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American Southern: Hard-R Accent

The Hard-R accent is spoken all across the south, and this covers the varied elements of the dialect, explaining the difference between twang and drawl. From the Ozark mountains to the backwoods of Georgia, you'll hear 'em all, y'all!

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American Southern: Hard-R Accent Learning Materials

  • The Hard-R Southern materials include recordings of AccentHelp coaches Jim Johnson and Carolyn Johnson guiding you through learning the accent, using the text, as well as a number of recordings of native speakers. They've lived in and traveled all over the south on numerous occasions - bringing the experience back to you in this download. This download also includes volumes 2 & 3 - over 4 hours of additional recordings of native speakers!
  • You'll get four versions of the written materials: a PDF file to print or read on a standard computer, a large-format PDF for portable reading devices, and MOBI for Kindle and EPUB for other portable readers.
  • This accent is appropriate for productions of August: Osage County, Steel Magnolias, Miss Firecracker Contest, The Great American Trailer Park Musical and lots of other plays. You also hear it in films like Coal Miner's Daughter and from actors like Holly Hunter, Reba McEntire and Lucas Black.
  • This download includes BONUS tracks of coach Jim Johnson leading you through a practice monologue in a Hard-R Southern accent.
  • In addition to this Hard-R "rhotic" Southern accent, AccentHelp also offers the "non-rhotic" American Southern: Soft-R accent. You might also want to look at the Texas accent Vol. 1 and Texan Vol. 2.

Audio files:

Volume 1 (123.8MB, 130 minutes)

  1. Introduction to Sound Placement, Intonation, and Helpful Hints (10:34)
  2. Consonant sound changes for learning a Hard-R American Southern accent (9:26)
  3. Vowel sound changes in a Hard-R American Southern accent (21:25)
  4. Changes in Diphthongs for American Southern (7:40)
  5. Alternate pronunciations for words in American Southern (3:20)
  6. Wrap up to learning a Southern accent (1:07)
  7. Female from Albany Georgia reading (:56)
  8. + her conversation (4:02)
  9. Male from Cairo Georgia reading (1:04)
  10. + his conversation (:51)
  11. Female from Colquitt Georgia reading (1:04)
  12. + her conversation (1:37)
  13. Female from Savannah Georgia reading (1:07)
  14. + her conversation (1:22)
  15. Female from Cottondale & Sneads Georgia reading (:52)
  16. + her conversation (2:44)
  17. Female from Lanette Georgia reading (:58)
  18. + her conversation (1:51)
  19. Male from Dothan Alabama reading (1:06)
  20. + his conversation (1:56)
  21. Female from Pearlington Mississippi reading (1:06)
  22. + her conversation (1:38)
  23. Female from Natchitoches Louisiana reading (1:16)
  24. + her conversation (5:15)
  25. Female from Reydell Arkansas reading (:57)
  26. + her conversation (1:53)
  27. Male from Fifty-Six Arkansas reading (1:24)
  28. + his conversation (3:38)
  29. Male from Lebanon Missouri reading (1:09)
  30. + his conversation (4:06)
  31. Female from Berea Kentucky reading (:59)
  32. + her conversation (4:38)
  33. Female from Jellico Tennessee reading (1:11)
  34. + her conversation (2:40)
  35. Female from Boone North Carolina & Bristol Virginia reading (1:18)
  36. + her conversation (1:54)
  37. BONUS Text Practice (12:56)
  38. BONUS Text Intonation (5:08)
  39. BONUS Text Example (2:58)

Volume 2 - included for FREE (155.4MB, 161 minutes)

