Acquire an American Accent
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Acquire an American Accent

Learn to pronounce words clearly and precisely with less effort without having to repeat what you say.
4.4 (16 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
103 students enrolled
Created by Rebecca Linquist
Last updated 4/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Clarify specific sounds that are challenging to you
  • Demonstrate awareness of your individual speech patterns
  • Identify carry-over qualities from your first language that impact your pronunciation of American English
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Requirements
  • Students should speak English at a minimum of an intermediate level before taking this course. More fluent students will also benefit. Those born in the US with foreign-born parents may also benefit.
Description

This American Accent course is an overview of some of the most common speech problems people not born in the US face when speaking American English.

  • It offers specific examples and a targeted analysis of how English is spoken in the US as compared to how articulation might occur in other languages.
  • Students learn to identify their own carry-over patterns from other languages that may impact their ability to be understood the first time when speaking in American English.
  • Students also learn how to accelerate change so they can speak more clearly and effectively with less effort.
  • Chinese, Indian, and European first language speakers as well Japanese, Korean, and Russian speakers learn what which vowels are most important to focus on.
  • The course includes a vowel chart placement and a list of all 23 vowels in American English, with example words for reference, taken from Rebecca's personalized coaching program.
  • Quizzes accompany each lesson to ensure the material is clear.
  • Best practices, strategies and techniques to enact and sustain change are explored.
Enjoy this course of insights from an American Accent Coach of hundreds of clients from diverse languages worldwide. She imparts knowledge of what is known to work best, what students may not realize about their own speech, and how to stay motivated and focused throughout the journey!
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for people born outside the United States who speak English and would like to speak more clearly, effectively, and powerfully with less effort.
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How to Acquire an American Accent
5 Lectures 54:39

This is an introduction to the program and helps viewers learn how to get the most out of the lectures to apply what is learned.

Preview 12:58

Learn how the vowels you use define your accent, can make you sound clearer or less clear, and also help slow your pace.

American Vowel Sounds
13:42

Test your knowledge of how to use vowel sounds in American English. Which sounds are the most challenging? What should you do to accelerate your learning?

Vowel Sounds
8 questions

In the Speech Patterns lecture, we look at how pronunciation issues don't happen in isolation. Identifying underlying patterns is the key to creating sustainable change. Once students know their specific issues, it is much easier to correct them systematically. Creating speech samples and examining them for various types of patterns is discussed as well as how to go about enacting change and monitoring progress.

Speech Patterns
10:36

Speech Pattern Recognition
8 questions

Learn how the qualities from your first language affect your speech in American English, and you may not even be aware of these influences.

Carry-over Qualities from other Languages
13:33

Carry-over Qualities from other Languages
8 questions

Now that you have learned much about the American Accent, this lecture gives you ample suggestions for your continued practice and improvement.

Best Practices
03:50
About the Instructor
Rebecca Linquist
4.4 Average rating
16 Reviews
103 Students
1 Course
American Accent Coach & Linguist

I am a passionate linguist and American Accent & Speech Coach in northern California's Silicon Valley (and have been for nearly 10 years.) In that time, I've met clients of many first languages including numerous Indian languages, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Indonesian, Arabic, and many more. Through those interactions (and hours of speech analysis), I have learned to help clients accelerate change in their speech in a sustainable and profound way. I look forward to sharing this knowledge and many techniques and strategies with non-native speakers of American English to wish to speak with more clarity and confidence. I'm the founder of EnglishbytheHour, offering coaching and group sessions to professionals and executives throughout the world.