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I read somedays ago an article written for a Canadian/Venezuelan Sir, it was about society in general.

However, he also made some references to US society and the relation of its people with foreigners. Basically, wrote the most of the US/Canadian nationals dislike much when some outsider speaks English with a thick accent/ not in the proper way, said it is the opposite effect when a native of English tries to talk Spanish which most people here believe that thick English accent sounds nice.

He went on making clear that this is little detail is more than enough to be rejected from a job oppotunity, even though one may have perfectly capacited, ect.

So, is this true?
I had never considered it to be a problem, but if it is I need to know to get started and smooth my accent a bit (?)

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>Basically, wrote the most of the US/Canadian nationals dislike much when some outsider speaks English with a thick accent/ not in the proper way
Depends on the accent.  A heavy British accent or Australian accent is liked by many Americans.





Hard to understand accents are disliked.
It's a bit regional, but you get the same with someone who grew up in the deep south, going to say New York.
They're going to be treated differently, and frankly, assumed to be less intelligent.


As I understand it, isn't Hispanic a race, not a dialect?


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Checking Wikipedia, I see:
>The term Hispanic (Spanish: hispano or hispánico) refers to persons, cultures, or countries originally related to Spain, the Spanish language and culture, or to Spanish America.
So, I would understand the term "Hispanic accent" to refer to an accent typical of someone whose native tongue is Spanish.

An accent that is difficult to understand will definitely be a problem.  However, I don't think this is a problem for most native Spanish speakers (unlike native French speakers).

It is true that many Americans associate a Hispanic accent with lower-class jobs, especially for people with darker-colored skin, and this unfortunately might lead to subconscious prejudice.  If you're applying for a STEM job, where qualifications can be evaluated fairly objectively, this would probably be less of an issue than for jobs where the evaluation process is more subjective.


It seems rather unfortunate but clear-cut that anybody with an accent that makes their words hard to understand will have trouble, particularly when they encounter short-tempered individuals assuming the worst in conversations. I agree. Not sure what advice to give, alas.


well, I better start working on my accent then.


In my profession accents are not a major barrier because most communication occurs in documents, or person-to-person communication is discouraged.  It probably depends on what you're doing.

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