American Accent Training for IT Professionals

This course teaches Information Technology professionals how to communicate clearly and effectively in American English.
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Published 8/2012 English

Course Description

What you will learn in your American Accent for IT Professionals course

The American Accent for IT Professionals course is designed for:

  • developers
  • programmers
  • enterprise architects
  • consultants

who work in North America or with North American companies.

The course content is geared specifically to the needs of IT professionals who want to communicate clearly, share their ideas and make contributions in the IT industry.

The lessons feature relevant vocabulary

In the American Accent for IT Professionals course I've organized the lessons that have worked most effectively with the people in my coaching program.

  • You'll learn to pronounce 120+ IT vocabulary words clearly & correctly
  • You'll learn to pronounce IT industry sentences with a clear & engaging pace
  • You'll learn exactly how IT leaders speak with clarity & influence
  • You'll learn rules & patterns for speech that's easy for Americans to understand

You'll have access to the very same lessons for American style communication that I use in my coaching program.

Go to lecture 3 to hear the full story on why I developed this course.

Course materials

Course materials are currently a mix of video, PDF and audio files. I'm continually making updates to the course. I'll notify you when new lessons are ready for you.

Video case studies

The video case studies that you'll use in this course are powerful way for you to learn exactly how IT industry leaders including:

  • Steve Jobs
  • Vic Gundotra
  • Eric Schmidt
  • Padmasree Warrior

and many other men and women in IT speak with great clarity and influence.

Video case studies are downloadable lessons. My coaching clients find the video case studies to be a highly effective and inspiring way to practice their speaking.

Course timeline

Accent change takes time and repetition. That's why I recommend that you take each lesson at least two times. Three times is even better!

Since each lesson builds on the previous, you'll notice that there's repetition built in.

However, you must experience each lesson more than once in order to internalize the rules and patterns for speaking clear that you'll learn.

Please plan on spending 6-8 weeks working in this course.

Why, how & practice

For every rule of spoken American English you learn in this course:

  • I'll explain why you need to learn it.
  • Then I'll show you how to apply it.
  • Then we'll practice each rule & pattern using IT industry phrases & sentences

Immediate application

Since you'll be learning to say words and sentences that are relevant to the IT industry including:

  • developer
  • programmer
  • enterprise
  • database
  • algorithm

you'll be able to use the skills you'll learn in this course right away.

Proven methods

These are the very same lessons that I use with my private clients, so I know they work.

If you're an IT professional who's been trying to improve the way you communicate in American English, I know that you'll be really excited by the speaking skills you'll learn in this course.

Let's get started!

Susan Ryan

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have a strong command of English reading and writing.
  • Students should work in or with companies in North America.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Pronounce 150 IT industry words clearly & correctly
  • Speak with an engaging & friendly tone
  • Use techniques used by great speakers to communicate with influence
  • Pronounce numbers clearly & correctly
  • Apply fundamental pronunciation rules to other words

What is the target audience?

  • Non native speakers of American English who work as programmers, developers and IT consultants

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Course
02:45

Find our who this course is for and who should take this course in this short video introduction.

03:33
This is the audio file to accompany the PDF titled Why I Developed This Course.
3 pages

Learn how my experiences helping international IT professionals speak with Americans led me to develop this course.


05:31
Listen to this audio file along with the PDF titled: Why Do You Speak English With A Foreign Accent?


Here's an article that may be of interest to you-

Why the Brain Doubts a Foreign Accent, from Scientific American

Non-native accents make speech more difficult for native speakers to understand. This means that the native's brain needs to work harder to process the message. When the brain has to work so hard it causes the listener to doubt the accuracy of what was said by the non native speaker.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-brain-doubts-accent

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Why Do You Speak English With a Foreign Accent? If you were born outside of the United States or Canada, you probably have a foreign accent when you speak American English. You may have trouble communicating easily with North Americans. Before we begin your course, let's talk about why you have an a…
04:28

Listen to this audio file as you view the PDF titled 15 Challenging Words for IT Professionals.

In my experience coaching IT professionals to speak with an American accent, I've found that most people say these 15 words incorrectly due to syllable stress errors.

Remember that American born listeners won't understand what you are saying if you don't stress vowels in syllables the same way that they do.

15 Challenging Words for IT Professionals
2 pages
Section 2: The 15 American English Vowel Sounds
04:30

In this video I use a graphic to introduce you to the 15 American English vowel sounds. 

