PG's problem understanding founders with accents, if he indeed has one, is causing waves on the Internets.
From personal experience, decoding spoken accents may be a skill in itself, a separate process in the brain. At 17 I was one of 250 kids from dozens of countries that toured the US for six weeks and remember how understanding each other was not just a question of English, we all spoke it fluently having just spent a year at US highschools or colleges, but also of being able to get past each other's accents. Easy for some, impossible for others, sometimes influenced by how tired people where.
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