Improve Your American Accent

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Sound like a native English speaker in six easy lessons

Even though you know the vocabulary and the endless grammar rules, you still find it difficult to pronounce English words correctly. This struggle with your new language can make communicating with native English speakers a frustrating experience for both you and them. Now you can gain confidence in your English skills and speak like an American with this focused, nonintimidating program.

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Overview

Sound like a native English speaker in six easy lessons

Even though you know the vocabulary and the endless grammar rules, you still find it difficult to pronounce English words correctly. This struggle with your new language can make communicating with native English speakers a frustrating experience for both you and them. Now you can gain confidence in your English skills and speak like an American with this focused, nonintimidating program.

Improve Your American English Accent is an easy and enjoyable way to learn and master the most challenging American English speech characteristics, such as:

  • The most troublesome of sixteen American English vowel sounds
  • The duration of vowel sounds
  • Differences in stressed and unstressed syllables and words
  • How a sound is changed by the sounds that come before and after it
  • Stress in words and phrases and how it influences timing

The CDs present six 35-minute lessons, each one covering key obstacles faced by nonnative English speakers. Author Charlsie Childs is your own personal tutor, talking you through her proven methods for overcoming the tricks of English pronunciation. Accompanying the CDs is a booklet containing written pronunciation guidelines and transcriptions of the sounds, words, and sentences you encounter on the recording.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071428095
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/10/2003
  • Edition description: Audio CD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 608,972
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlsie Childs is a specialist in foreign accent reduction with many years of teaching experience.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A quick review of grammar terms
Points of speech articulation
Major North American English vowels
SESSION ONE
1.1 Introduction to Improve Your American English Accent
1.2 What's in Session One
1.3 The vowels 6 and 10
1.4 Vowel sound 11
1.5 Syllables
1.6 Syllable stress
1.7 Consonants: Stops and continuants
1.8 The glottal stop: An important extra stop sound
1.9 Voicing and vowel duration
1.10 Stress in abbreviations and initials
1.11 Let's try to apply this information
1.12 Assignment
SESSION TWO
1.13 What's in Session Two
1.14 The vowels: Review of vowels 6 and 11
1.15 The vowels: Introducing vowels 3, 4, and 5
1.16 Different ways to pronounce stops
1.17 linking words together (as the native speakers do)
1.18 Three variations of -s|-es noun and verb endings
1.19 Syllable stress with suffixes -ion, -sian, -tion
1.20 Word stress in adjective + noun phrases
1.21 Let's try to apply all this information
1.22 Assignment
SESSION THREE
2.1 What's in Session Three
2.2 The vowels: 1 and 2
2.3 The vowels: Front vowels 1, 2, 3, and 4
2.4 The vowels: Vowel 12
2.5 The three -ed verb endings (the regular endings for simple past and past participle forms)
2.6 Practice using the -ed endings
2.7 The between-vowel (intervocalic) d or t flap
2.8 Practice using the d or t flap
2.9 Stress in adjectives with -al, -ial, or -ual suffixes
2.10 Stress in noun + noun phrases
2.11 To stress or not to stress: the schwa
2.12 Stress and non-stress in some useful words
2.13 Let's try to apply all this information
2.14 Assignment
SESSION FOUR
2.15 What's in Session Four
2.16 Vowels: Vowel sound 8
2.17 Vowels: Back vowels 8, 9, and 10
2.18 Contractions: Is
2.19 Contractions: Are
2.20 Contractions: Does
2.21 Contractions: Did
2.22 Contractions: Will
2.23 Contractions: Would
2.24 Contractions: Can and can't
2.25 Reducing the h in words that are not important
2.26 Stress with the common suffix -ity
2.27 Assignment
SESSION FIVE
3.1 What's in Session Five
3.2 The vowels: lower vowels 6, 7, 8, and 11
3.3 Practicing stress, pitch. linking. and reductions in declarative sentences
3.4 Practicing non-stress
3.5 Summary of some important speech aspects
3.6 When joining a front vowel to another vowel
3.7 When joining a back vowel to another vowel
3.8 Forming new sounds by joining sounds together
3.9 linking words with the same (or closely related) sounds
3.10 Practice with some common helping verbs
3.11 Assignment
SESSION SIX
3.12 What's in Session Six
3.13 Pitch pattern change after a subject has been introduced
3.14 Usual pitch patterns in English information questions
3.15 Usual pitch patterns in North American English yes/no questions
3.16 Usual pitch patterns in North American English either/or (choice) questions
3.17 Usual pitch patterns in North American English attached questions
3.18 Breaking the rules of stress in special situations
3.19 Let's try to apply all this information
3.20 Assignment
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2004

    This is the best accent training book and CDs

    I am a non-native American English speaker. I've had problems listening to American accent for a long time. I've tried many American Accent Training Books. They all help but particularly this one from Charlsie Childs 'Improve your American Accent' is very helpful. She teaches the sounds in American Accent that I thought I knew well but were non standard to American ears. This book takes me back to the roots of non-native speakers problems: the vowels and consonants sounds that are very basic but overlooked by us for a long time. I learn to hear those basic vowels again and I feel like re-gaining something lost long time ago. Intermediate and advanced speakers should find this book with the 2 CDs useful since they know more about speaking and encounter more problems so they'd know what to listen to in the CDs. In one word this book is the best so far in helping me improving my listening skills: now I can hear the sounds of vowels from native Americans when I speak to them. When I can hear them well I will be able to use these vowel sounds correctly. Thanks Ms Childs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2010

    Great tool to improve communication skills

    This audio course is one of the most usefull resoources I have tried in order to improve my communication skills on English as my second language. With a clear explanation and examples on the different American English sounds, this course has made me realize on some mistakes I had not even thought about before.

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  • Posted August 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    It is helpful.

    I like it. It explains the vowels sound in detail. it is a little boring, becasue of the was presented. Over all, I would recommend it to use.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2009

    Great book !!!

    A great aid for everyone who really seeks to understand and to be understood in North-American English

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