American Accent Training: With Downloadable Audio (American Accent Traning) ペーパーバック – 2017/7/15
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A great training tool for classroom or for personal use! In recent years, Barron's American Accent Training has gained wide respect as a self-teaching program, but more and more speech trainers, teachers, and speech therapists report that they are also using it as a valuable teaching tool in their speech classes. This new edition now comes with downloadable audio. The program goes where no American accent training tool has gone before, providing highly innovative instruction for both students and business people. The structure of the book has been reorganized, offering students a much more clear and direct sequence of lessons and a path to better understanding The downloadable audio component features professional male and female voices that have been carefully selected to represent authentic American pronunciation and intonation Pronunciation exercises encompass all vowel sounds, consonants, blends, and diphthongs Emphasis on linking, or phonetically transcribed sound liaisons, help students "see" the correct sounds Designed for foreign-born students and business people working, traveling, or studying in the United States and Canada Supplementary materials include detailed nationality guides for 11 languages (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Korean, Arabic, the U.S. Southern accent, and African languages). More valuable features include access to a comprehensive website, and referral to a qualified telephone analyst for an individual diagnostic speech analysis.
It has mentally put me under pressure (partly because I tend to be perfectionist) to the point that sometimes I don't speak among others just because I don't want to be that token person. So, I decided to buy this book and try to change my accent (although I am one of those people thinking that your accent forms in your childhood.)
Having gone through a few pages of this book and listening to the audio files, I have gained great info so far and am motivated to change my accent (even if it's just getting closer a bit to the standard accent.)
I will update my review as time passes and I keep working through the book.
BTW, this book's material and design is excellent especially the American flag design.
Every time I pick up this book I feel so patriotic. I know I wasn't born here but the US is my adopted country and I would die for it. US of A :)
Update-1, 11/4/2017: Something has been really bothering me about the way phonetics has been done in this book. Why not IPA? We spend so much time learning IPA in order to use a dictionary and then all of a sudden in this book you see a new convention (that I haven't seen anywhere else.) I am making my conversion table to IPA for this book and really wish that in the future editions the author would use IPA.
The downloadable files are in .mp3 format, that's why...
this content is not available anymore (none of the audio files could be listened).
The book is semi-useless without audio examples
If you wanted to be understood when you talk this book is a MOST