Learn the General American accent, American accent resources with native speakers

Step 1; free trial                      

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Find the placement: Put on headphones and speak simultaneously with this short clip with the native speaker. Note the jaw aperture, tension in the tongue & lips, degree of nasality. There is a distinctly mid-palatal / nasal placement in the General American accent, with a lot of tension in the mid-tongue and relatively less use of the front facial muscles.

"Oh there you are. I was starting to wonder what had happened to you. Luckily I had a book on me to pass the time. Anyway, even if we do get there a bit late, no one’s going to mind much, are they?"

*select accent samples below.

FEMALE VOICE            
       female voice                   male voice               General American           

Step 2 (full members area) -  Ear train with the phonetic sounds of RP. Test and record yourself 





All sounds 

Step 3 - Listen to General American monologues,  repeat, put headphones on & talk simultaneously with the speaker. Record yourself,  try to identify the sounds you get wrong, & if the voice is correctly 'placed'

Monologue 1


Monologue 3


Monologue 5


Monologue 7


Monologue 2


Monologue 4


Monologue 6


Monologue 8

Step 4 - Detailed sound studies and word linking

4a - Linking words in General American

Linking 'r'


Linking consonants

Linking vowels

4b - General American Vowels & diphthongs

 a / ar


 ee / i


 u / o


ur /or

u / oo


a / u / e


o /our


ow/ aw 

ai / i


o /ear


ei/ e / a


es /ers

eer /ar


our / ore


o /or


oy /or

4c - General American Consonants

 l / dark l


 m / n / ng


y / no y


h / no h

r /l / t 


 th/ t/ d / z

w / v


ch / j / s


 k / g/ ng


 p / b / f / v


n / l / l


l / d / th

Step 5 -Test again with monologues, and if not satisfied, repeat above steps.