American Accent Training for IT Professionals
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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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Created by Susan Ryan
Last updated 1/2017
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Includes:
  • 25 mins on-demand video
  • 2.5 hours on-demand audio
  • 24 Articles
  • 16 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Pronounce 150 IT industry words clearly & correctly using the correct syllable stress.
  • Speak with an engaging & friendly pace
  • Use techniques used by great speakers including Steve Jobs and Vic Gundotra to communicate with influence
  • Pronounce numbers clearly & correctly
  • Apply fundamental syllable stress and pronunciation rules to hundreds of related words
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Requirements
  • Students should have a STRONG command of English reading and writing.
  • Students should work for companies in North America.
  • This course focuses on how using the correct syllable stress and intonation will enable you to speak clearly.
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

Who is the target audience?
  • Non native speakers of American English who work as programmers, developers and IT consultants
  • Students should have a STRONG command of written English.
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Curriculum For This Course
88 Lectures
04:28:16
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Introduction to the Course
7 Lectures 18:45

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

Preview 02:45

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

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


Preview 3 pages

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

Preview 05:31

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…
IT Professionals: Why You Have an Accent When You Speak American English
02:28

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.

Preview 04:28

15 Challenging Words for IT Professionals
2 pages
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The 15 American English Vowel Sounds
3 Lectures 11:52

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.


Vowel Graphic
04:30

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.
Syllable Stress Rules for IT Vocabulary
07:22

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.

Syllable Stress Rules for IT Vocabulary
4 pages
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The Schwa Vowel Sound
3 Lectures 12:10

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

The Schwa Sound
02:32

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
07:41

Using Syllable Stress & the Schwa Vowel Sound
01:57

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

Vowel Sounds Quiz
4 questions
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Notable Non-native Speaker~Vic Gundotra
1 Lecture 00:00

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.

Notable Non-native Speaker~Vic Gundotra
4 pages
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Focus Words & Pauses
4 Lectures 08:18

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. 
Using Focus Words, Pauses & Intonation
04:40

Use this text lesson titled Focus Words & Pauses as you listen to the audio file above.
Using Focus Words, Pauses & Intonation
01:15

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).
Focus Word Sentences for IT (HOW TO)
02:23

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.

Focus Word Sentences for IT (HOW TO)
388.7 kB

Choose the correct answer regarding which words get stressed in a sentence.
Sentence Stress Quiz
8 questions
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Focus Word Sentences With Front Vowel Sounds
11 Lectures 38:22

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.

Sentences for IT Pros 1 /iy/ as in Green
07:16

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.

Preview 01:07

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.

Sentences for IT Pros 2 /I/ as in Silver
06:58

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.
Sentences for IT Pros 2 /I/ as in Silver
01:08

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.

Sentences for IT Pros 3 /ey/ as in Gray
06:38

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!

Preview 01:02

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.
Sentences for IT Pros 4 /ɛ/ as in Red
05:04

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!

Preview 00:53

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.

Sentences for IT Pros 5 /æ/ as in Black
04:15

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!

Preview 00:50

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.


Front Vowel Sounds Review
03:09
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Notable Speaker Eric Schmidt
1 Lecture 00:00
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Product Names
2 Lectures 07:16

Open this audio file in a new tab.

Listen with the following lesson, Product Names for IT.

Product Names For IT
06:15

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
Product Names for IT
01:01
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Focus Word Sentences with Central Vowel Sounds
7 Lectures 17:22

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.



Central Vowel Sounds Refresher
02:21

Open this audio file in a new tab.

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

Sentences for IT Pros 6 /ɝ/ as in Purple
03:45

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.

Sentences for IT Pros 6 /ɝ/ as in Purple
00:52

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.

Sentences for IT Pros 7 /ʌ/ as in Mustard
03:21

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.

Sentences for IT Pros 7 /ʌ/ as in Mustard
00:46

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.

Sentences for IT Pros 8 /ɑ/ as in Olive
05:24

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!

Preview 00:53
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Notable Speaker Steve Jobs
1 Lecture 00:00
Video Case Study~Steve Jobs
5 pages
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About the Instructor
Susan Ryan
4.6 Average rating
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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!