  1. Female from Langdale Alabama reading (1:04)
  2. + her conversation (1:25)
  3. Female from Birmingham Alabama reading ( 1:13)
  4. + her conversation (:30)
  5. Male from Maynard Arkansas reading (1:12)
  6. + his conversation (3:24)
  7. Female from Mountain View Arkansas reading (1:09)
  8. + her conversation (4:45)
  9. Female from Izzard County Arkansas reading (1:03)
  10. + her conversation (3:56)
  11. Female from Timbo Arkansas reading (1:12)
  12. + her conversation (3:21)
  13. Male from Helena Arkansas reading (:49)
  14. + his conversation (5:10)
  15. Female from Big Flat Arkansas reading (:56)
  16. + her conversation (4:47)
  17. Female from Panama City Florida reading (1:04)
  18. + her conversation (1:56)
  19. Male from Fernandina Florida reading (1:07)
  20. + his conversation (2:56)
  21. Male from Cairo Georgia reading (:52)
  22. + his conversation (:35)
  23. Female from Whigham Georgia reading (:54)
  24. + her conversation (1:24)
  25. Male from Vidalia Georgia reading (1:12)
  26. + his conversation (2:18)
  27. Male from Vidalia Georgia reading (1:04)
  28. + his conversation (1:09)
  29. Male from Savannah Georgia reading (:58)
  30. + his conversation (3:22)
  31. Female from Gainsville Georgia reading (1:11)
  32. + her conversation (1:32)
  33. Female from Wakefield Kentucky reading (1:18)
  34. + her conversation (2:39)
  35. Female from Berea Kentucky reading (:59)
  36. + her conversation (2:40)
  37. Male from Louisiana reading (1:18)
  38. + his conversation (4:00)
  39. Male from Ebarb Louisiana reading (:53)
  40. + his conversation (3:20)
  41. Female from Natchitoches Louisiana reading (1:07)
  42. + her conversation (3:08)
  43. Female from Natchitoches Louisiana reading (1:45)
  44. + her conversation (4:04)
  45. Female from Delhi Louisiana reading (1:04)
  46. + her conversation (2:17)
  47. Female from Bastrop Louisiana reading (1:20)
  48. + her conversation (1:20)
  49. Female from Mansura Louisiana reading (1:03)
  50. + her conversation (1:44)
  51. Female from Oil City Louisiana reading (1:08)
  52. + her conversation (1:09)
  53. Female from Meridian Mississippi reading (1:54)
  54. + her conversation (1:36)
  55. Female from Kiln Mississippi reading (1:13)
  56. + her conversation (2:23)
  57. Female from Lebanon Missouri reading (1:00)
  58. + her conversation (4:46)
  59. Male from Western North Carolina reading (:58)
  60. + his conversation (4:06)
  61. Female from Wise North Carolina reading (1:15)
  62. + her conversation (3:01)
  63. Female from Janesville North Carolina reading (1:00)
  64. + her conversation (2:40)
  65. Female from Blackwell Oklahoma reading (1:13)
  66. + her conversation (4:35)
  67. Female from Blackwell Oklahoma reading (:50)
  68. + her conversation (1:27)
  69. Female from Checotah Oklahoma reading (1:04)
  70. + her conversation (3:18)
  71. Female from Pamlico South Carolina reading (1:24)
  72. Male from Pamlico South Carolina reading (1:21)
  73. Female from Bristol Tennessee reading (1:11)
  74. + her conversation (1:00)
  75. Female from Bristol Virginia reading (1:06)
  76. + her conversation (2:34)
  77. Female from Big Hill Virginia reading (2:24)
  78. + her conversation (2:34)
  79. Female from Danville Virginia reading (:51)
  80. + her conversation (1:22)
  81. Female from Tidewater Virginia reading (1:36)
  82. + her conversation (1:01)
  83. Male from Richwood West Virginia reading (1:27)
  84. + his conversation (4:36)

Volume 3 - included for FREE (105.5MB, 103 minutes)

  1. Male from Ellerbe North Carolina reading (1:18)
  2. + his conversation (5:49)
  3. Female from Louisburg North Carolina reading ( 1:18)
  4. + her conversation (7:17)
  5. Female from Pawhuska Oklahoma in conversation (16:45)
  6. Male from Pawhuska Oklahoma in conversation (12:42)
  7. Male from Pawhuska Oklahoma in conversation (5:40)
  8. Male from Pawhuska Oklahoma in conversation (7:41)
  9. Female from Natchitoches Louisiana in conversation (9:04)
  10. Females from Natchitoches Louisiana in conversation - part 1 (8:17)
  11. Females from Natchitoches Louisiana in conversation - part 2 (7:38)
  12. Females from Natchitoches Louisiana in conversation - part 3 (8:44)
  13. Females from Natchitoches Louisiana in conversation - part 4 (5:26)
  14. Females from Natchitoches Louisiana in conversation - part 5 (6:13)

Most of these recordings are made "in the field" so you will hear such things as birds, cars or other people in the background. A transcription of the conversations is included to help you follow along.


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