Synopses & Reviews
This combination book and audio instructional program is designed to diminish the accents of men and women who speak English as their second language. It will help them speak standard American English with clarity, confidence, and accuracy. Specific exercises concentrate on vowel sounds, problematic consonants such as V, W, B, TH, and the American R, employ correct syllable stress, link words for smoother speech flow, use common word contractions such as won't instead of will not, and more. Additional topics that often confuse ESL students are also discussed and explained. They include distinguishing between casual and formal speech, homophones (for instance, they're and there), recognizing words with silent letters (comb, receipt, and others), and avoiding embarrassing pronunciation mistakes, such as mixing up party and potty. Students are familiarized with many irregular English spelling rules and exceptions, and are shown how such irregularities can contribute to pronunciation errors. A native language guide references problematic accent issues of 13 different language backgrounds. Correct lip and tongue positions for all sounds are discussed in detail. Enclosed with the book are four compact discs that use male and female voices to coach correct American-style pronunciation.
If you speak English as your second language and want to express yourself with greater clarity, confidence, and accuracy, speech expert Lisa Mojsin's book and audio program will give you the instruction and advice you're looking for. Specific exercises help you concentrate on perfecting vowel sounds, as well as problematic consonants such as TH, V, W, and the American R and L. You will learn to stress the correct syllable of each word and link your words rhythmically for more natural, American-sounding speech. You'll also find help from this program's native language guide, which references problematic accent issues of 13 different language backgrounds. The set of four CDs enclosed with this book use both male and female voices to coach you in correct American pronunciation.
About the Author
Lisa Mojsin has more than 20 years' experience teaching accent reduction and communication skills to professionals who come from many cultural backgrounds. She is founder of Accurate English, a leading accent reduction training center in Los Angeles.