American Accent Training

A Guide to Speaking and Pronouncing American English for Everyone who Speaks English as a Second Language

Author: Ann Cook

Publisher: Barron's Educational Series

ISBN: 9781438071657

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 226

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Directed to speakers of English as a second language, a multi-media guide to pronouncing American English uses a "pure-sound" approach to speaking to help imitate the fluid ways of American speech.
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Pronouncing American English

Sounds, Stress, and Intonation

Author: Gertrude F. Orion

Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Pub

ISBN: 9781111352103

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 300

View: 9965

Newly updated, this classic text continues to be the most comprehensive overview of the American sound system. With an easy-to-follow format and thorough coverage of vowels, consonants, stress and intonation, Pronouncing American English guides students to develop clear speech. Perfect for the classroom, self-study, or in a language lab!
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Mastering the American Accent

Author: Lisa Mojsin

Publisher: Barrons Educational Series

ISBN: 9781438008103

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 210

View: 417

This combination book and audio instructional program is designed to diminish the accents of men and women who speak English as their second language. It will help them speak standard American English with clarity, confidence, and accuracy. Specific exercises concentrate on vowel sounds, problematic consonants such as V, W, TH, the American R, and the often confusing American T sound. It teaches them to employ correct syllable stress, emphasize the correct words in a sentence for native sounding rhythm, speak with American intonation, link words for smoother speech flow, use common word contractions, and more. Additional topics that often confuse ESL students are also discussed and explained. They include distinguishing between casual and formal speech, homophones (for instance, they're and there), recognizing words with silent letters (comb, receipt, and others), and avoiding embarrassing pronunciation mistakes, such as mixing up "beach" and "bitch." Students are familiarized with many irregular English spelling rules and exceptions, and are shown how such irregularities can contribute to pronunciation errors. A native language guide references problematic accent issues of 13 different language backgrounds. Correct lip and tongue positions for all sounds are discussed in detail. There is also a link to downloadable audio that uses male and female voices to coach correct American-style pronunciation.
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Lose Your Accent in 28 Days

Author: Judy Ravin

Publisher: Language Success Press

ISBN: 0972530045

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 98

View: 2451

Lose Your Accent in 28 Days is the powerful, proven system that will help the learner master American English pronunciation in weeks not months or years. This system features an interactive CD-ROM that shows you exactly how to pronounce EVERY vowel and consonant through hundreds of video clips. The Audio CD includes over 70 minutes of material on rhythm, stress, and everyday speech patterns. The book offers 80 techniques for better pronunciation. In all, the system offers 956 guided examples. Written by world-renowned accent reduction expert, Judy Ravin.
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Pronounce it Perfectly in English

Author: Jean Yates (nauczyciel)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780764177491


Page: 197

View: 6368

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Get Rid of Your Accent

The English Pronunciation and Speech Training Manual

Author: Linda James,Olga Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780955330001

