Yeah, Chainsmoker. You’ve got a pretty heavy southern US drawl going on there yourself , my man!
I think the point he (CS)was trying to make was that Mandarin is spoken differently all over. If you went to China, you’d probably learn the Beijing accent which is the standard one, right?
People have told me here that my Mandarin has a Taiwanese accent and that doesn’t bother me in the least, because I learned it here!
I have Taiwanese friends with English accents and some with North American ones. It depends on where they learned it and whom they learned it from.
I do not, however, know a single Taiwanese with an Aussie, Kiwi, Irish, South African or Scottish accent…and there are plenty of these nationals teaching English here in Taiwan.
I think the point is that in learning (and teaching) a language one may strive to adapt a standard accent which would enable smoother communication given various situations.
And by the way, I wouldn’t say that the US deep southern accent is unpleasant or difficult to understand, and is itself standardised depending on education. Think Clinton. In fact, there have been more US southern gentleman presidents elected in recent years than ones with nasally northern accents. What’s that?
Back to subject at hand:
Teaching adults is probably easier when you’re older as you gain respect from your students for having some maturity and experience, while teaching kids may be easier when you’re younger because you have more energy to bound around and act like a big kid in class.