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Lose Your Accent in 28 Days (CD-ROM for Windows, Audio CD, and Workbook) Multimedia CD – 2004

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I can say without a doubt that this system will help you tell your accent, "Hasta la vista, baby!" -- Vadim Yarmolinets, Novoye Russkoye Slovo newspaper

This provision of a visual and audio reinforcement to the typical audio cassette for instruction is a major advance... -- Midwest Book Review, November 2004

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Lose Your Accent in 28 Days is the powerful, proven system that will help you master American English pronunciation in weeks — not months or years. Practice 30 minutes a day for 4 weeks and greatly improve your pronunciation. No more being asked to repeat yourself! No more being asked, "What did you say?" The system comes with a CD-ROM, audio CD, book, and carrying case.

Discover the pronunciation system preferred by faculty and students at America's most prestigious universities — including Cornell, UC Berkeley, Middlebury, and University of Southern California. Learn from the system in use at BERLITZ — the world's premier language school!

Lose Your Accent in 28 Days features an interactive CD-ROM that shows you exactly how to pronounce EVERY vowel and consonant through hundreds of video clips (with versions now available for both Windows & Macintosh). The Audio CD includes over 70 minutes of material on rhythm, stress, and everyday speech patterns. The Workbook offers 80 techniques for better pronunciation. In all, you'll learn from 956 guided examples. What an easy and enjoyable way to lose your accent! It's great for self-study.

Why do people choose this system over the others?

- Most accent reduction training systems have audio only. It is critical to see the instructor's mouth so you know how to position your own mouth to make the sounds correctly. - Systems that use a video-cassette or DVD do not allow you the incredible flexibility of being able to click with your mouse on the sounds you need to practice...and click over and over again until you've mastered the target sound. - Many systems are complicated and difficult to use. After a few chapters, many people just give up in frustration. Lose Your Accent in 28 Days is clear and user-friendly so you look forward to studying every day. - Lose Your Accent in 28 Days also helps you master new vocabulary as you go. The system includes a handy idioms glossary definining every idiom used in the book.

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Product Details

  • CD-ROM: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Language Success Pr; 3rd Updated edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972530045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972530040
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Krisztina Alapi on November 13, 2004
Format: CD-ROM
In spite of the fact that I am a professor of English with 8 years of teaching experience and that I have been living in Canada for 4 years, people kept asking me the question: "Where are you from?" on a daily basis. It was my accent that always gave me away. However, having done the exercises in "Lose Your Accent in 28 Days" people no longer ask me about my origins. I learned in a very easy way the proper pronunciation of those critical sounds that posed difficulty for me. I especially liked the CD-ROM that comes with the workbook as it is extremely easy to use and very straightforward in presenting, through pictures, the correct placement of the jaw, lips and tongue when articulating vowels and consonants. Highly recommended.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Eager Reader on December 23, 2006
Format: CD-ROM
I was tired of being asked where I was from the moment I opened my mouth and of being treated as a tourist in what I consider my own country now. Then I found this toolkit and it did miracles - people no longer ask me where I'm from, I am at much more ease to express myself and I feel much happier and more accepted.

Here is how I used this material to achieve my results. I spend about 1.5 hours every day (now I'm down to about an hour) doing all the vowel exercises, where my geatest difficulties are. Each day I do ALL vowel exercises (takes less than an hour) and a few other exercises. I've been doing this for a couple months now, even though I got the desired results within a month. The tough part is that if I skip just one day my accent comes back - to a much lesser extent, but enough to be asked where I'm from. So, I guess it will take a while.

You may also want to buy "American Accent Training" by Ann Cook, which got tons of valuable tips on intonation patterns, while Judy Ravin's kit is focused mainly on pronunciation. Personally, I found it easier to work on my pronunciation first. Once I got the pronunciation down, I gained a lot more confidence to play with my intonation as well.
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71 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Primadona VINE VOICE on June 17, 2007
Format: CD-ROM
I actually ordered this book from amazon but it was gonna take forever to ship so i cancelled ordered from b&n instead. of course it's now on sale so now is the best time to get it.

