Viral sensation: Meet Insta’s new English teacher who is 12th fail from Odisha

He is a recent favorite English teacher on Instagram. He vouches for a distinct American accent and is racing towards a million followers. Meet Dhiraj Takri, a 21-year-old from Odisha who has become a social media sensation as users across the country share his reels of him teaching spoken English with a near-perfect American accent. But what will really surprise you is that Takri himself “never received any formal education and actually failed [his] class 12 exam”.

Dhiraj Tikra has collected 920 thousand followers on Instagram so far. (Photo: Instagram)

Takri recounts how he started learning the language in 2019 and started working on getting a real American accent about two years later, in 2021. “I wanted to sing Christian songs in my church (sic),” he recalls, adding, “I wanted to be able to understand native English speakers. I didn’t want my accent to hold me back… Now I create content that helps people learn the language with a native accent through memes and movie clips in a unique desi style where people can have fun!”

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The content creator initially faced his share of trolling. He recalls, “When I first started uploading videos in August 2023, I would get comments calling me chapri, etc. But now that has changed. Now there are almost no negative comments. The internet has become a kinder place, maybe because people can relate to my humble origins.”

But such difficulties only strengthened him, as Takri today feels proud that he managed to do it even with “limited resources”. “I am the third of five children in my family. Earlier, my mother used to sell bangles to support us, but now my eldest brother heads the household. They are all very happy for me and enjoy my videos,” he says, adding, “I will continue to teach and improve my accent as it is a mixture of Indian, British and American accents at the moment. I’m a melting pot of accents!”

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