Improve your American English intonation, rhythm, stress, and placement with San Diego Voice and Accent

 

Master the foundational concepts of American English in this introductory course! You'll learn about American English placement, intonation, stress, linking, imitation skills, and the basics of vocal anatomy and voice production! To view all course offerings, visit San Diego Voice and Accent: Courses.

Master the American Accent: American English Foundation

Course details

 

What will I learn? 

Do you want to improve your American English rhythm? Fluency? Smoothness? Naturalness? Placement? Then this course is for you! 

 

This course is comprehensive. You'll learn the foundational skills that are necessary to speaking clear and natural English with lessons on American English placement, intonation of words and sentences, common stress patterns, and linking. 

 

All lessons are taught by Julie Cunningham, an industry-leading American accent coach and licensed speech-language pathologist. Julie has developed innovative practice methods that have been shown to maximize your progress and quickly help you to reach your goals.

 

Then the practice: You'll practice each foundational area with over 500 audio files, 25+ videos, and detailed instructions on "What to do / What not to do" when pronouncing that specific speech pattern. All audio files can be downloaded to your device or computer, as well as additional exercises in PDF format.

 

But that's not all! In addition to learning about each foundational area of American English, you'll also learn about vocal anatomy and physiology (e.g., what the voice is made of and how it works) and the best practice techniques that will get you the results you're looking for.

 

 

How do I receive extra help during the course?

There are many ways you can receive extra help during the course!

 

#1: You can participate in the online SDVA Discord community if you have questions or want extra help along the way. Julie will be there to answer your questions and give you feedback.

 

#2: You can also post your questions on the Discussions page of each chapter if you want help on a specific lesson or exercise.

 

#3: You can purchase discounted private accent training with Julie if you want more personalized coaching and pronunciation guidance as you complete the course. This discount is only available to students who enroll in this course! You can add these one-on-one sessions at the time of purchase, or contact Julie for more information (julie@sandiegovoiceandaccent.com).

 

#4: And don't forget: SDVA offers LIVE ENGLISH CLASSES! You can join Julie for a live English lesson every week at Julie's Conversation Club! Come to a meeting, ask questions, and receive live feedback on your pronunciation! Learn more about Julie's Conversation Club here: Julie's Conversation Club.

 

 

Who should take this course? 

This course is appropriate for anyone who wants to crack the code to sounding clear and natural when speaking English. 

 

Good pronunciation isn't just about vowels and consonants. If you focused on only these two areas, you'd sound like a robot, which is the opposite of what you want!

 

Good pronunciation also includes everything else besides the vowels and consonants - the rhythm, intonation, stress, reductions, and linking. These areas are just as important, if not more important, to sounding clear and natural when speaking English.

 

If you are ready to dive deep into the various foundational areas of American English pronunciation, then this course is for you!

Click here to learn about the other courses offered by San Diego Voice and Accent.

 

 

What English skill level should I have before I take this course?

The material in this course is best for a skill level of intermediate and above. 

 

If you're a beginner of English, focus on improving your English vocabulary and language skills before you try out this course. You can always enroll once you're ready to advance your English pronunciation skills!

 

Why should I take this course on the American accent?

Pronunciation can't be learned from a book. Once a word is spoken out loud, its pronunciation often changes, and the only way to learn about that pronunciation is to listen to native speakers and then imitate them. This course will give you the opportunity to do just that - listen to and imitate native speakers of American English - with powerful practice material and instructions presented to you in an effective and easy-to-follow format.

 

Now's your chance to gain the confidence and fluency that you're looking for. Enroll today! 

 

How much does this course cost?

The American English Foundation Course is a one-time payment of $89.95 for lifetime access to the entire course.

 

⭐ Rave 5-Star Reviews ⭐

"This course has so many great nuggets of wisdom!"

"This course has so many great nuggets of wisdom!"

"I’ve crammed down the first four and a half chapters of the Master the American English Vowels for Spanish Speakers course. This course has so many great nuggets of wisdom! I’m sure other Spanish speakers will love it, too. So far, the part that I love the most is the reduced vowels in sentences as I know it makes such a big difference in speech. And having the chance to repeat each sentence as many times as I want in normal and slower pace is just brilliant!" — Rocio P., Software Engineer, Spanish
"Take the leap to reach your English goals!"

"Take the leap to reach your English goals!"

"I recently finished a 10 sessions program with Julie and I am completely satisfied with the results. Since the first class, it was clear that she was an expert on the subject and created a safe space to practice and ask. The program is completely structured to your needs and based on an initial feedback on your English level, which is probably affected by your mother tongue. It was quite helpful to know the aspects that I needed to improve, but at the same time to be versatile enough to focus on the points you feel less confident. Julie is very organized, so you are aware beforehand of how the class will be, together with feedback of your assignments. I totally recommend Julie if you are looking for a coach that helps you improve those details of your accent that limit your communication or make you feel less confident. My best piece of advice is take the leap to reach your English goals!"  — Juan V., PhD student, Spanish
"I feel others can understand me better."

"I feel others can understand me better."

