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Midwest Accent

Midwest (Central Plains) accents usually include people in most of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana & Ohio, but it can carry west to the Rocky Mountains, including some of Colorado, Montana, South Dakota & Wyoming.

$30.00

Midwest Accent Learning Materials

  • The Midwest American accent materials include recordings of AccentHelp coach Jim Johnson guiding you through learning the accent. He grew up in Iowa, so the accent is very familiar to him.
  • You'll hear five volumes of native speakers, and transcripts of their conversations are included in PDF format so that you can follow along.
  • You'll get a PDF of the teaching materials, along with three more formats of the book: a PDF file to print, MOBI for Kindle, and EPUB for other portable readers.
  • This accent is appropriate for productions of Laramie Project, Music Man and other plays. You also hear it as the standard accent for broadcasters and people who want to speak in a general, neutral American accent.
  • This accent can also carry over into surrounding states, such as South Dakota, Montana, and Illinois. As you get further north, it tends to change - it's covered in the Upper Midwest accent.
  • All of the sound files are in MP3 format so that you can play them on your computer, load them onto your phone, or burn them to a CD.
  • You'll receive a link via email so that you can download all of the materials as ZIP files directly to your computer.
  • You'll also get future updates for free!

5% of all profits from these materials go to diversity scholarships for actors at the University of Houston.

Listen to a Sample!

Audio files in Six Volumes (409.3MB, 524minutes)

Midwest American Vol 1: Learning the Accent

  1. Sound Placement, Intonation and Helpful Hints (21:12)
  2. Consonant sound changes (14:18)
  3. Vowel sound changes (26:30)
  4. changes to Diphthongs (9:41)
  5. Pronunciations (6:13)
  6. Practice Sentences (7:00)
  7. Text Practice (23:16)
  8. Text Intonation (16:20)
  9. Text Examples (2:21)

Midwest Vol 2: Native Speakers from Kansas & Nebraska

  1. Female from Arkansas City KS reading (:48)
  2. + her conversation (3:03)
  3. Female from Wichita KS reading (1:22)
  4. + her conversation (3:53)
  5. Female from Newton KS reading (1:03)
  6. + her conversation (2:53)
  7. Female from Newton KS reading (1:03)
  8. + her conversation (4:22)
  9. Female from Hutchinson KS reading (1:06)
  10. + her conversation (4:31)
  11. Female from Great Bend KS reading (1:09)
  12. + her conversation (3:33)
  13. Female from Dodge City KS reading (1:11)
  14. + her conversation (3:28)
  15. Female from Holcomb KS reading (:53)
  16. + her conversation (2:32)
  17. Male from Kendall KS reading (1:08)
  18. + his conversation (3:39)
  19. Female from Penokee KS reading (1:01)
  20. + her conversation (5:39)
  21. Female from Omaha NE & Colby KS reading (:58)
  22. + her conversation (4:50)
  23. Female from Norfolk NE reading (:56)
  24. + her conversation (5:32)
  25. Female from Sidney NE reading (1:16)
  26. + her conversation (6:32)
  27. Female from North Platte NE reading (1:07)
  28. + her conversation (4:41)
  29. Female from Kearney NE reading (1:22)
  30. + her conversation (4:39)
  31. Female from Lincoln NE conversation (4:30)

Midwest Vol 3: Native Speakers from Nebraska & Iowa

  1. Male from Omaha NE reading (1:07)
  2. + his conversation (3:43)
  3. Female from Lincoln NE reading (1:02)
  4. + her conversation (3:16)
  5. Male from Columbus NE reading (1:25)
  6. + his conversation (4:01)
  7. Male from Atlanta NE conversation (4:39)
  8. Female from Winterset IA & Geneva NE reading (1:21)
  9. + her conversation (3:24)
  10. Female from Southeast IA reading (1:07)
  11. + her conversation (3:18)
  12. Female from Newell IA reading (1:32)
  13. + her conversation (4:45)
  14. Female from Cedar Rapids IA reading (1:06)
  15. + her conversation (10:21)
  16. Female from Northwest IA reading (1:07)
  17. + her conversation (5:11)
  18. Female from Correctionville IA reading (1:19)
  19. + her conversation (3:54)
  20. Female from Sioux City IA reading (1:20)
  21. + her conversation (10:19)
  22. Male from Everly IA reading (1:06)
  23. + his conversation (3:45)
  24. Female from Ft Dodge IA reading (1:11)
  25. + her conversation (3:17)
  26. Female from Garner IA reading (1:05)
  27. + her conversation (4:14)
  28. Female from Des Moines IA reading (:58)
  29. + her conversation (4:19)
  30. Female from Pella IA reading (1:02)
  31. + her conversation (4:03)

