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I think one of the most important elements is accent.

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I'm a Finn and I will never achieve native speaker proficiency, but it doesn't bother me. Of course I try to use the right grammar and idioms in almost every situation. However, when I speak English I feel like I'm in a box with little room to move. This is due to the rigid structure of English, which gives the speaker very little room to manoeuvre.

Therefore, I occasionally feel compelled to say something that a native speaker might consider totally unidiomatic and/or unnatural. In my native Finnish most people would not bat an eye. For example: Good night and pleasant dreams in Technicolor—on a wide screen.


Hi there! I can completely agree with you about the 'foreigner mistakes', but also non-native speakers may use not so many of synonyms in their language, for example..

Non natives use the wrong verb forms. Like I am wanting to be going to the bathroom.

And I am liking your shirt.

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First of all, a non-native speaker has an accent. For example, Russian people speaking in English make the “r” sound rough and so unusual for Americans. Besides, their grammar and spelling aren’t perfect. They can easily make mistakes and don’t even notice it. There can be issues with sentence structure: for non-native English speakers, some of the English grammar rules seem absolutely strange and improper in their native languages. Besides, when it comes to idioms, it’s a real challenge for foreigners. Something “cost an arm and a leg”? A non-native speaker can be totally confused trying to understand this phrase.

Let's give me some idea about how I know that writing is from a native speaker?
I am hiring the native writer for my project. Sometimes I confused to identify a native. The main reason for that, I am not a native speaker.


Non natives use the wrong verb forms. Like I am wanting to be going to the bathroom.

And I am liking your shirt.

Yes, many Asian speakers do that, especially Indians.

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Well, first of all, you can recognize that a person is not a native speaker by his/her pronunciation. If someone's English has a certain accent (apart from the accents of English-speaking countries), then this person is very likely to be a foreigner. Also, if the speaker has poor English skills, it's clear that he/she isn't a native speaker, too. Native speakers tend to talk quickly and they don't need time to think about how to build a sentence and express their thoughts, they simply speak fluently.