• Accents are easier on the brain if you can identify them

    3 monthes ago - By The Verge

    I was born and raised in Rome, so Italian is my native language. Now I live in the US, and I'm basically bilingual. Yet, when I hear other people speak English with an accent, sometimes I have a hard time understanding what they're saying. In movies with a character who's a non-native English speaker - or even has an accent I'm unused to, like an Irish one - I sometimes struggle; if I don't turn on the subtitles, I'll miss half of what they're saying. But when I hear a fellow Italian speak English, even with a thick accent, I have no problems at all. I understand everything.
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