Stress And Accent

Linguists and dictionaries have not yet agreed upon exact pronunciations in either standard British English or standard American English, but they usually agree on placement of stress. So match your use of stress to that of some native speaker of English and you have relatively little to worry about.

If you have the stress right, you should not waste your time by worrying about whether or not you have some kind of accent. Everyone has an accent. Even a person born and raised within an English-speaking country has some form of regional accent.

Perhaps as English simplifies and becomes even more international, a universally accepted set of pronunciations will develop, but that hasn't happened yet. And don't hold your breath waiting for it.

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