If I was ever in any doubt about the continuing strength of my accent, I am reassured (?) every time a student repeats a word after me and I hear those kiwi vowel sounds coming through. So unfortunately, I do pronounce ‘pet’ as ‘pit’ and correcting myself is rather difficult. Should it be some form of ‘pat’ instead?
I’m not sure the students know what to make of me. At least one has said his understanding was down from around 80 % to 50 % at our first lesson, fingers crossed things get better.. But if I haven’t shaken this accent after eighteen months living as one of only three New Zealanders in the village, I don’t think it will ever leave.