Midwest Vol 4: Native Speakers from Illinois & Indiana

  1. Male from Mt Morris IL reading (1:37)
  2. + his conversation (5:10)
  3. Female from Galesburg IL reading (1:14)
  4. + her conversation (6:01)
  5. Female from Chillicothe IL reading (1:03)
  6. + her conversation (3:38)
  7. Male from Cedarville reading (1:01)
  8. + his conversation (7:39)
  9. Female from Carlinville IL reading (1:16)
  10. + her conversation (5:24)
  11. Male from Aurora IL reading (:54)
  12. + his conversation (3:14)
  13. Female from Lincoln IL reading (1:04)
  14. + her conversation (3:41)
  15. Male from Springfield IL reading (1:24)
  16. + his conversation (5:27)
  17. Female from Lincoln IL reading (1:03)
  18. + her conversation (2:40)
  19. Female from Greensburg IN reading (1:06)
  20. + her conversation (4:26)
  21. Female from Kokomo IN reading (1:10)
  22. + her conversation (5:04)
  23. Male from Fort Wayne IN reading (1:04)
  24. + his conversation (7:05)
  25. Female from Columbus IN reading (1:15)
  26. + her conversation (4:13)
  27. Female from Seymour IN reading (:55)
  28. + her conversation (4:14)
  29. Female from Richmond IN reading (1:06)
  30. + her conversation (4:50)

Midwest Vol 5: Native Speakers from Indiana & Ohio

  1. Female from Indianapolis IN reading (1:09)
  2. + her conversation (6:03)
  3. Female from Lafayette IN reading (1:00)
  4. + her conversation (3:16)
  5. Male from Crawfordsville IN reading (1:02)
  6. + his conversation (4:49)
  7. Female from Auburn IN reading (1:01)
  8. Another Female from Auburn IN reading (:57)
  9. + their conversation (7:01)
  10. Female from Cambridge OH reading (1:06)
  11. + her conversation (4:29)
  12. Female from Eaton OH reading (:56)
  13. + her conversation (4:24)
  14. Male from Cincinnati OH reading (:58)
  15. + his conversation (2:51)
  16. Female from Dayton OH reading (:53)
  17. + her conversation (3:19)
  18. Male from Oxford OH reading (1:12)
  19. + his conversation (3:19)
  20. Female from Peebles OH reading (1:10)
  21. + her conversation (4:43)
  22. Female from Grove City OH reading (:56)
  23. + her conversation (4:26)
  24. Female from Columbus OH reading (1:04)
  25. + her conversation (5:10)
  26. Male from Logan OH reading (1:16)
  27. + his conversation (5:41)
  28. Female from Cincinnati OH reading (1:37)
  29. + her conversation (5:23)

Midwest Vol 6: Native Speakers from Missouri, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana & Utah

  1. Male from Joplin MO reading (:59)
  2. + his conversation (3:19)
  3. Male from Spearfish SD conversation (4:37)
  4. Male from Rapid City SD & Laramie WY reading (:57)
  5. + his conversation (3:01)
  6. Male from Windsor CO reading (:55)
  7. + his conversation (3:35)
  8. Female from Ft Collins CO reading (:48)
  9. + her conversation (5:07)
  10. Female from Lamar CO reading (1:10)
  11. + her conversation (4:35)
  12. Female from CO & Evanston WY reading (1:01)
  13. + her conversation (5:22)
  14. Male from Laramie WY reading (:56)
  15. + his conversation (5:52)
  16. Female from Bozeman MT reading (:56)

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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