At work yesterday, I was in a meeting with a guy from Mexico and some other people. This american guy, who speaks Spanish, asked the Mexican how come his English was better than this other guy's. Ok, wait, first of all, it was not meant in a mean way. The guy he was referring to on the conversation is his protege and also, I don't think he meant the English, he meant his accent! That's an assumption because I don't know this "protege" guy.
Let's back up on this story just a little: During this meeting, the Mexican guy and the "protege", had gone to school together back in Mexico. Their families moved to Arizona, they ended up living in the same city. I guess they've lost contact and now are working in the same company, how funny is that? So, this is it, that was the conversation...
So, my question is...
... how come the 2 people that moved to the US around the same time speak with such different accents?
It's simple, some people lose their accent very fast and some don't. I remember when Madonna lived in England and she lost her accent very fast, then everyone made fun of her. I still don't get why, I seriously don't believe she was putting it on, she just lost her American accent.
After over 19yrs I still have an accent. I have absolutely no problems with my accent. I have a problem with someone who tells me I don't speak English, oh yes, I have major issues with that. Having an accent doesn't mean not speaking the language!!!
If you have an accent, embrace it!
Let it be. It's not the end of the world. As long as you can communicate, than tough! Don't let your accent define what you can or cannot do.