- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 2 edition (September 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1438008104
- ISBN-13: 978-1438008103
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 183 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mastering the American Accent 2nd Edition
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Why? Well, so many people keep asking me where I am from that I realize something is not right somewhere.
I knew more or less where my weaknesses lie, and that is mainly in the vowels, but through listening to the tapes I also discovered a number of consonants I have been having troubles with. What these audio tapes do is make it clear to you what area of the language you are to concentrate on. And if you are like me, there is probably more than you realized. I go through the tapes as I drive to work every day, and then I make a list of words which are difficult for me. Then I run the list by my American husband, and he helps me to concentrate on the right articulation. He provides the missing ingredient, the visual.
I really think that Mastering the American Accent with audio CDs is an excellent way to tackle some of the problems the foreign speakers usually have, but you have to be dilligent listening to those tapes frequently till they become part of the way you speak.
Therefore, I purchased "Mastering the American Accent" but keep that book for future use since the both are good books. As expected, the content of book covers most vowels and consonants to detail. I will read both of books, but "Mastering American Accent" first. While having no complain about the book itself, I am disappointed with amazon shipping department because the book came in damage. So, I just requested a replacement. Tomorrow, I am coming a UPS store to drop off the damaged book, then wait for the new one.
*It focuses on pronunciation drills, with a minimum of pedagogy. That is, it explains how to make a short "i" sound without explaining the history of short "i" sounds, or relating a funny story about the author's life.
*Most of the exercises would be fine for a language learner to use with the CDs, but they also work for me and my student in class. I've easily come up with lots of activities we can do based on the exercises in this book, so it's interactive and engaging.
*It's laid out very intuitively- it progresses from vowels, to consonants, to linking and other ways to make English learners sound more American.