After observation and analysis, comes more practice. All off the books and resources listed so far in this guide are a great set to work from, but we are including a few more resources here to aid your practice.
Accents of English is about the way English is pronounced by different people in different places. Volume I provides a synthesizing introduction, which shows how accents vary not only geographically, but also with social class, formality, sex and age; and in volumes 2 and 3 the author examines in greater depth the various accents used by people who speak English as their mother tongue: the accents of the regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland (volume 2), and of the USA, Canada, and West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Black Africa and the Far East (volume 3).
The Articulate Voice taps into the most current research to clearly and concisely deliver the basics on voice production and techniques for improving pitch, rate, volume, and quality. As opposed to books geared more specifically toward the stage, speech, and ESL, this book serves as a guide for anyone in need of guidance in voice and diction. For anyone interested in voice production techniques, for those in the broadcasting industry and ESL students looking to improve their English accent.
This practical reference manual, with its precise, authentic instructions on how to speak in more than 100 dialects, has established itself as the most useful and comprehensive guide to accents available, now increased by a third in this revised printing. As before, the accents range from regional U.S. and British dialects to European accents that include, among others, the Germanic, Slavic and Romance Languages. Completing his around-the-world journey, the author then covers the Middle East, Africa and Asia.