English Accents & Pronunciation Problems in Hong Kong

For many, getting that accent right is a major goal of English language learning. "If only I could sound like Tony Blair!" or "I wish I sounded like The Queen!".

Language is a means of communicating information - whether it be the 1's and 0's of computer languages or the vowels and consonants of English. Communicating clearly means getting the sounds right, but not having an "Oxford English" accent doesn't mean that you cannot be a great communicator.

There are some British accents which even Britons find hard to understand. And yet again, every native English speaking country has its own national and regional accents. Australia and New Zealand sound similar to many, but just ask someone from these countries and they will say exactly the opposite!

My point is that to speak well you do not necessarily have to sound like The Queen.

And you don't have to spend years trying to modify your own accent, or even reduce it. If you are from Hong Kong you will still sound as if you don't come from the UK...and there is nothing wrong with this.

You do, however, need to be able to pronounce sounds correctly. A short, intensive course in spoken English and pronunciation can help you communicate more clearly and get your intended message across effectively.