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American Accent Training with 5 audio CDs

American Accent Training with 5 audio CDs
Your Price: $41.99 CDN
Author: Ann Cook
Publisher: Barron's Educational
Format: Softcover with 5 audio CDs
# of Pages: 224
Pub. Date: 2012
Edition: 3rd Edition
ISBN-10: 1438071655
ISBN-13: 9781438071657

About the Book:

The world's best selling accent and pronunciation book. This book starts at the most basic level -- the syllable — and builds up to the complex intonation that is used in everyday English. This book will guide you to fluency in spoken American English. All aspects of the American accent are covered in detail — intonation, liaisons and pronunciation.

The revised and expanded third edition of Ann Cook's highly acclaimed American Accent Training, with 5 audio CDs, is packed with new methods to easily pick up the standard American accent. This best-selling book has four fascinating new chapters covering the intriguing psychology of accent acquisition, American voice quality, a pronunciation overview and an ESL instructor's guide. The new CDs feature talented and professional male and female voices, carefully selected to represent that perfect American accent. With 30 years of extensive research, the unique American Accent Training methodology has been refined to teach the American sound quickly and easily:

• Voice quality (the deep, rich tone of the American sound)
• Pronunciation (all the vowels, consonants, blends and diphthongs)
• Intonation (syllable stress rules and word stress in a sentence)
• Linking (liaisons phonetically transcribed so students can see the sound)

Using comprehensive intonation and pronunciation exercises and tests, students swiftly learn the real American accent. At the same time, listening comprehension improves dramatically, both for literal understanding and empathetic awareness. Supplementary materials include detailed nationality guides for ten languages and accent variations (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Korean, Arabic, and the US Southern accent).

This book has been leading the way with students and business people since 1991. Going where no accent book has gone before, American Accent Training continues to set the standard for all to follow, for anyone learning or teaching the American accent.

About the Author:

Ann Cook is the author of the best-selling American Accent Training text. She studied Spanish Literature at the California State University at Los Angeles, spent a year at the Institut d'Études Françaises in Aix-en-Provence, and five years in Japan at the Japanese Culture and Language Institute in Tokyo.