Pronouncing clear vowel sounds in stressed syllables is one of the best ways to make sure Americans will understand you. You will learn a lot more about stress in the following lessons.

This is an important lesson so take your time with it. 

Another excellent resource for learning the American English vowel sounds is the Color Vowel Chart. Click each color to hear the corresponding vowel sound.


07:22
Click to open this audio file in a new tab. 
Then listen and repeat each word using the corresponding text below titled Color Vowel Words for IT.
4 pages

In this lesson you will use 45 words commonly used in IT to practice the American English vowel sounds.

This text corresponds to the audio file titled Color Vowel Words for IT.

Section 3: The Schwa Vowel Sound
02:32

Watch this short video to learn more about the schwa vowel sound. You must use this sound when you speak American English!

07:41
Listen to this audio file on the most common vowel sound in spoken English. The PDF file titled The Schwa Vowel Sound corresponds with this audio.
Using Syllable Stress & the Schwa Vowel Sound
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4 questions

Choose the best answer to each question about American English vowel sounds.

Section 4: Notable Non-native Speaker~Vic Gundotra
4 pages

Download this Video Case Study of Vic Gundotra to your computer.

Watch the video along with the text. This will enable you to hear and observe how clearly Vic pronounces each word.

Be sure to listen to Vic's vowel length and melody. He is one of the best non native American English speakers that I've heard.

Section 5: Focus Words & Pauses
04:40

Click to open this audio file in a new tab. 

Then follow along the  audio as you read the following text lesson titled Focus Words & Pauses. 

This lesson will help you learn to speak American English with clarity and a good pace. 
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Use this text lesson titled Focus Words & Pauses as you listen to the audio file above.
02:23
Listen to these instructions before you go on to the next series of lessons. This audio corresponds with the PDF titled Focus Word Sentences for IT (HOW TO).
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This short HOW TO lesson will prepare you for the next series of lessons.  

Please read this carefully so that you can get the most out of your upcoming lessons on Focus Words for IT Professionals.

8 questions
Choose the correct answer regarding which words get stressed in a sentence.
Section 6: Focus Word Sentences With Front Vowel Sounds
07:16

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen to the audio with the following lesson~ Sentences for IT Professionals Vowel 1 /iy/ as in Green.

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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have a stressed /iy/ as in Green vowel sound. Your words include:

  • engineer
  • appreciate
  • ideas
  • release

You'll practice saying each word two times using the correct syllable stress pattern.

Then you'll say each word in an IT related sentence.

You may be surprised at how many of these words you're currently mispronouncing. But don't worry. We'll fix that in this lesson.

06:58

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen to the audio with the following lesson~ Sentences for IT Professionals Vowel 2 /I/ as in Silver.

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In this lesson you will practice sentences with words including administer, connectivity & integrate.  

All of these words have the stressed vowel sound /I/ as in Silver.
06:38

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen to the audio with the following lesson~ Sentences for IT Professionals Vowel 3 /ey/ as in Gray.

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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have a stressed /ey/ as in Gray vowel sound. Your words include:

  • domain
  • data
  • beta
  • maintenance

You'll practice saying each word two times using the correct syllable stress pattern.

Then you'll say each word in an IT related sentence.

These are words that many international IT professionals mispronounce. Let's fix that for you!

05:04

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Then follow along the audio as you read the following text lesson titled Focus Word Sentences Red.
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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have a stressed /ɛ/ as in Red vowel sound. Your words include:

  • enterprise
  • development
  • executive
  • competitive

You'll practice saying each word two times using the correct syllable stress pattern.

Then you'll say each word in an IT related sentence.

These are words that most international IT professionals mispronounce. Let's fix that for you!

04:15

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen to the audio with the following lesson~ Sentences for IT Professionals Vowel 5 /æ/ as in Black.

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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have a stressed /ae/ as in Black vowel sound. Your words include:

  • analysis
  • valuable
  • patent
  • algorithm
  • Apache

You'll practice saying each word two times using the correct syllable stress pattern.

Then you'll say each word in an IT related sentence.

These are words that most international IT professionals mispronounce. Let's fix that right now!

03:09

Are you ready to review the vowel sounds that you learned in this Chapter?

This software tutorial shows you how to articulate the American English front vowel sounds.

The diagrams are from the Phonetics website.


Section 7: Notable Speaker Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt
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Section 8: Product Names
06:15

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen with the following lesson, Product Names for IT.

