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Mastering the American Accent

Mastering the American Accent
Your Price: $38.95 CDN
Author: Lisa Mojsin
Publisher: Barron's Educational
Format: Softcover with 4 audio CDs
# of Pages: 186
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN-10: 0764195824
ISBN-13: 9780764195822

About the Book:

Mastering the American Accent is a 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 you 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 won't 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, they're 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.

Included with the book Mastering the American Accent are four compact discs that use male and female voices to coach correct American-style pronunciation.

About the Author:

Lisa Mojsin has over 20 years of experience teaching accent reduction and communication skills to professionals from a variety of cultural backgrounds both in the US and overseas. She specializes in working with clients in the entertainment industry such as actors, newscasters and announcers, where accurate pronunciation of English is a must. Her typical non-entertainment industry clients are foreign born physicians, lawyers, software engineers and corporate professionals. She has taught at UCLA-Extension, Santa Monica College, Loyola Marymount University, West Los Angeles College, and Otis College of Art and Design.