Can a learner of English living in a non-English-speaking country choose whether to speak with a specific accent? I am a native Spanish speaker and I have chosen to speak English with a phonetics closer to the Southern England's than to the American accent. When I was a child, I started learning English with an American accent, as most children do in Mexico. However, one day I listened to the speech of a woman, who spoke in the most beatiful South England accent you could ever imagine, and I told myself: "Since English is not my mother tongue anyway, why should I feel obliged to pronounce it the American way? Don't I have the right to choose to speak it with an Scotish, or Irish, or Australian accent for that matter?" How is it in your country? Supposing you have the skill to pronounce words in both the American and Southern English way (or Scottish, or Australian for that matter), and supposing you stay in the country where you live (and do not move to an English-speaking society) how do you make your mind on the way you pronounce words?