch and stress may indicate differences in meaning in your native language, but not in English. You may even find the opposite to be the case. For this reason, as a general rule, accent reduction goals for native speakers of the same language of the same language are often consistent.
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