Is it possible to pick up an accent?

Although research suggests that accents become permanent around the age of 12, it is still possible for accents to change over time or for adults to acquire a mild accent after spending a lot of time abroad.

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Is it weird to adopt an accent?

According to research by psychologists Chartrand and Bargh published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people subconsciously adopt mannerisms, behaviors, and accents to fit in with their surroundings.

Can a 12 year old pick up an accent?

If an American moved to Spain as a teenager or older, he or she would always speak Spanish with an American accent because, according to a video by AsapSCIENCE, its virtually impossible to pick up an accent after you turn 12.
How long does it take to lose an accent?
Most people report noticing a difference in their English pronunciation after 3–4 weeks of daily practice; however, different people require different amounts of time for effective accent reduction. After 6 months of practice, there is a significant improvement in speech clarity and accent reduction.

The good news is that reducing an accent and developing clear English pronunciation skills are very doable, but completely losing an accent as an adult is very difficult and requires a very high level of skills and commitment.
Can you develop a different accent?
According to research, if you begin learning a language later in life (after the age of seven or as an adult), you may become fluent but you wont be able to alter your accent. You will have a better chance of doing so in your native language, but even that will be challenging.

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