Learn North East American accent, American accent resources with native speakers

 

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Step 1 - FREE TRIAL (Try Step 1 for free, then return to this syllable page using the page back on the top left) 

Find the placement or 'home' of the North East coast American accent. Speak simultaneously with this short clip. Simply put on headphones so you can hear the speakers voice & not your own as you speak with the text. Note the jaw aperture, tension in the tongue and lips.

Male voice 

      

Female voice 


Your conclusion? There is a distinctly palatal/nasal placement in this accent, but it tends to be more fronted in the mouth than General American, with slightly more tension and use of the lips and front facial muscles. You will find that to keep in pace with the native speaker the sounds and speech will feel 'penned in' to a certain area in the mouth. Factors to consider are: degree of nasality, tension in the tongue, as well as lip tension, jaw aperture and mobility. 

Step 2 -  Ear train with the phonetic sounds of  the North East American accent. Test and record yourself 


Vowels 

      

Diphthongs 

      

All sounds 


Step 3 - Listen to monologues,  repeat, then put headphones on and talk simultaneously with the native speaker. Record yourself,  try to identify the sounds that you get wrong, and 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 



Linking 'r'

   

Linking consonants

 

Linking vowels


4b - American Vowels & diphthongs


Vowels a / ar 

           

Vowels ee / i

 
       

Vowels u / o

      

Vowels u / oo


Vowels a / u / e 

      

Vowels o /our

 
       

Vowels ai / i

      

Vowels o /ear


Vowels ei/ e / a 

      

Vowels eer /are

  
   

Vowels our / ore

 

Vowels o /or


Vowels ow/ aw 

     

Vowels oy /ore

  
    

Vowels ur /or

     

Vowels es /ers


4b - American Consonants


Consonant l / l 

     

Consonant p/b /f/v

 
  

Consonant m / n

     

Consonant h


Consonant th/ t  

   

Consonant ch / s

  

   

Consonant w /v

 

 

Consonant y

Consonant r /l / t  

   

Consonant k /g

  

   

Consonant   l / th

Consonant   n / l



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