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Stephanie Schottel

Stephanie Schottel, M.A. is the owner of Cup of Tea Language Coaching, a Houston-based business that specializes in one-on-one ESL coaching that empowers English learners to express themselves fully and confidently in their communities and workplaces. When she is not teaching English, you will likely find her doing art projects with her daughter, on a jog, or looking up new German vocabulary words in her old paperback German dictionary that is literally falling apart.

How to Sound Like an American When You’re Not – How Two ESL Learners Achieved Their American Accent

I have two friends (okay, maybe more than two but for the purposes of this article…).

One is from Jordan and one is from Germany.

They came to America as adults, and they have virtually no accent.

Yes, linguists will argue that everyone has an accent. What I’m saying here is that the way they speak—their word choice, syntax, intonation, and pronunciation—is a dead ringer for my born-and-bred American friends.

Not to mention both of them have an uncanny knowledge of American pop culture, which definitely helps their cause, but in any case…


Do you feel the same way?