Originally Posted by globetrotter
my wife, columbian born and educated at a british private acadamy, took a number of lessons from a speech therapist a few years ago, when she was teaching in university, to get rid of her accent. even though she has been living in the US for only 3 years, nobody ever guesses that she isn't american born, she has no accent.
I would suggest that you find a speech therapist in london.
I think there's always something that gives you away (Fabienne assumes sleuth demeanor). Maybe once or twice a year, someone will ask where I'm from (without seeing my first name). I have a fairly neutral American accent, but then I might pronounce some words with more of a British twist, and some of the 'r's cause me trouble, and I get lazy, at times, with my 'th's. The inconsistency is what gives me away, I believe, if we're only talking accents. There are many other cues by which a non-native may be identified. It's always a fun game to play, isn't it Globetrotter.
On Thursday morning, I'm doing a voice-over. I was chosen for the job because my accent, though American, has "something" about it (these are the words of the producer). This isn't my profession, I do it for fun, I get recommended by word of mouth.