I came to US at the age of 16, so I was never able to get rid of my accents (which some people call cute) and I have not been successful at learning to pronounce certain English letters, which are tough for all russians, "th" and "r" (russians roll their hard r). And, as luck would have it, my last name starts with R! Before I learned to write down Mrs. R and point to it, in 80% cases no one understood me when I said, "Hi! My name is Mrs. R" There are also certain vowel combinations which are tough for me, howe3ver, I haven't yet identified them Hence, in many classrooms that I go (I sub at about 5 school districts rarely go to the same classes) many kids have questions about my speech as soon as I say a few words. The usual questions are: do you speak spanish? are you from England? do you speak french? I usually don't tell kids anything in the beginning, I know it's distracting, first of all, and second of all, I like to see what their level of awareness is. If they don't question me at all, I don't say anything. If they ask one of those questions and I say no, and they don't ask anything after that, great, let's move on. However, there are certain classes that are more curious and keep asking, then I may explain that I speak russian, I'm from ex Soviet union. O, I have a funny story. I was in K for one day this week. It was a typical "white" school, kids I would say are not used to different accents. I was reading books in a small group lesson where I had 1 persistant kid try to straigten out my pronounciation of the name Addie I: what's your name? girl: Addie I: great, Addie, what do you think... persistant guy inerrupting: It's not Addie, it's Addie I tried to move on 2-3 times but he kept interrupting me and correcting my pronounciation. I got distracted at first and WAS trying to repeat after him, but he was a strict teacher and didn't like my way of pronouncing What would you say is a good phrase to use next time when I stumble on such a persistant kid?