How to Stop Being Insecure About Your Accent

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Everyone has a different voice. However you may be insecure about yours. I am one of those people who used to be insecure about my accent. The way you talk is a part of you, and you can learn to be proud of it!

Realize If You Need to See a Speech Therapist

  1. Recognize if the way you talk can be improved. See if your voice has any of these factors:
    • Stuttering. It's not shameful to stutter, and it can be fixed by seeing a speech therapist.
    • Mumbling. Talking too quietly can also be adjusted with practice.
    • Garbling words. Talking too fast and running your words together is another example of something that can easily be improved.
  2. Realize that seeing a speech therapist is nothing to be ashamed of. Plenty of people do it, and it will help you. Just be sure you really want and/or need help with your voice. Don't see a speech therapist if you feel you don't need to. If someone teases you about your accent and you just come by it naturally, you don't have to see a speech therapist. Only see one if you really want to and feel that you can improve.
  3. Find a good speech therapist. You can ask friends, family, a doctor or nurse to recommend one to you. Make an appointment with your speech therapist. You can ask a trusted friend or family member to come with you if you need.
  4. Talk to your speech therapist. Relax and stay calm. Ask her/him some questions about himself. Get to work with her/him. Be proud of yourself that you're making an effort to improve!
    • Becoming friends with your speech therapist can help your appointments go more smoothly. Ask how she/he chose to become a speech therapist, what is their favorite book, etc. Just ask anything you want. Volunteer some information about yourself. Just don't go too personal because that can quickly turn awkward.

Accept and be Proud of Your Accent

  1. Learn more about where your accent comes from. For example, if your family is Australian and you have a heavy Australian accent, learn more about Australia and its culture. This will help you be proud of the history of your culture and your accent.
    • Go to the library and check out some books on the history of the country you come from.
    • Take a DNA test! These are very interesting and will help you find out where your accent comes from. Who knows? You could be able to boast that your accent is because you come from ancient China!
    • Learn your native language if you don't know it already. For instance, if your accent is from Spain, try learning Spanish.
    • Take classes about the history of your culture.
    • Learn how to do art from your culture. For example, if you're from the West, learn to make turquiose riding jewelry.
  2. Be proud of your culture. Learn about your culture's achievements and its influences on history. Every culture has something to offer and something to be proud of. For example, my father is from the country and his ancestors are Western, so I have a thick Western accent. I am proud to think that my accent comes from those wild, country, cowboy days where people learned to farm and survive in the wilderness. I had some brave ancestors who learned to defend themselves out in the wild!
  3. Talk to someone you trust about your insecurity. They will likely be able to suggest some ways you can be proud of your accent, even if nothing you read in this article helped.
  4. Shrug off rude jokes aimed at your accent. There are multiple ways you can do this.
    • Walk right by, either ignoring the person or giving them a condescending glance.
    • Say "Thank you!"
    • Say "I'm proud of my accent and where it came from, and you should be proud of yours, too."
    • Give them a fact or two about your culture. Don't boast. For example, just say "Oh, thank you! My accent comes from the Philippines. My ancenstors traveled to America by ship."
    • Smile at the person and hold out your hand for a shake. For example, say, "Hi, I'm Frances. Nice to meet you. I'm from South Africa."
  5. Don't let teasers know that you don't like what they said. This only eggs them on.If they really bother you, talk to someone you trust about it. Or try some of these methods:
    • Tell yourself you like yourself, including your accent.
    • Tell yourself you're proud of where your accent comes from and your culture.
    • Tel, yourself that your accent makes you unique and special. Seriously, you're a great person. Who would want to be like anyone else?
    • Do a fun activity with friends or listen to some upbeat music. You can do some dancing or practice a talent you have, too!

Warnings

  • If teasers turn into bullies and don't stop, you need to get help right away. Tell a trusted authority. If someone gets aggressive teasing you about your accent and you're starting to get negative thoughts and feelings about yourself, get help. It's not tattling. It's reporting behavior that is NOT okay.
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