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Accent Reduction: The Standard American Accent Paperback – March 30, 2013
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About the Author
My students get tired of hearing this story, but it really happened. As a young actor from New York City, I found myself getting verbally cuffed by casting directors over my thick accent. It was one big unavoidable mess, and I was unfortunately in the middle of it. The whole thing was a rain cloud over my acting career. I grew tired and distant. I studied with several speech coaches, yet I often felt like I skipped a lesson somewhere, because the way they sounded didn’t reflect what I heard in the media. After learning the basics of the phonetic alphabet, I turned the volume up on my television and analyzed how Americans truly pronounce their vowels and consonants. This combination of book-learning and ruthless appraisal opened the doors to understanding the American accent. My own accent became a virtual non-issue. I began coaching, then in the nineties I started as an instructor in the Los Angeles City College system. Nearly two decades later, the fundamentals of the American Accent are now at your disposal.
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