In the last year, I’ve actually been making a concerted effort to stop my accent become a generic easy-to-understand-American-type thing.
It all began almost 18 years ago, when I left home and went to university in Scotland. Not even the Scottish could understand my N.Irish accent, so you can imagine how strong/fast it must have been. So I started slowing it down and changing how I pronounced certain words and vowel sounds.
Went to Spain in 1996 for 5 years and flattened the accent even more, so that my students could understand it, and found myself working with or socialising with quite a few Americans and Canadians, so the accent tended to go that way.
Now I’ve been in Taiwan for almost 2.5 years, and it’s just getting embarrassing.
Luckily, when my family phones me, the N.Irish accent comes back in a flash, but I find it very hard to use this accent with anyone outside of the British Isles.
Am I the only one???