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Why do people have accents?American English has complex sounds. Many letters have more than one sound. Some letters even have five sounds. Stress also changes the way we speak. Most English classes simplify American English pronunciation. Other reasons why people have accents are:
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learners study pronunciation?
Of course! It is unfortunate that many English as a Second Language classes do not stress pronunciation enough. The sooner you learn pronunciation rules, the better.
To study based on your language background, go to Learn by Language. This new section gives you a free online English pronunciation course based on the needs/differences of your native language.