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Texan Accent

The traditional Texas accent from classic cowboy films is more the west Texas sound, with a strong drawl; whereas the east Texas sound has much more "twang" to it. This download teaches both of these variations and includes recordings of native speakers from all over Texas.

$30.00

Texan Accent Learning Materials

  • The Texan accent materials include recordings of AccentHelp coach Jim Johnson guiding you through learning the accent, along with coach Carolyn Johnson on the practice sentences. Jim also helps you to apply the Texas accent to a practice monologue.
  • These materials include three volumes of recordings of native speakers. Jim gathered these recordings over the course of living in Texas for many years. You'll have a PDF transcript of the conversations so that you can follow along as you listen.
  • You'll get a PDF of the teaching materials, plus three more formats of the book: a PDF to print, MOBI for Kindle, and EPUB for other portable readers.
  • This accent is appropriate for productions of Vanities, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and other plays. You also hear it in films like the Lonesome Dove series and No Country for Old Men.
  • The Texan accent varies a bit from east to west, but you'll hear about those variations here. This download will focus on a distinctly Texas accent, though in some urban areas, people may speak with a fairly neutral American 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.

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Audio files in Four Volumes (237.3MB, 303 minutes)

Texan Volume 1: Learning a Texan Accent

  1. Sound Placement, Intonation and Helpful Hints (9:43)
  2. Consonant sound changes (6:21)
  3. Vowel sound changes (14:58)
  4. changes to Diphthongs (5:55)
  5. Alternate Pronunciations (2:30)
  6. Practice Sentences (6:20)
  7. Practice Monologue (23:30)
  8. Placement & Intonation Practice (10:14)
  9. Demonstration of the Practice Monologue

Texan Volume 2: Native Speakers

  1. Female from Sulfer Springs reading (1:03)
  2. + her conversation (3:11)
  3. Male from Abilene reading (1:22)
  4. + his conversation
  5. Male from Port Neches reading (1:20)
  6. Female from Houston reading (1:14)
  7. + her conversation (4:25)
  8. Female from Houston reading (1:11)
  9. + her conversation (:38)
  10. Male from Abilene reading (1:13)
  11. + his conversation (:45)
  12. Male from Houston reading (:51)
  13. + his conversation (1:46)
  14. Male from Abilene reading (1:30)
  15. + his conversation (3:05)
  16. Male from Orange reading (1:07)
  17. + his conversation (4:13)
  18. Male from NE Texas reading (1:23)
  19. + his conversation (4:14)
  20. Female from Ft. Stockton reading (1:04)
  21. + her conversation (5:19)
  22. Female from Kerrville reading (1:10)
  23. + her conversation (4:00) )
  24. Female from Houston reading (1:08) )
  25. + her conversation (3:59) )
  26. Female from NE Texas reading (1:16) )
  27. + her conversation (2:02) )
  28. Female from Corpus Christi reading (1:15) )
  29. + her conversation (5:03) )

Texan Volume 3: More Native Speakers

  1. Male from Houston reading (1:35)
  2. + his conversation (3:38)
  3. Male from Houston reading ( 1:36)
  4. + his conversation (1:59)
  5. Female from Pasadena reading (1:14)
  6. + her conversation (4:45)
  7. Female from Houston reading (1:32)
  8. + her conversation (1:30)
  9. Male from Houston reading (1:15)
  10. + his conversation (2:55)
  11. Male from Ft. Worth reading (1:14)
  12. + his conversation (:37)
  13. Female from Houston reading (1:01)
  14. + her conversation (1:51)
  15. Male from Houston reading (:55)
  16. + his conversation (1:04)
  17. Female from Hitchcock conversation (3:45)
  18. Female from Houston reading (1:41)
  19. + her conversation (1:11)
  20. Male from Houston reading (1:07)
  21. + his conversation (2:49)
  22. Male from Houston reading (1:05)
  23. + his conversation (3:50)
  24. Male from Buffalo reading (1:18)
  25. + his conversation (2:28)
  26. Female from Longview reading (:59)
  27. + her conversation (3:31)
  28. Male from Laredo reading (1:10)
  29. + his conversation (4:06)
  30. Female from Paris reading (:55)
  31. + her conversation (2:28)

Texan Volume 4: More Native Speakers

  1. Female from Katy reading (1:25) )
  2. + her conversation (3:33) )
  3. Female from Dallas reading (1:20) )
  4. + her conversation (4:42) )
  5. Female from San Antonio reading (1:11) )
  6. + her conversation (4:55) )
  7. Female from Smithville reading (1:02) )
  8. + her conversation (4:53) )
  9. Female from Tyler reading (:59) )
  10. + her conversation (6:09) )
  11. Male from Coppell reading (1:12) )
  12. + his conversation (4:43) )
  13. Female from Rockwall reading (1:05) )
  14. + her conversation (7:22) )
  15. Female from San Antonio & Dallas reading (1:13) )
  16. + her conversation (5:12) )
  17. Male from Manfield reading (:58) )
  18. + his conversation (7:46) )
  19. Female from Waxahachie reading (:59) )
  20. + her conversation (3:50) )
  21. Female from North Texas reading (:58) )
  22. + her conversation (2:10) )
  23. Female from Abilene reading (1:12) )
  24. + her conversation (2:51) )
  25. Female from Arlington reading (1:01) )
  26. + her conversation (4:06) )
  27. Female from Arlington reading (1:07) )
  28. + her conversation (4:29) )
  29. Female from Irving reading (1:30) )
  30. + her conversation (4:03) )

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.