What kind of accent do you have?
Do people from other areas notice/point it out to you?
Do people from your own area point it out to you?
Did you have any specific problem learning English if it is not your first language?
(At first I could not use contractions)
I am from ostroleka poland and generally people do not notice my accent at first, but the more I talk the more I see people almost stare at me as if they are trying to figure out what does not sound quite right, eventually they ask.