Pronounce It Perfectly in English with Audio CDs

Author: Jean Yates
Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Incorporated
ISBN: 9781438072807
Format: PDF
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The new edition presents many practice exercises that provide practice in every sound that is specific to American-style English. Emphasis is on stress and intonation patterns in conversational English. Recognition of these patterns is essential to fluent speech and listening comprehension.

Pronounce it Perfectly in Italian

Author: Marcel Danesi
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780812080155
Format: PDF, ePub
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This program is designed to correct pronunciation deficiencies with cassettes that explain rules and encourage practice. This course focuses on vowel sounds, diphthongs, syllable stress, and what seem to English-speakers, unusual Italian consonant combinations such as gli, gn, gh, ch, and others. There is extensive practice with words and sentences.

Pronounce it Perfectly in Japanese

Author: Charles Shirō Inouye
Publisher: Barrons Educational Series
ISBN: 9780812080353
Format: PDF
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Emphasizing spoken Japanese, this book/cassette program offers training in comprehending and forming the sounds of spoken words and phrases. The basic Japanese sounds are made clear, as are special problems of Japanese intonation.

You re Saying It Wrong

Author: Ross Petras
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 0399578099
Format: PDF, Kindle
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For word nerds and grammar geeks, a witty guide to the most commonly mispronounced words, along with their correct pronunciations and pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and histories of use and misuse. With wit and good humor, this handy little book not only saves us from sticky linguistic situations but also provides fascinating cocktail-party-ready anecdotes. Entries reveal how to pronounce boatswain like an old salt on the deck of a ship, trompe l'oeil like a bona fide art expert, and haricot vert like a foodie, while arming us with the knowledge of why certain words are correctly pronounced the "slangy" way (they came about before dictionaries), what stalks of grain have to do with pronunciation, and more. With bonus sidebars like "How to Sound like a Seasoned Traveler" and "How to Sound Cultured," readers will be able to speak about foreign foods and places, fashion, philosophy, and literature with authority.

Pronounce it Perfectly in Russian

Author: Thomas R. Beyer
Publisher: Barrons Educational Series
ISBN: 9780812080162
Format: PDF
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This program covers basics of the Russian phonetic system, vowels, consonants, and palatalization, plus intonation, pronouncing vowels in multisyllabic words and more.

American Accent Training

Author: Ann Cook
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
ISBN: 9780764196515
Format: PDF
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Directed to speakers of English as a second language, a multi-media guide to pronouncing American English covers grammar, vocabulary, pronunication, reading, writing, and listening comprehension.

That s The Way It Crumbles

Author: Matthew Engel
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1782832629
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Are we tired of hearing that fall is a season, sick of being offered fries and told about the latest movie? Yeah. Have we noticed the sly interpolation of Americanisms into our everyday speech? You betcha. And are we outraged? Hell, yes. But do we do anything? Too much hassle. Until now. In That's The Way It Crumbles Matthew Engel presents a call to arms against the linguistic impoverishment that happens when one language dominates another. With dismay and wry amusement, he traces the American invasion of our language from the early days of the New World, via the influence of Edison, the dance hall and the talkies, right up to the Apple and Microsoft-dominated present day, and explores the fate of other languages trying to fend off linguistic takeover bids. It is not the Americans' fault, more the result of their talent for innovation and our own indifference. He explains how America's cultural supremacy affects British gestures, celebrations and way of life, and how every paragraph and conversation includes words the British no longer even think of as Americanisms. Part battle cry, part love song, part elegy, this book celebrates the strange, the banal, the precious and the endangered parts of our uncommon common language.

Mastering the American Accent 2nd edition

Author: Lisa Mojsin, M.A.
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
ISBN: 1438068867
Format: PDF, Docs
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This instructional program is designed to diminish the accents of men and women who speak English as their second language. Specific exercises concentrate on vowel sounds, problematic consonants such as V, W, TH, the American R, and the often confusing American T sound. It teaches them to employ correct syllable stress, emphasize the correct words in a sentence for native sounding rhythm, speak with American intonation, link words for smoother speech flow, use common word contractions, and more. Additional topics that often confuse ESL students are also discussed and explained. Includes a native language guide that references problematic accent issues of 13 different language backgrounds. There is also a link to downloadable audio that uses male and female voices to coach correct American-style pronunciation.

Fluent Forever

Author: Gabriel Wyner
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 038534810X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The ultimate rapid language-learning guide! For those who’ve despaired of ever learning a foreign language, here, finally, is a book that will make the words stick. At thirty years old, Gabriel Wyner speaks six languages fluently. He didn’t learn them in school -- who does? -- rather, he learned them in the past few years, working on his own and practicing on the subway, using simple techniques and free online resources. In Fluent Forever Wyner reveals what he’s discovered. The greatest challenge to learning a foreign language is the challenge of memory; there are just too many words and too many rules. For every new word we learn, we seem to forget two old ones, and as a result, fluency can seem out of reach. Fluent Forever tackles this challenge head-on. With empathy for the language-challenged and abundant humor, Wyner deconstructs the learning process, revealing how to build a foreign language in your mind from the ground up. Starting with pronunciation, you’ll learn how to rewire your ears and turn foreign sounds into familiar sounds. You'll retrain your tongue to produce those sounds accurately, using tricks from opera singers and actors. Next, you'll begin to tackle words, and connect sounds and spellings to imagery, rather than translations, which will enable you to think in a foreign language. And with the help of sophisticated spaced-repetition techniques, you'll be able to memorize hundreds of words a month in minutes every day. Soon, you'll gain the ability to learn grammar and more difficult abstract words--without the tedious drills and exercises of language classes and grammar books. This is brain hacking at its most exciting, taking what we know about neuroscience and linguistics and using it to create the most efficient and enjoyable way to learn a foreign language in the spare minutes of your day.