On 26 March 2014 15:50, C. Brickner <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Leonardo Castro" <[log in to unmask]> > To: [log in to unmask] > Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:28:43 AM > Subject: OT: How should a foreigner speak? > > What do you find less annoying: a foreigner that speaks very slowly while > trying to pronounce phonemes carefully, or another that speaks in normal > velocity while mispronouncing a lot of words? > _____________________________________________________ > > I assume this refers to a foreigner speaking English to me. That would > depend on just how garbled his mispronunciations were. > Actually, I would prefer that he speak slowly and MISpronounce the words. > I find beauty in accents that are not my own. And I'm always analyzing > his speech, trying to figure what the phonemes are in his L1 that make him > mispronounce them in mine. > If this foreigner is speaking his own L1 to me and I am not fluent in his > L1, I'd prefer he speak slowly so I can understand the words. > Yes, as long as it's not so mispronounced as to be incomprehensible (which is what I was getting at above), it is often nice to hear English (or other languages) in non-native accents. Jeff.