I’ve recently started using twitter more often. I never really was hooked on it but there’s something about joining random conversations or having a pulse on the current state of culture that is interesting. Whenever I’m looking for accent-related interest, there always tend to be snippets of Korean pop stars speaking English.
Now, there are definite differences in the pronunciation of words from a native English speaker, but the interesting thing is that the pronunciation is not criticized or ridiculed. Many times it’s considered cute or adorable, especially with Korean pop stars.
Growing up, I felt that the typical reaction to a non-native English accent was critical and negative – even from the perspective of a native English speaker – so it is amazing and refreshing to see people recognize nonnative pronunciation differences and accept those differences as cute, inspiring and positively!
I’m going to be trying to use twitter more often so if I find more news or app-related information that may be education, motivational or inspiring, I’ll be sure to let you know too!