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Introduction to Accents 4 of 7: Intonation

Posted by Jim Johnson on November 17, 2014 0 Comments

Intonation is primarily about musicality and rhythm. There tend to be recurring musical phrasings, such as lifts at the ends of phrases, that are built into a number of accents and dialects. Here i...

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R Sounds in Phonetics

Posted by Jim Johnson on October 12, 2014 0 Comments

There are a number of ways to express the basic R sound in phonetics, which can depend on where it occurs in a word - oftentimes a pre-vowel R is represented by a different symbol than the post-vow...

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Introduction to Accents 3 of 7: Placement

Posted by Jim Johnson on October 11, 2014 0 Comments

Placement refers to the sensation of where the sound "lives" in the mouth, which can commonly lead to a mouth posture that helps with an accent. This is part 3 of 7 videos that offer...

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Cockney & Australian Confusion

Posted by Jim Johnson on October 08, 2014 0 Comments

I was contacted by someone who is struggling to nail the Cockney accent, and he keeps slipping into what sounds more like an Australian accent. This isn't uncommon at all! The two share many sound ...

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Northern Irish Accent Intonation

Posted by Jim Johnson on October 04, 2014 0 Comments

Here's an introduction to the upward lilt of the Northern Irish accent - maybe not what you'd expect from an Irish accent if you're used to thinking of the Lucky Charms stereotype: Irish Valley Gi...

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Dark-L vs Light-L

Posted by Jim Johnson on September 29, 2014 0 Comments

An L at the beginning of a word is commonly a "light-L" whereas an L at the end of a word is commonly a "dark-L" - pulled back in the throat. It's commonly to use a dark-L in all positions in Russ...

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Introduction to Accents 2 of 7: Phonetics

Posted by Jim Johnson on September 28, 2014 0 Comments

The International Phonetic Association created a system to represent the sounds of world languages. The Phonetic Alphabet is a useful tool for learning accents, too! Each symbol represents a single...

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Breath Support - Transversus Abdominus Crunches

Posted by Jim Johnson on September 24, 2014 0 Comments

Breath Support = Abs (more specifically, the Transversus Abdominus) It can be difficult to get a sense of where the Transversus is because it is the deepest ab muscle. Most crunches work the surfa...

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Intonation in American Accents

Posted by Jim Johnson on September 21, 2014 0 Comments

An introduction to the primary intonation patterns in most American accents, especially focused on dropping off at the end of phrases, how pitches tend to follow a "stair step" speech pattern, and ...

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Introduction to Accents 1 of 7: Accent vs Dialect vs Idiolect

Posted by Jim Johnson on September 20, 2014 0 Comments

Part 1 of 7 - Introducing how to learn an accent. This session gives a quick overview of what the terms Dialect & Accent mean, and an explanation of how an accent/dialect is a generalization ba...

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