I studied French in middle school, high school, and a semester of college. Somewhere along the way, I noticed my accent sounded different from those of my classmates.
Instead of sounding like an American speaking French, I sounded like a Chinese speaker. I had a Cantonese French accent.
Last week in Spanish class, we took turns reading a conversation. I properly “j”ed my “ll”s (I’ve decided to go west with my Spanish) and rolled my “rr”s, but I realized upon finishing one of my lines that something was off.
Aside from my work in progress “o”s and “e”s I didn’t sound much like my classmates, but I didn’t sound like my instructor either.
I sounded like a Chinese speaker. I had a Cantonese Spanish accent.
It’s not always there, but when it shows up it sounds really, really odd.