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In this lesson you'll learn to say common IT product names with the correct syllable stress & vowel sound.

Your words include:

  • Dropbox
  • Adobe
  • Amazon
  • Oracle
Section 9: Focus Word Sentences with Central Vowel Sounds
02:21

Before you start this Chapter, let's review the articulation of the central vowel sounds.

This software tutorial shows you how to articulate the American English central vowel sounds.

The diagrams I use for the tutorial are from the Phonetics website.



03:45

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen to the audio with the following lesson, Sentences for IT Pros /ɝ/ as in Purple

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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have a stressed /ɝ/ as in Purple vowel sound. Your words include:

  • alternative
  • world
  • version

You'll practice saying each word two times using the correct syllable stress pattern.

Then you'll say each word in an IT related sentence.

03:21

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen to the audio with the following lesson~ Sentences for IT Professionals Vowel 7 /ʌ/ as in Mustard.

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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have a stressed /ʌ/ as in Mustard vowel sound. Your words include:

  • consult
  • consultant
  • recover
  • bugs

You'll practice saying each word two times using the correct syllable stress pattern.

Then you'll say each word in an IT related sentence.

05:24

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen to the audio with the following lesson~ Sentences for IT Professionals Vowel /ɑ/ as in Olive.

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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have a stressed /a/ as in Olive vowel sound. Words include:

  • technology
  • technological
  • optimize
  • processes

You'll practice saying each word two times using the correct syllable stress pattern.

Then you'll say each word in an IT related sentence.

These are words that most international IT professionals mispronounce. Let's fix that for you!

Section 10: Notable Speaker Steve Jobs
Video Case Study~Steve Jobs
5 pages
Section 11: Focus Word Sentences with Back Vowel Sounds
03:14

Before we begin this chapter, let's review the back vowel sounds in American English.

This software tutorial shows you how to articulate the American English back vowel sounds.

The diagrams are from the Phonetics website.

03:28

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Then follow along the audio as you read the following text lesson titled Focus Word Sentences Blue & Wood.
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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have a stressed /uʷ/ as in Blue vowel sound. Your words include:

  • approval
  • solution
  • opportunity
  • entrepreneur

You'll practice saying each word two times using the correct syllable stress pattern.

Then you'll say each word in an IT related sentence.

These are words that international IT professionals often mispronounce. Let's fix that for you!

01:51

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen to the audio with the following lesson~ Sentences for IT Professionals Vowel 10 /ʊ/ as in Wood.

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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have a stressed /ʊ/ as in Wood vowel sound. Your words include:
  • cookies
  • understood
  • good

You'll practice saying each word two times using a nice relaxed /ʊ/ sound.

Then you'll say each word in an IT related sentence.

05:12

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen to the audio with the following lesson~ Sentences for IT Professionals Vowel 11 /oʷ/ as in Rose.

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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have a stressed /oʷ/ as in Rose vowel sound. Your words include:

  • programmer
  • motivate
  • negotiate
  • control

You'll practice saying each word two times using the correct syllable stress pattern.

Then you'll say each word in an IT related sentence.

Believe it or not, these are words that most international IT professionals mispronounce. Let's fix that for you!

Section 12: Notable Non Native Speaker Sergey Brin
6 pages

Download this Video Case Study of Sergey Brin to your computer.


Use the marked text to follow along as you listen to the short video of Sergey talking about Google Books. Observe how Sergey uses clear syllable stress in the word list.


Then practice saying the words out loud. This is an excellent way to practice your American speech.

Section 13: Focus Word Sentences with Diphthongs
02:45

Learn to articulate the American diphthongs using the University of Iowa Phonetics website.

Before we begin this chapter, let's review the American English diphthongs.

Remember that these sounds are extra long!

The diagrams are from the Phonetics website.

03:43

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen to the audio with the following lesson~ Sentences for IT Professionals Vowel 12 /aʷ/ as in Brown.

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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have a stressed /aʷ/ as in Brown vowel sound. Your words include:

  • download
  • browser
  • log out
  • shut down

You'll practice saying each word two times using the correct syllable stress pattern.

Then you'll say each word in an IT related sentence.

This lesson also contains many important phrasal verbs.

04:14

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen to the audio with the following lesson~ Sentences for IT Professionals Vowel 14 /aᵞ/ as in White.

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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have a stressed /ay/ as in White vowel sound. Your words include:
  • environment
  • design
  • devices
  • Microsoft

You'll practice saying each word two times using the correct syllable stress pattern.

