This combination book and an audio instructional program are designed to diminish the accents of men and women who speak English as their second language. It will help them speak standard American English with clarity, confidence, and accuracy. Specific exercises concentrate on vowel sounds, problematic consonants such as V, W, B, TH, and the American R, employ correct syllable stress, link words for smoother speech flow, use common word contractions such as won’t instead of will not, and more. Additional topics that often confuse ESL students are also discussed and explained. They include distinguishing between casual and formal speech, homophones (for instance, they’re and there), recognizing words with silent letters (comb, receipt, and others), and avoiding embarrassing pronunciation mistakes, such as mixing up party and potty. Students are familiarized with many irregular English spelling rules and exceptions and are shown how such irregularities can contribute to pronunciation errors. A native languag
e guide references problematic accent issues of 13 different language backgrounds. Correct lip and tongue positions for all sounds are discussed in detail. Enclosed with the book are four compact discs that use male and female voices to coach correct American-style pronunciation.
Lisa Mojsin has been teaching accent reduction in Los Angeles for over twenty years. She is director of Accurate English, an accent reduction training company. (accurateenglish.com) She specializes in working with actors in Hollywood, TV announcers, and business professionals for whom correct pronunciation is a must. She is passionate about helping non-native speakers of English communicate confidence, clarity, and accuracy.
Her typical non-entertainment industry clients are foreign-born physicians, lawyers, software engineers and corporate professionals.
She has a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She taught at Santa Monica College, West Los Angeles College, and UCLA-Extension. She also taught in China, Germany, and New Zealand and has worked as an interpreter in France and for the Olympic Games.
She developed a passion for accents and correct pronunciation when she was getting her bachelor’s degree in French and German from UCLA.
She speaks five languages.