American English for Success in Business

A comprehensive American Accent course to help you master American English.
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Instructed by Jolinda Osborne Language / English
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  • Lectures 37
  • Length 6.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2013 English

Course Description

Are you ready to master your spoken English and advance your career?

Sound American is designed for professionals and students who are serious about speaking English with accuracy, clarity and confidence.

After taking this comprehensive course, you will know how to produce all of the sounds of American English, pronounce work-related vocabulary and idiomatic expressions, use accurate pronunciation grammar, and speak with an American intonation.

You will have the confidence to speak up in meetings, present your good ideas, influence your coworkers, win over your customers, and fully participate in conversations with your American friends and colleagues.

What are the requirements?

  • Functional knowledge of English

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over six hours of video instruction and demonstrations with master teacher Jolinda Osborne
  • Lessons that show you how to pronounce each of the 43 sounds of American English
  • Drawings to illustrate the correct mouth position for each sound
  • Troubleshooting instruction to fix common pronunciation mistakes
  • Practice exercises to fine-tune your pronunciation of commonly used words at work
  • Sentences, idiomatic phrases and dialogues to master American intonation and rhythm
  • Pronunciation rules to ensure that your speech is grammatically correct
  • "Speak like an American" tips so that your speech is fluid and natural
  • Downloadable PDF booklets of all lessons: Over 200 pages of instructional material for many more hours of practice
  • -International Phonetic Alphabet provides a methodology for accurate listening and pronunciation
  • The course is optimized for tablets, smart phones and computers. Study anywhere. Anytime!

What is the target audience?

  • Professionals and students who want to significantly improve their spoken American English

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Getting Started
How to get the Most from this Course
Preview
1 page
Articulators and Articulation Points
1 page
Voiced and Voiceless Sounds
1 page
Section 2: Plosives (Consonants)
Plosives Introduction
Preview
1 page
14:10
Voiceless [p] and Voiced [b]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to:

  • Correctly pronounce [p] and [b]
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems
  • Pronounce [p] and [b] in contrast pairs and words at work
  • Identify when p and b are silent in words
  • Pronounce difficult blends: [pl] [pr] [bl] [br]
  • Improve intonation with phrases and idioms containing [p] or [b]
19:37
Voiceless [t] and Voiced [d]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce [t] and [d]
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems
  • Pronounce [t] and [d] in contrast pairs and words at work
  • Pronounce difficult blends: [pl] [pr] [bl] [br]
  • Master the pronunciation rule for the ed ending
  • Apply a “speak like an American” pronunciation tip
17:28
Voiceless [k] and Voiced [g]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce [k] and [g]
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems
  • Pronounce [k] and [g] in contrast pairs and words at work
  • Master the pronunciation rule for the letter x
  • Pronounce difficult blends [kl] [kr] [gl] [gr] [kt] [gz] [kw] [gd]
12:33
Plosives Review

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Fine-tune your pronunciation of the six plosive sounds
  • Practice the sounds naturally in sentences
  • Correctly pronounce the different ed endings
  • Improve your intonation with phrases and idioms
Section 3: Fricatives (Consonants)
Fricatives Introduction
2 pages
16:38
Voiceless [s] and Voiced [z]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce [s] and [z]
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems with [s] and [z]
  • Pronounce [s] and [z] in contrast pairs and words at work
  • Pronounce difficult blends [str] [skr] [sts] [dz]
  • Correctly pronounce the letter s at the end of words
  • Improve intonation with phrases and idioms
19:48
Voiceless [θ] and voiced [ð]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce [θ] and [ð]
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems with [θ] and [ð]
  • Pronounce [θ] and [ð] in contrast pairs and words at work
  • Determine which “th” sound to use in words with the letters th
  • Correctly pronounce the word "the" before consonants and vowels
  • Improve intonation with phrases and idioms
20:31
Voiceless [s] and voiced [z]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce [s] and [z]
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems with [s] and [z]
  • Pronounce [s] and [z] in contrast pairs and words at work
  • Pronounce difficult blends [str] [skr] [sts] [dz]
  • Correctly pronounce the letter s at the end of words
  • Improve intonation with phrases and idioms
11:39
Voiceless [ʃ] and voiced [ʒ]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce [ʃ] and [ʒ]
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems with [ʃ] and [ʒ]
  • Pronounce [ʃ] and [ʒ] in contrast pairs and words at work
  • Improve intonation with phrases and idioms
06:09

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce the [h] sound
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems with [h]
  • Pronounce [h] in familiar words at work
  • Improve intonation in sentences with [h]
16:58
Fricatives Review

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Fine-tune your pronunciation of the nine fricative sounds
  • Practice the sounds naturally in sentences
  • Correctly pronounce ordinal numbers that contain [θ]
  • Improve your intonation with a work-related dialogue
Section 4: Glides / Laterals (Voiced Consonants)
Glides Introduction
1 page
12:14
[w]

After completing this lesson, you will be know how to

  • Correctly pronounce the [w] sound
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems with [w]
  • Pronounce [w] in contrast pairs and words at work
  • Determine when the letter w is silent
  • Master intonation of interrogative questions
16:31
[r]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce [r]
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems with [r]
  • Pronounce [r] in contrast pairs and words at work
  • Pronounce troublesome blends: [pr] [br] [tr] [dr]
    [fr] [kr] [gr] [rz]
  • Voice [r] in common phrases and idioms
15:40
[ l ]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to:

