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|Subject:||Not picking up accent of new language|
What are the reasons why some people never pick up the accent when they learn a new language and speak it for many years?
I know well-educated people from non-English-speaking countries who have lived in the US for 4+ decades, and who speak fluent English constantly every day.
They rarely speak their first language, yet they retain an accent so thick they can be difficult to understand.
Is there a kind of tone-deafness to accents?