Worth the money: Rebecca is an awesome teacher, I have gone through her accent program and have benefited a lot, this book is a must have for someone who wants to sound like a native speaker!! The tips and tricks are super helpful!!
All you need to improve your pronunciation: This book is a real game changer. It outlines all the important topics to improve your pronunciation as a foreigner. It is well researched and written and a great compendium for anyone who wants to improve their pronunciation. In school, my teacher would sometimes say, "Your pronunciation is wrong". Well, if I had this book at the time, he would have had no reason to complain. Well done, Rebecca.
A great compendium of info on American English pronunciation: This book is based on Ms. Bower's clinical experience as a speech therapist and also her one-on-one sessions of accent correction and modification. The book is divided into five major parts. After a general introduction to speech and accents in Part 1, the book delves into the detailed explanation of English consonants and vowels in Part 2 and 3 respectively. Part 4 is comprised of a single chapter on "exceptions" and finally the last part addresses advanced topics such as stress patterns and intonation. Not surprisingly a good part of the book is focused on English vowels and consonants. Each chapter focuses on a single sound and a group of similar sounds where common pronunciations are presented. Minimal pairs tables are used throughout the book to show why mispronounced sounds could create communication issues. There are lots of materials offered in each chapter that readers can use to correct their pronunciation.
Although the book is a great help in fixing pronunciation mistakes, the first step should be: what are YOUR mistakes that make your speech hard to understand or give it a foreign accent. That's where the author's one-one-one sessions prove to be very important. In my case, I knew some specifically English sounds such as "the" or "w" are challenging for me, but I never knew that for example, I'm devoicing final /z/ into /s/ creating a very noticeable accent problem. In short, a great book to have as your accent correction workbook, but if you are serious about getting rid of that accent, consider accent coaching sessions with Mrs. Bower as well.
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The PROactive Pronunciation System: A complete English pronunciation course bundled conveniently in one book!
Have you ever tried to correct a word you’ve mispronounced, only to be told by a friend, nope, that’s not quite it? Have you ever been frustrated because you can’t actually tell the difference between some English sounds, and your native-English-speaking friends can’t explain what they are doing to make the sound because they have no clue either? Can you hear and pronounce the differences in the words “pill, peel, Paul, pal, pail, pile, pool, pull, poll," with confidence? The problem is that just repeating native speakers does not always help. Repetition is not the answer when you can’t hear the difference to begin with!
English pronunciation instructor, international dialect instructor, and Speech-Language Pathologist, Rebecca Bower has unveiled the hidden mysteries of English pronunciation in English Pronunciation Secrets. She has created a comprehensive simple-to-follow audio guide to achieve clear North American English pronunciation. If your goal is to learn the secrets of how native North American English speakers actually pronounce the English language and to master those skills for yourself, then this is the book for you! This guide is designed to help you speak with more precise and clear General North American English pronunciation. Unlock the secrets in this book so you can finally speak English with clarity and confidence.
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