I'm more like an advanced english speaker. I'm the kind who writes well and gets A+ in my college english comp classes. I have spoken english ever since i was 6 yrs old but of course i didn't live here and even when i came here, people said oh, your english is very good and they'll often ask how long i've spoken english. However, people could still tell i have an accent. And i do. Its always, the "where are you from?" or the "you have a lovely accent." for some it's more of "you have a LITTLE accent."
I got this book and i'll say i haven't been using it as recommended, i mean i practice a day or 2 and don't pick up again till 15days later. First of all, this book complements Ann cooks american accent training, which is great with the intonation.

Anyhow, when it comes to pronunciation, this book is the what you need. I mean you can listen to a tape and it will tell you to stretch the e in 'feel' and the feel sounds something like feeyel-uh (as i heard from the AAT). The thing is if you learn the pronunciation techniques, you would not necessarily need to put in the y and add the uh. Why? because after you learn how to place your mouth to make the 'e' sound and the final 'l' sound, it come natural.

To be honest i started with Ann cooks and i really got lost when she mentions voiced and voiceless consonants. By learning the techniques in this book, i know which sounds i make by just pushing air out of my mouth and which ones i do by using my voice. That way, i don't need to memorize what voiced or voiceless consonant is cuz it's natural to me now.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Augusto Mauad on September 24, 2006
Format: CD-ROM
How about an accent reduction course that comes with a CD-ROM showing the mouth and lip positions for all the consonant and vowel sounds, plus an audio CD with extensive practice in connected speech, such as blendings and reductions? Great, huh? The CD ROM works really well: both video and sound are very clear. However, intonation is sacrificed for the sake of "clearer" pronunciation of vowels and consonants , as it is the case in final nasal consonants in words such as "working", pronounced with an irritating "g" sound - so forget about using the video on the CD-ROM to practice intonation. But then again it's an excellent visualization tool for the positioning of mouth and lips in consonants and vowels. The overall layout of the book is very pleasant to the eye, with a highlighted box at the beginning of each chapter and clear instructions of the production of the sounds. There's also this Glossary of Idioms at the end of the book , completely dispensed with, as there's no link whatsoever with the preceding chapters. Oh, and the title. Anybody who claims you can lose your accent in 28 days is way off-base. At any rate, the CD-ROM , notwithstanding the annoying over-articulation of some sounds , makes the whole package quite an interesting choice.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Lin on April 23, 2007
Format: CD-ROM
Took me 3 days to finish it. Mainly because all the stuffs are either already know or I have no problem to pronounce them.

April 20th
Unit 1 Chapter 1 - 4

April 21st
Unit 1 Chapter 5 - Unit 2 Chapter 19

Didn't do anything on 22th (^^;)

April 23rd
Unit 2 Chapter 19 - Unit 5 Chapter 23

"It's not enough to just hear the sounds, you also need to see how they're pronounced." It is not really necessary if you are an intermediate learner. I doubt it will be even helpful even if you are a beginner because the video clip is so short and it is often laggy and doesn't help me at all. I still prefer listening more than watching the video clips.

The thing I dislike a lot about the CD-ROM (Video clips for vowels/consonants) for the first two units, is you have to manually click each and time time when you going go the new set of words. Which is really annoying as there are so many of them. Often in one vowels, there are like 10 sets of words. And you have to click 10 times. Am I lazy? Well, 10x isn't too bad, but when you do 10 x 23 + 10 x 22 (About 450x). Now that really builds up. Although I have to clear that I do a lot in one day because there is hardly any helpful information for me)

Half of the book is useless for me. Now, onto the rest 3 units. I do not like how it does not have the phonetic symbol next to the word, you have no clue what phonetics made up the words at all. You will just blindly going through the words by repeating them.

The stress, linking etc are just briefly gone through. I was expecting more, yet it was the end already.

Exclude the bad points, the good thing I like about this set is you have enough of times to repeat the sentences/words. I actually did learn a few things.
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