I am constantly scrounging YouTube for videos of people speaking European Portuguese. And today I stumbled across this video from Larissa Teófilo; she’s Brazilian and has a Portuguese boyfriend, and she tries here to speak with his accent (skip to 7:11):
You can see him correct her frequently, and yet she’s a native speaker of Portuguese. Sim, o português dela é o português do Brasil. But still!
For me this was a fantastic reminder that I can’t expect to sound like a native speaker. I have more important things to worry about right now. Basic vocabulary. Basic grammar.
Do yourself a favor and stop sweating the small stuff like your accent, especially if it’s preventing you from getting out there and speaking – you know, using the language.