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African-American Vernacular Accent
African-American Vernacular English walks you through the shared qualities of most black accents in the United States. There are variations in AAVE, but there are a lot of shared elements that are consistent all around the US.
African-American Vernacular Accent Learning Materials
- The African-American Vernacular English materials include recordings of AccentHelp coach Jim Johnson guiding you through learning the accent, using the text, as well as a number of recordings of native speakers. He's traveled all over the United States to gather these recordings - bringing the experience back to you in this download. You'll also hear actress Melanie Earnestina Burke offering a female voice as well.
- 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 plays by August Wilson and Lynn Nottage and scripts such as The Whipping Man, Immediate Family, Our Lady of 121st Street, A Raisin in the Sun, and lots of other plays. You also hear it widely used in films, like in the work of Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
- This download includes BONUS tracks of coach Jim Johnson leading you through a practice monologue in an African-American Vernacular accent, walking you through sound changes and variations in intonation in the accent. You also get a bonus set of recordings of native speakers, a FREE addition of over 68 minutes of recordings!
- African-American Vernacular is known by other names as well: Black English, Ebonics, Black Vernacular, and Blaccent. Though there are variations of the accent around the US, there are shared elements that are covered in these materials.
Audio files (219.8.4MB, 223 minutes)
- Introduction to Sound Placement, Intonation, and Helpful Hints (10:35)
- Consonant sound changes for learning an African-American Vernacular accent (24:33)
- Vowel sound changes in an AAVE accent (8:45)
- Changes in Diphthongs for Black American English (4:28)
- Alternate pronunciations for words in Black Vernacular (4:11)
- Wrap up to learning an African-American accent (4:27)
- Male from Atlanta Georgia reading (1:18)
- + his conversation (4:23)
- Female from Southwest Georgia reading (1:04)
- + her conversation (2:47)
- Male from Dallas Texas reading (2:00)
- + his conversation (3:26)
- Male from Beaumont Texas reading (1:42)
- + his conversation (3:48)
- Female from Hardeeville South Carolina reading (:55)
- + her conversation (1:12)
- Female from Franklin Louisiana reading (1:15)
- + her conversation (3:04)
- Male from Brooklyn New York & Atlanta Georgia reading (1:07)
- + his conversation (2:02)
- Female from Oakland California reading (1:23)
- + her conversation (2:44)
- Female from Los Angeles California reading (:58)
- + her conversation (5:39)
- Male from Baltimore Maryland reading (1:10)
- + his conversation (3:29)
- Male from Philadelphia Pennsylvania reading (1:13)
- + his conversation (4:43)
- Female from Columbus Ohio reading (1:10)
- + her conversation (3:06)
- Female from Indianapolis Indiana reading (1:15)
- + her conversation (9:01)
- Female from Detroit Michigan reading (1:11)
- + her conversation (8:19)
- Male from Detroit Michigan reading (1:10)
- + his conversation (6:33)
- Female from Detroit Michigan reading (1:18)
- + her conversation (1:54)
- BONUS Text Practice (11:03)
- BONUS Text Intonation (7:00)
- BONUS Text Example (1:30)
Volume 2: (included for FREE with Volume 1)
- Female from Daisetta Texas reading (1:25)
- + her conversation (2:16)
- Male from Grapeland Texas reading (1:17)
- + his conversation (3:50)
- Male from Dallas Texas reading (1:43)
- + his conversation (1:25)
- Male from Houston Texas reading (1:27)
- + his conversation (4:06)
- Male from Atlanta Georgia reading (:54)
- + his conversation (1:57)
- Female from eastern Georgia reading (1:16)
- + her conversation (1:00)
- Female from Marietta Georgia reading (1:01)
- + her conversation (2:52)
- Female from western Georgia reading (1:28)
- + her conversation (2:53)
- Female from Detroit Michigan reading (:54)
- + her conversation (2:57)
- Female from Detroit Michigan reading (1:15)
- + her conversation (5:10)
- Female from Detroit Michigan reading (:53)
- + her conversation (3:01)
- Female from Detroit Michigan reading (1:17)
- + her conversation (7:35)
- Female from Detroit Michigan reading (1:25)
- + her conversation (6:19)
- Female from Detroit Michigan reading (1:11)
- + her conversation (4:22)
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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