About this site

Hi, my name is Alexandre Smirnov.  I can speak 12 languages (at different levels) with a native or near-native accent.

My true passion is achieving a perfect, native-like accent in every language that I learn.  I have been mistaken for a native speaker of nearly every one of the languages in the below list, and this blog is a space where I detail the techniques and learnings that I apply to achieve this goal.

I hope you enjoy the content on this blog.  If you have any comments or suggestions, I would love to hear from you!

Please note that I don't want to gate-keep language learning by shutting out folks who don't care about pronunciation, or who retain strong foreign language accents.  There's nothing wrong with accents - they show who we are and where we're from, and if anything, should be a mark of pride (just being able to speak a foreign language is already a huge achievement).  I just personally enjoy honing my accent to perfection, and pass no judgement on whether others choose to do the same.

My languages


  • English
  • Russian

Highly Proficient (B2+)

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Japanese

Intermediate (B1)

  • German
  • Swedish
  • Chinese
  • Korean

Basic (A2)

  • Hebrew
  • Greek
  • Czech

Passive or literary understanding

  • Danish
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese
  • Italian

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