Dell Essay

51722 Words Feb 12th, 2012 207 Pages
Lisa Mojsin, M.A.
Director, Accurate English, Inc. Los Angeles, CA

This book is dedicated to my accent reduction students who came to the United States from all parts of the globe. Their drive to excel, passion for learning, amazing work ethic, and belief in the American dream have inspired me to write this book. In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Thanks to all of the supportive and extremely professional people at Barron’s: Dimitry Popow, my editor; Wayne Barr for seeking me out to write this book; and Veronica Douglas for her support. I am enormously grateful to Lou Savage, “The Voice.” His is the beautiful male voice on the
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n fun 9 /ɔ/as in saw 10 /oʊ/ as in boat 12 /ʊ/ as in good 13 /u/ as in too 13 /ɘr/ as in bird 15 /aɪ/ as in time 15 /aʊ/ as in house 16 /ɔɪ/ as in boy 17

Chapter 2: Vowels in Detail 18
Review of /I/ and /i/ Sounds 18 Review of /ɛ/ and /æ/ Sounds 19 Review of /ɘ/, /ɑ/, /ɔ/, and /ou/ Sounds 20 The Problematic o 21 The American /ɔ/ Sound 23 Review of /ɛ/, /æ/, /ɑ/, /ɔ/, /ɘ/, and /oʊ/ 25 Review of /ʊ/ and /u/ Sounds 25 Comparing /u/ and /yu/ 26 Review of the /ɘr/ Sound 27 Vowels Followed by the /r/ Sound 27

Chapter 3: Consonants 29
Forming American Consonants 29 Voiceless and Voiced Consonants 30 Vowel Length and Voiced and Voiceless Consonants 31 Stops and Continuants 33

Chapter 4: Problematic Consonants 34
The Various t Sounds of American English 34 The “Fast d” Sound 38 The /tʃr/ Sound: tr 39 The /dʒr/ Sound: dr 39 The /dʒ/ Sound: du and d + y 40 The /tʃ/ Sound: tu and t + y 40 iii Words Ending in -ed 41 The th Sound 44 The American /r/ 48 The American /l/ 50 Understanding /l/ Versus /r/ 52 The /v/ Sound 54 Understanding /b/ Versus /v/ 55 The /w/ Sound 56 Understanding /v/ Versus /w/ 58 The /s/ and /z/ Sounds 59 The /ŋg/ Sound: Pronouncing ng 62 Consonant Clusters 63

Chapter 5: Syllable Stress 66
Stressed and Reduced Vowels 66 Dangers of Stressing the Wrong Syllable 68 General Rules for Stress Placement 69 Two-Syllable Words 69 Noun and Verb Pairs 70 Words Ending in -tion and -ate 71 -ate Endings of Verbs and Nouns 71 More Stressed Suffixes 72 Rules for

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