  • Correctly pronounce the [ l ] sound
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems with [ l ]
  • Distinguish and produce the “clear” and “dark” [ l ]
  • Pronounce [ l ] in contrast pairs and words at work
  • Pronouce a more American [ l ] sound after [ t, d, n ]
  • Improve intonation with phrases and idioms
08:21
[ j ]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce the [ j ] sound
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems with [ j ]
  • Pronounce [ j ] in contrast pairs and words at work
  • Improve intonation in sentences containing the [ j ] sound
13:19
Glides Review

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Fine-tune your pronunciation of the four glide sounds
  • Pronounce the sounds naturally in words appearing in sentences
  • Improve your intonation and rhythm through a workplace dialogue
  • Pronounce glide sounds as they appear in tongue twisters
Section 5: Nasals (Voiced Consonants)
Nasals Introduction
1 page
17:14
[m], [n] and [ŋ]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce [m] [n] and [ŋ]
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems
  • Pronounce [m] [n] and [ŋ] in contrast pairs and words at work
  • Determine when [k] is pronounced after [ŋ]
  • Distinguish [ŋ] and [ŋg] using a pronunciation rule
  • Improve intonation with sentences, phrases and idioms
Section 6: Consonant Blends
Intro to Consonant Blends
1 page
10:24
[ʧ] and [ʤ]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce [ʧ] and [ʤ]
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems with [ʧ] and [ʤ]
  • Pronounce [ʧ] and [ʤ] in contrast pairs and words at work
  • Improve your intonation in phrases, idioms and sentences
    containing words with [ʧ] and [ʤ]
Section 7: Word Stress
13:22
Word Stress

Words of two or more syllables require that one of those syllables be stressed (emphasized). A word is considered mispronounced if the stress is incorrect.

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Pronounce combination nouns
  • Demonstrate the rules for two-syllable word stress
  • Pronounce polysyllabic words
  • Understand why the stress may shift in identically spelled words
  • Fine-tune word stress and intonation in sentences
Section 8: Front Vowels
Intro to Front Vowels
1 page
15:47
[ i ], [] and [ e ]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce the front vowel sounds [ i ] [] and [ e ]
  • Recognize the subtle differences among the vowel sounds
  • Produce the important blended sound [ɚ]
  • Master the front vowel sounds in words at work
  • Improve your intonation in phrases and idioms
15:13
[ɛ] and [æ]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce the front vowel sounds [ɛ] and [æ]
  • Troubleshoot a pronunciation problem with [æ]
  • Recognize the subtle differences among the vowel sounds
  • Produce the important blended sound [ɛɚ]
  • Master the front vowel sounds in words at work
  • Improve your intonation in phrases and idioms
Section 9: Back Vowels
Intro to Back Vowels
1 page
17:09
[ɑ], [ɔ] and [o]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce [ɑ], [ɔ] and [o]
  • Distinguish regional differences between [ɑ] and [ɔ]
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems with [ɑ], [ɔ] and [o]
  • Practice the sounds in contrast pairs and words at work
13:28
[u] and [ʊ]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce [u] and [ʊ]
  • Troubleshoot problems with [u] and [ʊ]
  • Distinguish [u] and [ʊ] in contrast pairs
  • Practice the sounds in phrases and idioms
  • Improve intonation with a dialogue
Section 10: Middle Vowels
Intro to Middle Vowels
1 page
15:15
[ʌ] [ə] and [ɝ] [ɚ]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce [ʌ] [ə] and [ɝ] [ɚ]
  • Understand the schwa [ə] usage
  • Troubleshoot problems with [ʌ] [ə] and [ɝ] [ɚ]
  • Distinguish the sounds in contrast pairs and words at work
  • Practice the sounds in phrases and idioms
Section 11: Vowel Blends / Diphthongs
Intro to Vowel Blends
1 page
17:19
] [ɑʊ] and [ɔ]

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Correctly pronounce ] [ɑʊ] and [ɔ]
  • Troubleshoot pronunciation problems with these blended sounds
  • Distinguish the blends in contrast pairs
  • Pronounce the sounds in words at work, phrases and idioms.
Section 12: Vowel Review
12:13
Vowels Review

Now that you have learned how to produce all of the American vowels, practice the front, back, middle, and blended vowels as they appear naturally in sentences and phrases.

After completing this lesson, you will know how to

  • Distinguish the subtle difference in the vowel sounds
  • Fine-tune your pronunciation of the front, back
    and middle vowels
  • Improve your intonation and rhythm through
    sentence practice

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Instructor Biography

Jolinda Osborne, American Accent Coach and Author

Jolinda Osborne is the Founder and President of Intercultural Communication Services, Inc. Since 1988, her mission has been to help individuals communicate effectively in order to succeed in their professional and personal lives. Jolinda has coached and trained executives, managers, engineers, physicians, scientists, and marketers in Fortune 500 companies and in other corporate, educational and government organizations.

Jolinda thrives on working with seasoned and new employees who are motivated to contribute their talents and expand their careers. She knows first-hand that when employees master American English, they gain confidence and respect, and they influence decisions and take on responsible roles in their organizations.

Clients respond to Jolinda’s teaching and coaching approach – comprehensive and relevant content combined with rigorous and encouraging support – so that the yquickly integrate what they learn and put it to use at work.

In addition to Sound American, Jolinda has authored Improve Your Spoken English and Pronunciation, as well as a series of books designed to teach American culture and expressions: Take the Bull by the Horns, Against All Odds, and Touch All the Bases.

Please visit: www.jolindaosborne.com, to learn more about Jolinda and her company, clients, products and mission.

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