Category: English language

Page: 142

View: 957

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The American Accent Guide

Author: Beverly a. Lujan

Publisher: Lingual Arts

ISBN: 9780963413932

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 220

View: 3871

This is the 3rd edition of the world-acclaimed The American Accent Guide. The American Accent Guide provides comprehensive training on the standard American accent. The materials for this program consist of a book and accompanying streaming audio. The book provides a link and an access code for the audio, which can then be streamed on any digital device. The methods and principles of this program are based on the belief that an efficient way to become a clear and effective speaker in a non-native language is to gain an understanding of the phonology (sound system) of that language. The American Accent Guide addresses the entire sound system of American English and gives thorough attention to each of its elements. These elements are: Intonation Stress Rhythm Individual vowel sounds Individual consonant sounds The program found in The American Accent Guide addresses each of these elements through a variety of engaging, interactive exercises that use everyday language in situations ranging from casual to technical and from informal to professional. The American Accent Guide is divided into eight sections, each of which contains its own numbering sequence and audio. Each section addresses a complete and distinct aspect of the American accent, so the student can potentially study each part independently. Although each section is complete in and of itself, exercises do reinforce skills addressed in previous sections. This makes studying the program in the order presented the most effective way to both understand the concepts and practice and improve one's accent. By the end of the course, learners will possess a clear idea of how to process the American accent and have the basic speaking tools required to express it. They will also be prepared to continue building their accent skills through purposeful listening to the way that native speakers of American English communicate. Who is The American Accent Guide for? Typical users of The American Accent Guide include universities, colleges, language schools, speech-language pathologists, ESL instructors, and individual learners. The program is appropriate for students representing all foreign language backgrounds, given that they possess at least a low-intermediate command of the English language. The Approach The American Accent Guide introduces the elements of American English speech in the most logical sequence, integrating each of them into natural contexts. It takes a highly complex accent system and makes it easy to understand. While practicing new speech patterns, the learner gains awareness of the underlying rules of the American English sound system. These insights facilitate continued improvement and increased fluency in standard American English. The Dialect The dialect used in The American Accent Guide is standard American English, sometimes referred to as "General American." This accent is heard widely throughout parts of the United States and Canada; it is the preferred standard in North American news media and movies. Exercises in The American Accent Guide reflect the communication style of American culture, and they incorporate common idioms and colloquialisms used frequently in everyday situations. The Audio The American Accent Guide is accompanied by clear audio featuring a mix of male and female speakers of standard American English. Audio track markers are easily located in small circles throughout the text. The entire book is available in audio form, and the program can be followed using the audio independently should the student wish to use it that way. Changes to the New Edition This new 3rd edition of The American Accent Guide builds upon the successes of the previous editions. It includes revisions with new ideas, more exercises, and a new, expanded section on the topic of word stress."
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Accent America

The Complete Guide to Speaking the Standard American Accent

Author: Patrick Muñoz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692368435


Page: N.A

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Accent Reduction

The Standard American Accent

Author: Ivan Borodin

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781483996752

Category: Education

Page: 52

View: 861

If you're a foreign speaker trying to pronounce American English, you may be pushing yourself too hard. There's really nowhere to go and seemingly nothing left to do. You're stuck with twisted notions of how Americans are supposed to sound. Your aspirations are turning into a real tragedy that plays itself out every time someone asks where you are from. This accent reduction manual flies in the face of conventional wisdom. It takes the responsibility off your shoulders. The vowel and consonant suggestions quickly add up, and in only a handful of scheduled lessons, you'll see that your dreams of clear speech need not be brushed aside. This program is supported by a free series of YouTube videos and limited to exactly what you need to improve. Your hopes will rise like a sun over the morning horizon. Study in the privacy of your own home, perhaps enjoying a double mocha latte as you pick up the basics of clear American speech.
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McGraw-Hill's Conversational American English

The Illustrated Guide to Everyday Expressions of American English

Author: Richard Spears,Betty Birner,Steven Kleinedler,Luc Nisset

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071741321

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 2104

Learn more than 3,000 English expressions and speak and understand the language easily As a new speaker of English, you may hear some expressions in your daily conversations that you do not understand--yet. McGraw-Hill's Conversational American English will help you learn these expressions, so not only do you know what a person is saying to you, but that you can use the expression yourself! More than 3,000 expressions are organized by theme, so you can find what you are looking for quickly. And each topic is illustrated to further help you understand context. The book features: Common expressions are batched into 350 themes, ranging from general greetings and asking how someone is, to the more specific needs, like showing disbelief, asking someone’s intentions, and expressions for a forgotten word or name A comprehensive thematic glossary provides an additional means for the learner to locate expressions by key words and concepts Topics include: Basic Social Encounters, Greetings, Small Talk, Introductions, Ending a Conversation, Good-Byes, Agreeing, Disagreeing Conversational Encounters, Focusing Attention, Launching the Conversation, Making Friends, Complex Matters, Disputes, Discussion and Resolution, Polite Encounters, Prefaces, Communication Barriers
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Perfecting Your English Pronunciation

