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Understanding the American Accent Learnway™

The “road map” below explains the course of the American Accent Learnway.

The American Accent Learnway

On the left side of the road map, you can see a highway with four separate lanes intended to represent the learning areas of Syllabication, Tempo, Voice and Articulation - each an essential aspect of the American Accent. The highway then turns to the right to continue onto a bridge. The bridge represents the 100 most distinctive Vocal Patterns in the American Accent. The bridge also symbolizes crossing over from speaking English in the British tradition to speaking it the American way. At this point, I estimate that 75% of the Accent change journey has been covered. All of this is contained in Coursebook One: “The American Accent Learnway™ Cross the Bridge, Over the Divide”. A section is also provided in this first Coursebook on words that are differently used when speaking the American way. This Coursebook contains the accent sensitive Vocal Fidelity Phonetic System which is needed to learn and apply all that has been covered so far.

After the bridge, to the right, you will observe a winding road. This is meant to represent 200 very distinctive Vocal Patterns. These are less distinctive than the 100 most Vocal Patterns represented by the bridge earlier passed in the journey. These are covered in Coursebook Two: “The American Accent Learnway™ Together, On the Road Inland”. At the end of this road, I estimate you have been brought to about the 90% point of the Accent change journey.

The winding road leads to a mountain or summit which is meant to represent 300 clearly distinctive Vocal Patterns. These are less obviously different than the very distinctive Vocal Patterns represented by the winding road, but they are still definitively different and seem out of place to American ears. Yet, they are likely to escape the notice of those who learned their English outside America, and therefore can easily elude learning. This is covered in Coursebook Three: “The American Accent Learnway™ As One, On the Summit”. This last Coursebook closes the remaining accent gap as your accent merges into the American way of speaking English.

The above three Coursebooks are available at present only in paperback format.

For those who prefer to begin the Course in phases, Coursebook One has been divided into three ebook modules, as follows:

Module 1 covers required preliminary context, then the Syllabication and Tempo Lanes, under the title: “The American Accent Learnway™ Set the Right Foundation”. This first module by itself covers up to about 50% of the full journey.

Module 2 covers the Lanes of Voice and Articulation, under the title: “The American Accent Learnway™ Use the Essential Sounds”. This second module takes you from about the middle point to about the two-third point of the journey.

Module 3 introduces you to Vocal Patterns and covers the 100 most distinctive Vocal Patterns, under the title: “The American Accent Learnway™ Use American Vocal Patterns”. This third module takes you from about the two-third point to about the third-quarter point of the journey, up to the same point to which Coursebook One would also bring you.

The three modules of Coursebook One as described in the three paragraphs above are available only in ebook format.

After completing the three modules of Coursebook One, you can from this point proceed to Coursebook Two and then continue on to Coursebook Three to complete the full Course.

The unique advantages of the American Accent Learnway™

First, the American Accent Learnway™ has been built around the specially developed Vocal Fidelity Phonetic System which has accent sensitive features to enable you to observe the different, nuanced sounds that distinguish the American Accent from others. With simultaneous access to voice recordings of any word you would like to hear provided by on-line dictionaries of American English, such as Merriam Webster, you can read the accent sensitive transcriptions of American Vocal Patterns in the Course and then hear them vocalized on your phone.

Second, this Course provides you with a comprehensive dictionary-like listing of Vocal Patterns, organized according to learning priority, spanning the English vocabulary. Vocal Patterns enable people to learn the pronunciation of many words sharing a common Vocal Pattern in one go, instead of learning pronunciation, one word at a time. This has been developed exclusively as part of the American Accent Learnway™ to enable comprehensive Accent change and is available only on this accent learning Course. The list can be used to diagnose exactly which Vocal Patterns you vocalize differently and focus on learning these. You can also use the list to check how to vocalize specific Vocal Patterns you come across in similar sounding words whose pronunciation you are unsure about. With Vocal Patterns prioritized for learning on the basis of their distinctiveness and upon the frequency that they are heard, those with greater impact on accent can be learned earlier when following the Course.

Third, the entire Course is presented in order of learning priority, yielding the largest learning gains in the earlier stages of the Course with increasingly fine detail accomplished as you continue your progress through the three Coursebooks toward completion of the full journey. Thus, Syllabication, presented earlier, produces a quick, big shift, while Articulation, presented a bit later, achieves many little improvements that are more gradually achieved.

Click the link to see the Contents of Coursebook One:

It is worth noting here, that sometimes the terms Accent Neutral or Accent Neutralization are used to describe Accent Training. These terms refer to removing local effects from an Accent and inserting features that are associated with a global standard of spoken English. This Course does this thoroughly. It applies the global American standard of speaking, covering Syllabication, Tempo, Voice & Articulation, Vocal Patterns and more, to replace local Accent features and elements.

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