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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.”

Gloria S. Lazar, M.S., M.Phil, CCC
Speech-Language Pathologist

“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