Author: Susan Cameron

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071788484

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 240

View: 7594

Reduce your accent when pronouncing English, with the expertise from an acclaimed specialist in the area Developed by acclaimed speech consultant and accent specialist Susan Cameron, Perfecting Your English Pronunciation features her successful method, which focuses on the anatomical placement of sound and on the musculature used in articulation. Where other accent reduction/English pronunciation products rely on solely mimicking of audio sounds, this work focuses visually, audibly, and narratively on the physical ability to speak English, noting that many sounds of English may be difficult for you because some tongue positions used in English may not be used in your native language. The 45-minute DVD introduces you to mouth and jaw exercises to prepare you for English, then demonstrates mouth formations and tongue placement using other nonnative speakers like you. You will see and hear how English sounds--enabling you to become more and more comfortable conversing with native English speakers as you go through the program.
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How to Speak Southern

Author: Steve Mitchell

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307567737

Category: Humor

Page: 64

View: 811

A tongue-in-cheek dictionary of Southern words and phrases offers an hilarious spoof of the Southern accent.
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English the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to Language and Culture in the U.S. (with Embedded Audio & MP3)

Author: Sheila MacKechnie Murtha,Jane Airey O'Connor

Publisher: Research & Education Assoc.

ISBN: 0738684740

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 288

View: 885

REA’s English the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to Language and Culture in the U.S. with Embedded Audio & Mp3 Download Helps English Language Learners Improve Their Skills A fun guide to everything American for the English language learner! Authored by seasoned ESL instructors, this handy guidebook is perfect for people who already have a good grasp of English, but want to improve how they speak the language as it is spoken in the United States. Written in a lighthearted and easy-to-follow style, this book is a great resource for people of all ages and all nationalities. Each unit introduces commonly used phrases, vocabulary, and verbs, and offers sample dialogs to illustrate everyday American life. Sentence completions, quizzes, tips, and illustrations make learning fun. Individual units cover topics essential to the mosaic of American life: making friends, basic skills, driving, dining out, dealing with money, home life, emergency situations, doctor visits, handling a job interview, and more. To improve your pronunciation, listen to the embedded audio that accompanies this e-book or download the Mp3. The audio contains all the dialogues and pronunciation pointers found in the book so you can listen along and practice your speaking skills as you read. The dialogues are read by native speakers and are a great way to work on accent reduction. If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to improve your English language skills, this is the book for you!
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Ingles Para Latinos-Level 1

Author: William C. Harvey

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1438065132

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 213

View: 4229

INGLES PARA LATINOS LEVEL 1 is designed to teach Hispanics in the United States and Canada a practical working knowledge of English. Updated with additional commonly-used phrases, new questions and answers for practice and review, and listening aids such as find-the-word boxes, jumbled words, and crosswords, the new edition of this informal language-learning program has been created to give Hispanics in the United States and Canada a practical working knowledge of English. Author William Harvey bypasses the dull rules of grammar, and instead familiarizes readers with often-used phrases, including a series of informal conversations among speakers in idiomatic American English. It also features tables that present commonly-used English verbs and verb tenses. Emphasis on correct pronunciation includes helpful tips and advice on pronunciation and listening comprehension. The supplemental downloadable audio uses spoken dialogues and coaching to emphasize correct pronunciation of informal American English.
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Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen

An Instruction Manual for 24 Accents and Dialects Commonly Used by English-speaking Actors

Author: Paul Meier

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615461502

Category: Acting

Page: 354

View: 8929

This easy-to-follow yet incredibly detailed 350-page book is the industry standard on accents and dialects of the English language. Readers get not only a proven system of instruction instead of mere voice mimicry, but an invaluable collection of 12 CDs. Paul Meier is a leading dialect coach for theatre and film, and contained in this impressive publication is his entire standard repertoire of the 24 most valuable accents and dialects for actors: Afrikaans (South Africa), American Deep South (Mississippi/Georgia/Alabama), American Southern (Kentucky/Tennessee), Australian, Cockney, Downeast New England, French, General American, German, Hampshire, Indian, Irish, Italian, Liverpool, New York, Northern Ireland, Russian, Scottish, South Boston, Spanish (Castilian & Colonial), Standard British English (Received Pronunciation), Welsh, Yiddish, and Yorkshire.
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A Manual for Actors

Author: Robert Blumenfeld

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780879109677

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 424

View: 3345

Provides actors with instructions and exercises to speak in a variety of different accents.
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