People ask me all the time about which accent is the best one to learn. They’re worried that picking the wrong accent will make them sound stupid or uneducated. They’re worried that people will judge them for speaking in a weird way, or that they’ll build a habit that can’t be reversed as they learn more about the language.
But this is actually the wrong question.
Before you can settle on the best accent to learn, you need to take a step back and ask yourself what is your true end goal is for learning this language.
Once you answer that question, you can really only come to one conclusion, and that’s that you need to mimic the accent of the person you are talking to right then and there.