Why having “an accent” is not a bad thing

One thing I’ve noticed virtually all language learners want to achieve, as soon as they can, is getting rid of their accent. That is, the specific phonetic features of their speech that are a dead giveaway of the speaker’s first language. And when it comes to native accents, most learners seem to have made their choice – whether their preference leans towards the old prestige, fancier British accent, or the modern, hollywood reminiscent and snappier American accent. Because, let’s be honest, nobody really thinks of beautiful New Zealand as their first choice (anyone?).