Lokes sent this to me and I think it best exemplifies what I try to explain to my American friends all the time, when they say “Wow, how come you don’t have an accent??”.

I do have an accent, as Ruby says. An American accent!

The truth is, many Malaysians and Singaporeans can ‘do’ what Ruby Pan here does (although not as smoothly, and imagine the Singlish as Manglish, with no ‘lors’ and a lot more ‘lahs’). We can dial our “English-ness” up or down according to what is required in any conversation, depending on the person(s) we’re talking to.

Amazing, isn’t it? It’s an innate ability, I tell you. Try it!