Then you'll say each word in an IT related sentence.

The /ay/ sound is one of our longest vowel sounds. Don’t hesitate to make it nice and long.

03:26

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen to the audio with the following lesson~ Sentences for IT Professionals Vowel 15 /ɔᵞ/ as in Turquoise.

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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have a stressed /ɔᵞ/ as in Turquoise vowel sound. Your words include:

  • employed
  • appointment
  • deployed

You'll practice saying each word two times using the correct syllable stress pattern.

Then you'll say each word in an IT industry sentence.

Section 14: Pronouncing Numbers
09:03
Use this audio file with the PDF titled Pronouncing Numbers
476.6 kB

In this lesson you will learn some important rules for pronouncing numbers correctly. 

You will learn to pronounce numbers in a way that will allow American listeners to understand you every time!

Job Interview Dialog with Numbers
01:07
1 page
Download this dialog and use it with the following audio file titled Job Interview Dialog with Numbers.
01:28
Use this audio with the PDF lesson titled Number Dialogs
32.0 kB

In this lesson you will have a chance to practice pronouncing numbers in two dialogs. The first dialog is a review from the previous lesson. The second dialog is new.

 means RISING intonation

 means FALLING intonation

Section 15: More Syllable Stress Patterns for IT
01:59

This lesson will show you how Americans pronounce abbreviations including HD, HTML & CEO.

03:27

Listen to the audio with the following lesson~ Abbreviations for IT Pros.

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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences are abbreviations & initialisms. Your words include:

  • CTO
  • HTML
  • IBM
  • SAP

There's an important rule you need to know in order to say these clearly.

You'll learn that rule in this lesson.

06:20

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen to the audio with the following lesson~ Phrasal Verbs for IT Pros.

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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs are words such as:

  • log in
  • log on
  • sign in
  • turn off

There are two rules you need to know if you want to say these words clearly and correctly.

You'll learn those rules in this lesson.

08:48

Listen to this audio as you learn to pronounce the compound nouns correctly in the next lecture.

Compound Nouns for IT Pros
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5 questions

You learned that phrasal verbs must be stressed on the second part of the word.

Compound nouns are stressed on the first part of the word.

Read the sentences in this quiz and choose which are marked correctly for stress.

Section 16: Problematic Consonant Sounds
02:05

In this movie I use the Phonetics software to show you the difference between the /w/ sound and the /v/ sound. German, Indian. Russian and Turkish speakers usually need help with the /w/ sound.

02:04

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen to the audio with the following lesson The W Sound for IT Professionals.

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The IT vocabulary words in these sentences have a nice round /w/ sound.

You'll learn to articulate the /w/ sound correctly in this lesson.

1 page
If you are a Turkish, Russian, Polish, German or Indian language speaker you'll need to work on your /w/ sounds. This lesson will help you do that using common phrases used in the IT environment.
Section 17: Pronouncing American Names
02:45

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Then follow along the audio as you read the following text lesson titled titled Men's Names.
3 pages
Do you know how to say the names of your American colleagues correctly? This lesson will show you how.
01:49

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Then follow along the audio as you read the following text lesson titled Women's Names in American English.
2 pages
Do you know how to say the names of your American female colleagues? This lesson will show you how.
00:46

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Then follow along the audio as you read the following text lesson titled American Names Dialog.
1 page
Practice saying the names you just learned in this short dialog.
Section 18: Practice Strategies
15 questions

As you learned in your course so far, one syllable in each word must be stressed for clear communication.

Choose which words in this quiz are written with the correct stress pattern.

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Instructor Biography

Susan Ryan, American Accent Coach

As an American accent coach, I've had the opportunity to teach hundreds of IT professionals to speak American English in a style that's:

  • ☝ clear
  • ☼ friendly
  • ✫ engaging
  • ☆ influential

I'll provide you with honest, critical and very specific feedback on your communication style as you:

  • ~ practice your pitch
  • ~ prepare for a key job interview
  • ~ present & sell to stakeholders
  • ~ manage customer meetings
  • ~ start your sales process

As Peter Guber says: "More and more, success is won by creating compelling stories that have the power to move people to action. Simply put, if you can’t tell it, you can’t sell it."

If you've realized that your American English is not at the level you need it to be and you're really serious about making noticeable changes, contact me using one of the icons above.

Let me put my skills and experience to work for YOU as you grow your company and move up in your career!

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