"Julie provided key information on American English pronunciation. Before I attended her 4-week seminar, I thought my pronunciation was pretty good. After the first class, I realized that there are still many things I can improve on. She provided information and feedback on how I can improve my pronunciation skills. I liked very much her practice in the class. The information I learned in her classes helped me to hear and understand better what others are saying. And with practice, I can feel others can understand me better as well. Julie has a great way of helping me to realize how the muscles in my mouth can move in a way to fulfill the need for the word at hand. This is exactly what I need to improve."  — Hong, Senior Scientist, Mandarin
"This course gave me a jump start on becoming a better story teller."

"This course gave me a jump start on becoming a better story teller."

"Working with Julie was awesome! She helped customize the syllabus as per the feedback from my initial performance review, which helped me focus on my weak areas such as understanding intonation, consonants, and American English pronunciation. The course gave me a jump start on becoming a better story teller."  — Sunit V., Electrical Engineer, Hindi
"So thankful for Julie! She is an outstanding instructor; organized, flexible, knowledgeable, dependable, objective, honest, and committed to help her students succeed. Despite being unable to complete the 16 lesson course due to other commitments. I was able to improve my pronunciation during our 9 sessions, and most importantly, increase my awareness of speech patterns that as an ESL student was not familiar with. Working with Julie has significantly improved my overall confidence in speaking the English language. I particularly appreciate her honest feedback, and all the resources provided during our sessions. I highly recommend working with Julie for anybody wanting to improve their pronunciation and understanding of American speech patterns. So worth it!"  — Lupita H., Registered Nurse, Spanish
"Before I worked with Julie, I had trouble pronouncing words with vowel sounds - I’d either carry over a sound to another word or swap the starting sounds of two consecutive words. This made me a little conscious and I asked her for help. She broke down the pronunciations and word linkings over a few video sessions, and helped me master the pronunciations. As a result, I became proficient at pronouncing sounds I previously had trouble with, and now I’m much more confident while speaking. I’ve also gained more awareness of my pronunciation. Julie is an excellent and a patient communication coach, and I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to work on their pronunciation and accent reduction."  — S.J., Tamil
"I have renewed confidence in my accent capability."

"I have renewed confidence in my accent capability."

"I had the pleasure of working with Julie on my standard American accent. Her knowledge and supportive instruction style made the experience truly enjoyable and worthwhile. Her professional yet easy going manner made me feel comfortable from the outset. Julie was encouraging, enthusiastic and most of all patient. I have renewed confidence in my accent capability and I have her to thank for it."  — Stephen L., Voice Over Actor, South African English
"I was always able to see improvement after each class."

"I was always able to see improvement after each class."

"I am a college student and have taken Julie's classes for over six months. Julie fixed my Chinese accent and improved my speech skills. She is one of the most responsible teachers I have ever had. Julie is VERY ORGANIZED. She would make a plan every time before class and give good feedback after. Julie would always upload helpful practices in Google Drive with an organized format. I also had a practice sheet that tracked my practice time. All of these small details made me study and make progress spontaneously. Julie is also extremely precise and experienced. I had a Chinese accent and she was able to find my minor flaws and give me efficient ways to fix them. I was always able to see my improvement after each class. I am very fortunate to learn from Julie. If you want to fix your accent precisely and efficiently, Julie will be your best choice."  — Aaron Z., Student, Mandarin
"Julie increased my awareness of how to speak like a native speaker."

"Julie increased my awareness of how to speak like a native speaker."

"I have worked with Julie for 8 months to improve my accent. She is an incredible teacher. I like how quickly she could diagnose my pronunciation issues, in particular my tongue placements. She increased my awareness of how to speak like a native speaker. She also gave me drills to improve my speech, some of which are quite innovative such as using a metronome. Julie is very patient and compassionate and fun to work with. I highly recommend her for her skills, caliber, and approaches to quickly move you forward.” — Joan Y., Life Coach, Mandarin

Please note: The services provided by San Diego Voice and Accent are not clinical, and thus, clients do not receive a speech-language diagnosis or participate in insurance-based speech-language therapy.

 

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American Accent: Top 10 Essentials

Course details

 

What will I learn? 

You'll learn the top 10 essentials of the American accent through detailed lessons on American English syllable stress, word reductions and unstressed syllables, and how to pronounce the most common vowels and consonants of American English. Each chapter includes pronunciation videos, helpful text explanations, downloadable worksheets, and chapter quizzes to test your knowledge.

 

Who should take this course? 

This accent reduction course was designed to improve the clarity and fluency of non-native speakers of American English. However, if you are a native speaker of English who grew up speaking another dialect or accent and you want to learn more about the American accent, you will also benefit from this course. 

 

What English skill level should I have before I take this course?

The material in this course is best for a skill level of intermediate and above. However, I would encourage beginners of English to enroll (all videos come with captions). It's never too early to start learning about American English pronunciation!

 

Why should I take this course on the American accent?

Pronunciation can't be learned from a book. Once a word is spoken out loud, its pronunciation often changes, and the only way to learn about that pronunciation is to listen to native speakers and then imitate them. This course will give you the opportunity to do just that - listen to and imitate native speakers of American English, with helpful pronunciation tips and guidance along the way. 

 

But even more important is this course will teach you the rules that govern American English pronunciation, such as:

 

  • How a vowel is different from a consonant
  • Which words to stress and destress in a sentence
  • How to reduce vowels in unstressed syllables

 

As you become more aware of the sounds and patterns of spoken American English, your pronunciation skills will greatly improve!

 

How much does this course cost?

The American Accent: Top 10 Essentials course is free!