Mastering the American Accent

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Barron's Educational Series, 2009 - Foreign Language Study - 186 pages
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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, B, TH, and the American R, employ correct syllable stress, link words for smoother speech flow, use common word contractions such as won't instead of will not, 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 party and potty. 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. Enclosed with the book are four compact discs that use male and female voices to coach correct American-style pronunciation.
 

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very good book for correcting pronunciation. i spent three weeks to go through the book, with some helps from my colleagues who are native speakers , then i found, ow, my speaking has been improved a lot. highly recommend it to non native speakers~~~ Thank you very much, dear Lisa

Contents

e as in get
6
ou as in boat
12
Vowels in Detail
18
Review of jej as a jo a and ou
25
Vowel Length and Voiced and Voiceless Consonants
31
The Fast d Sound
38
Words Ending in ed
41
iii
50
Phrasal Verbs
81
Intonation
95
Rising Intonation
96
Conditional Tense and Contractions
113
Native Language Guide
127
French
141
Portuguese
166
Vietnamese
179

ThevSound
54
Dangers of Stressing the Wrong Syllable
68

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Lisa Mojsin has more than 20 years experience teaching accent reduction and communication skills to professionals who come from many cultural backgrounds. She is founder of Accurate English, a leading accent reduction training center in Los Angeles.

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