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Accent: American

The Complete Guide to Speaking the Standard American Accent

American English is one of the most difficult languages in the world to master so I created Accent: American to help foreign speakers learn how to speak as close to native as possible. Accent: American will get you started with properly pronouncing consonant, vowel and diphthong sounds. Accent: American is also designed to help the regional speaker attain professional, non-regionalized speech.

Whether your goals are social or professional, Accent: American will effectively teach you how to articulate Standard American English clearly and confidently. American English may be difficult, but I’ve done my best with this book to make it simple, easy and fun for everyone.

 

“Patrick’s book is a valuable handbook for non-native English speakers as well as native English speakers who would like to present with a more polished speech pattern. As a speech pathologist with many years of practice I was pleased to see that Patrick focuses on the key speech sounds that provide difficulty for all speakers but especially those whose first language is not English. His tips for developing a better speaking voice and clear articulation are excellent tools for performers and professionals in all fields.”

“Straightforward and easy to read with many helpful exercises to develop a clear American accent.”

Paul N Kolecki
Singer, Actor, Voice Coach

 

Table of Contents

HOW TO USE THIS WORKBOOK 11
LESSON 1: GETTING STARTED – 13

1. WARMING UP YOUR VOICE – 13
2. STAIR STEPPING – 16
3. LINKING WORDS TOGETHER – 17
4. ARTICULATION EXERCISES – 18
5. TONGUE TWISTERS – 21

LESSON 2: THE FRONT VOWEL SOUNDS – 23

6. EE AS IN HE – 26
7. I AS IN IS – 27
8. EH AS IN VERY – 28
9. AE AS IN FAT – 30

LESSON 3: THE MIDDLE VOWEL SOUNDS – 31

10. UH AS IN WHAT – 31
11. ER AS IN SIR – 33

LESSON 4: THE BACK VOWEL SOUNDS – 35

12. OO AS IN YOU – 35
13. U AS IN SHOULD – 36
14. AH AS IN ON – 37

LESSON 5: THE DIPHTHONG SOUNDS OF STANDARD
AMERICAN ENGLISH—OVERVIEW – 39

15. THE DIPHTHONG SOUNDS – 42
16. THE EI DIPHTHONG AS IN HEY – 42
17. THE AI DIPHTHONG AS IN WHY – 43
18. THE OI DIPHTHONG AS IN BOY – 44
19. THE OU DIPHTHONG AS IN NO – 45
20. THE AU DIPHTHONG AS IN HOW – 46
21. THE ER DIPHTHONG SOUNDS – 47
22. THE IR DIPHTHONG AS IN BEER – 48
23. THE EIR DIPHTHONG AS IN BEAR – 49
24. THE OR DIPHTHONG AS IN FOUR – 50
25. THE AR DIPHTHONG AS IN FAR – 51

LESSON 6: CONSONANT SOUNDS – 53

26. P AS IN PUPPY – 53
27. B AS IN BOY – 54
28. T AS IN TEAM – 55
29. D AS IN DO – 56
30. T IN THE MIDDLE OF WORDS – 57
31. WORDS ENDING IN D – 59
32. K AS IN CAT – 60
33. G AS IN GO – 61
34. F AS IN FUN – 62
35. V AS IN VICTORY – 63
36. S AS IN SAM – 64
37. Z AS IN ZEBRA – 65
38. SH AS IN SHIP – 66
39. ZH AS IN MEASURE – 67
40. TH AS IN THING – 68
41. TH AS IN THIS – 69
42. CONTRASTING THE VOICED AND UNVOICED TH – 70
43. H AS IN HELLO – 71
44. CH AS IN CHEESE – 72
45. DG AS IN JUDGE – 73
46. M AS IN ME – 74
47. N AS IN NANCY – 75
48. N FOLLOWED BY S – 76
49. NK AS IN THANK – 77
50. NG AS IN THING – 78
51. L AS IN LEE – 79
52. L AS A VOWEL – 80
53. EL VS. EIL – 81
54. R AS IN READ – 82
55. CONSONANT CLUSTERS WITH R – 84
56. W AS IN WANT – 85
57. Y AS IN YELLOW – 86

HELPFUL HINTS – 87

58. SHORT UNACCENTED WORDS – 87
59. CONTRASTING EKS WITH EGZ – 89
60. WORDS ENDING IN –LESS OR –NESS – 90

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS – 91