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Introduction
by Barron's

Which American Accent Will This Book Teach Me?
You will learn to produce the standard American accent. Some people also call it "broad-
caster English." It's the kind of standard, neutral speech that you hear on CNN and in edu-
cated circles. It's a non-regional American accent, meaning that people do not associate the
dialect with any particular part of the United States. It is the accent most commonly asso-
ciated with educated people in the American East, Midwest, and West.
How Should I Practice?
Listen to the recorded material over and over. You will hear words and sentences pronounced
followed by a pause for you to repeat after the speaker. You may want to record yourself
repeating so that you can compare your accent to the accents of the speakers on this audio.
Then practice the new sounds in real-life situations.
There are numerous study tips throughout the book, both from the writer and from her
many successful students who have greatly improved their American accent. For an indi-
vidual professional analysis of your accent which will help you to study accent reduction
more efficiently and tell you which sections of this book you should focus on most, please
contact us at 1-800-871-1317 or visit our website at: masteringtheamericanaccent.com.

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