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I nt r oduct ion
I mpr ove Your Amer ican English Accentis an audio cour se designed t o help non- nat ives
under st and and pr oduce t he accent s of Nor t h Amer ican English speaker s. The cour se
consist s of six sessions on t hr ee compact disks and t his accompanying booklet , which
par allels t he inf or mat ion on t he disks. Your ar e st r ongly encour aged t o list en t o each
session a minimum of f ive t imes bef or e going on t o t he nex t session. Also t r y t o list en t o
each session at least three times bef ore you look at the corresponding text in this
booklet . (Many t imes new language lear ner s hear what t hey ex pect t o hear ; you may be
sur pr ised by what you lear n when you don\u2019t have ex pect at ions.)
Alt hough t he r ecor dings can be st udied on t heir own, t his wr it t en guide t o t he mat er ial
cover ed in t he audio sessions will help r einf or ce your under st anding. I t also ser ves as a
quick r ef er ence t o t he t r acks on t he t hr ee CDs.
I n t his guide, you will f ind summar ies of t he key inst r uct ion in each lesson, along wit h all
t he model wor ds, phr ases, and sent ences t o be r epeat ed (mar ked by\ue000). This booklet
also pr ovides t he quest ions and answer s t o t he main audio ex er cises on t he r ecor ding, so
do not look at t hese sect ions unt il you have complet ed t he r elevant ex er cise on t he
recording (at least three times).
A quick r eview of gr ammar t er ms
(I f you wish, t her e\u2019s r oom f or t r anslat ions of t hese t er ms int o your f ir st language.)
Parts of Speech:________________________________
N oun:_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ A naming wor d; e.g., man, woman, J ohn, sun, count r y,
lif e, act ion.
Pr onoun:_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ A wor d t hat subst it ut es f or a noun; e.g., it , t hat , I ,
you, us, our s.
I nf init ive:__________________ A wor d, usually pr eceded byt o, t hat is used as a
noun: e.g., t o be, t o go, t o have, t o wor k.
Ger und:_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _A wor d t hat f inishes wit h\u2013i ng t hat is used as a
noun: e.g., being, living, swimming, wor king.