On his blog about life at Berkeley College in New York, blogger Jose Navarro debates whether having an accent is a positive or a negative for international students in the US.
He writes of his English language skills:
Now, it’s not that I have a problem with the language, but I do (as most of the people from Spain) have an accent.
In New York it’s not uncommon to hear many different accents from all across the world, but Jose writes that his accent still gets noticed.
I know no one would do it on purpose, but after having done your work, prepared whatever you wanted to say, gather the courage to stand in front of people to speak and hear someone ask “oh, so you’re from Barcelona? you have an accent” is not so pleasant.