Accent: a distinctive way of pronouncing a language, especially one associated with a particular country, area, or social class.
Accent has always been important in Britain to distinguish the speaker's social class and regional affiliation. Strangely we monolingual British, while we comprehend for example how different the Geordie [Newcastle area] accent is from the Cockney or Welsh, don't take into consideration very often that other nations will have regional accents in languages we don't understand.
I do remember a friend saying that they could not understand his Brazilian Portuguese when he was on holiday in Portugal, and also when reading Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri there is constant reference to Venetian and Sicilian dialects.
But when it comes to Scandinavian accents, who knew....?
Lina had a quick temper, and when she started yelling in a strong Danish accent, he had a hard time understanding what she meant.
And later in the book that I am reading at the moment.
"You speak Gotland Swedish, but you sound like a Dane,"she said with a smile.
"I'm married to a Dane, so I guess some of it has rubbed off."