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The second edition of the highly acclaimed American Accent Training, now on 5 audio CDs, is for foreign-born students and business people working, traveling or studying in the United States and Canada. Through extensive intonation and pronunciation exercises, students learn how to speak with a standard American Accent. At the same time, listening comprehension improves dramatically. Supplementary materials included detailed nationality guides for eight languages (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Korean), access to a comprehensive website, and referral to a qualified telephone analyst for an individual diagnostic speech analysis. Also included are colored markers for written exercises, and a mirror to practice accurate pronunciation.

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You are speaking English, but no one understands you. This invaluable resource for ESL students concentrates solely on the American accent to allow rapid progress.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764173691
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: Includes 5 Audio CD's
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 10.12 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 2.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2003

    useful, but seriously flawed

    Good training in rhythm and intonation. Some good advice on the pronunciation of individual sounds, especially consonants. Nonstandard American dialect (missing phoneme [aw], so that e.g. cot and caught are pronounced in the same way). Only one voice, the author's, is recorded, with the exception of a radio newscast, in which, sure enough, the phoneme [aw] appears and is transcribed with a sign found nowhere else without any explanation. Since the o/aw distinction runs along substantially different lines in British English (generally taught overseas) and American English, this is a very serious deficiency. Among less serious shortcomings: (1) Unenlightening and accented pronunciation of Japanese, German and French phrases by the author. (2) Some nonsense texts that fall very short of being funny but irritatingly purport to be. (3) Repetitious commercials inviting the student to take speech improvement classes over the phone. (4) The publisher apparently didn't do a very good job of packaging the CDs: had to return the item twice because some CDs in it were defective.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    Great! Highly Recommended!!!

    I worked on my accent for many years with different teachers. They all said that I had good pronunciation but there was still something wrong with my accent and they couldn't understand me at all. I got frustrated because I didn't know what else to do until someone recommended me American Accent Training. Let me tell you it changed my life. I worked on it for months by myself and now I'm confident about my speech. People get surprised when they find out that English isn't my first language and can't believe that years ago my accent was terrible.

    Yes, they offer you phone lessons but honestly I didn't used them. I'm surrounded by Americans most of the time, I watch TV and listen to their intonation, pronunciation and rhythm. If you are struggling with you accent and you're a dedicated person willing to give your everything this program will help you. Lots of exercises you can repeat everyday until you get them right.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    The Best of the Best

    This book is AMAZING!!!
    Wowwwwww!!!
    Check if it is good that they haven't made another edition since 2000.
    It's perfect to all intelligent people who are not native Americans, but need to be surrounded by Americans and sound like them.
    I love Phonetics & Phonology, Stylistics, etc. I graduated as an English teacher in Cuba, and this book has been the "finishing cement" of my formation as a professional. We should never stop studying, but with this book you can take a break. It has all the required and necessary tools to make you speak well, with the correct accent, pitch, common blendings, etc.
    IT IS AMAZIIIIIIING!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    i didnt like it... sorry!!

    i didnt like it at all.. has too much of invitations to come learn it over phone... y would i buy the book thenm if i have to keep on switching methods to learn... just one voice ... its not at all interesting to learn. i recommend not to buy.

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