Learn West Coast American accent, West Coast accent resources, 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 West Coast 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 caused by a strong point of tension in the mid-tongue. The is also a very immobile lower jaw and very little tension in the lips. 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 West Coast American accent. Test and record yourself 





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 - Sound studies and linking words 

Linking 'r'


Linking consonants


Linking vowels

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