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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?
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> 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.