African Accents

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African Accents

This download covers a variety of African accents in the Sub-Saharan region, including over 50 recordings of native speakers from Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Cote D'ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It's super-sized with over six hours of audio!

$24.95



African (Sub-Saharan) Accents Learning Materials

  • The African (Sub-Saharan) accents materials include recordings of AccentHelp coach Jim Johnson guiding you through the basics of African accents using the text, including bonus tracks of Jim leading you through a monologue in the accent, and additional examples of speaking with the accent from coach Carolyn Johnson.
  • There are also recordings of native speakers from 23 African nations - over 6 hours of recordings in total!
  • You'll get four versions of the written teaching 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. You'll also get transcriptions of the recordings of the native speakers in PDF format.
  • Other African accents will be covered in additional AccentHelp materials, including North Africa in the Arabic/Middle East materials and another download focused on South African. (Both of these are currently in development.)

Audio files in Four Volumes (352.6 MB, 371 minutes)

Volume 1: Learning the Accent

  1. Introduction to Sound Placement, Intonation, and Helpful Hints for learning an African accent (13:34)
  2. Consonant sound changes (15:12)
  3. Vowel sound changes  (8:47)
  4. changes in Diphthongs  (5:39)
  5. Pronunciations of words and terms (2:07)
  6. Wrap up for learning African accents (2:45)
  7. BONUS Text Practice (10:41)
  8. BONUS Text Intonation (8:10)
  9. BONUS Text Example (1:06)

Volume 2: Recordings of Native Speakers in East Africa

  1. Nairobi Kenya Male reading (1:38)
  2. + his conversation (8:31)
  3. Nairobe Kenya Male reading (:49)
  4. + his conversation (2:58)
  5. Nairobe Kenya Bantu Male reading (1:04)
  6. + his conversation (2:04)
  7. Kenya Male reading (2:05)
  8. + his conversation (8:15)
  9. Mauritius Male mixed race reading (1:13)
  10. + his conversation (11:11)
  11. Mauritius Female reading (1:33)
  12. +  her conversation (1:42)
  13. Kampala Uganda Male reading (1:03)
  14. + his conversation (2:31)
  15. Uganda Male reading Bible (2:10)
  16. Angola Rwanda Female reading (1:18)
  17. + her conversation (3:48)
  18. Mogadishu Somalia Male reading (1:54)
  19. + his conversation (5:04)
  20. Tanzania Female reading (1:12)
  21. + her conversation (2:01)
  22. Dar es Salaam Tanzania Male reading (1:04)
  23. + his conversation (7:47)
  24. Dar es Salaam Tanzania Male reading (2:04)
  25. + his conversation (7:57)
  26. Mlandizi Tanzania Male reading (1:25)
  27. + his conversation (8:01)

Volume 3: Recordings of Native Speakers in West Africa

  1. Benin City Nigeria Male reading (1:26)
  2. + his conversation (2:30)
  3. Lagos Nigeria Male reading (1:41)
  4. + his conversation (4:46)
  5. Nigeria Female reading (1:53)
  6. + her conversation (3:33)
  7. Nigeria Female reading (1:28)
  8. + her conversation (2:37)
  9. Nigeria Female reading (1:15)
  10. + her conversation (2:08)
  11. Nigeria Female reading (1:42)
  12. + her conversation (5:50)
  13. Ile Oluge Nigeria Male reading (1:26)
  14. + his conversation (1:29)
  15. Nigeria Male reading (1:41)
  16. + his conversation (3:05)
  17. Nigeria Male reading (1:21)
  18. + his conversation (6:12)
  19. Okigwe Nigeria Male reading (1:49)
  20. + his conversation (2:33)
  21. SE Nigeria Igbo Female conversation (6:07)
  22. Lagos Nigeria Igbo Female reading (1:42)
  23. + her conversation (2:19)
  24. Nigeria Igbo Male reading (1:36)
  25. + his conversation (2:20)
  26. Cotonou Benin Male reading (1:20)
  27. + his conversation (3:40)
  28. Burkina Faso Male reading (3:08)
  29. + his conversation (:59)
  30. Cote D'ivoire (Ivory Coast) Male reading (1:51)
  31. + his conversation (4:44)
  32. Kpalime Togo Male reading (1:54)
  33. + his conversation (7:13)
  34. Lomé Togo Female reading (1:37)
  35. + her conversation (2:33)
  36. Winneba Ghana Male reading (2:06)
  37. + his conversation (2:07)
  38. Tamale Ghana Male reading (1:36)
  39. + his conversation (1:35)
  40. Koforidua Ghana Male reading (1:56)
  41. Senegal Male reading (1:58)

      Volume 4: Recordings of Native Speakers in Southern & Central Africa

      1. Yamsala Cameroon Male reading (2:15)
      2. + his conversation (7:06)
      3. Bangem Cameroon Male (white) reading (1:15)
      4. + his conversation (6:13)
      5. Kinchasa Congo Male reading (2:24)
      6. + his conversation (8:12)
      7. Kinchasa Congo Male conversation (7:42)
      8. Gabon Male reading (1:33)
      9. + his conversation (4:07)
      10. Central African Republic Male reading (1:06)
      11. + his conversation (4:08)
      12. Mozambique Male reading (1:29)
      13. Zimbabwe Female conversation (7:39)
      14. Zimbabwe Male reading (1:16)
      15. + his conversation (:42)
      16. Harare Zimbabwe Female reading (1:31)
      17. + her conversation (8:18)
      18. Blantyre Malawi Male reading (1:22)
      19. + his conversation (8:14)
      20. Gaborone Botswana Female reading (1:43)
      21. + her conversation (:32)
      22. Maun Botswana Female reading (1:42)
      23. + her conversation (10:21)
      24. Luanshya Zambia Male reading (1:33)
      25. + his conversation (8:02)
      26. Swaziland Male reading (1:49)
      27. + his conversation (4:10)

       

      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.

      $24.95