American Accent Training / Edition 2

American Accent Training / Edition 2

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by Ann Cook
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0764173693

ISBN-13: 9780764173691

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated


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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764173691
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
Includes 5 Audio CD's
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
10.12(w) x 12.50(h) x 2.00(d)

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American Accent Training 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Cuba_teach1 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.