Mastering the American Accent with Audio CDs

ISBN-10: 0764195824
ISBN-13: 9780764195822
Edition: 2009
Authors: Lisa Mojsin
List price: $35.99
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Description: This combination book and audio instructional program is designed to diminish the accents of men and women who speak English as their second language. It will help them speak standard American English with clarity, confidence, and accuracy. Specific  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2009
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 192
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

This combination book and audio instructional program is designed to diminish the accents of men and women who speak English as their second language. It will help them speak standard American English with clarity, confidence, and accuracy. Specific exercises concentrate on vowel sounds, problematic consonants such as V, W, B, TH, and the American R, employ correct syllable stress, link words for smoother speech flow, use common word contractions such as wont instead of will not, and more. Additional topics that often confuse ESL students are also discussed and explained. They include distinguishing between casual and formal speech, homophones (for instance, theyre and there), recognizing words with silent letters (comb, receipt, and others), and avoiding embarrassing pronunciation mistakes, such as mixing up party and potty. Students are familiarized with many irregular English spelling rules and exceptions, and are shown how such irregularities can contribute to pronunciation errors. A native language guide references problematic accent issues of 13 different language backgrounds. Correct lip and tongue positions for all sounds are discussed in detail. Enclosed with the book are four compact discs that use male and female voices to coach correct American-style pronunciation.

Lisa Mojsin has more than 20 years experience teaching accent reduction and communication skills to professionals who come from many cultural backgrounds. She is founder of Accurate English, a leading accent reduction training center in Los Angeles.

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