This book is dedicated to my accent reduction students who came to the United Statesfrom 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. Livethe 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 VeronicaDouglas for her support.I am enormously grateful to Lou Savage, “The Voice.” His is the beautiful male voiceon the recordings. He was also responsible for all of the expert audio engineering andaudio editing. Thank you, Lou, for being such a perfectionist with the sound and insist-ing on fixing the audio “mistakes” I couldn’t hear anyway.I am also grateful for the contributions of Maryam Meghan, Jack Cumming, KatarinaMatolek, Mauricio Sanchez, Sabrina Stoll, Sonya Kahn, Jennie Lo, Yvette Basica,Marc Basica, and Laura Tien.
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