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  • Hello, I'm Gareth Jameson. I'm an actor and a voice coach from

  • Here are some tips for working on your voice! Now you might want to do an American

  • accent because you're in a play, or a film, or maybe you want to impress your friends,

  • or maybe you want to try and fit in better in the USA. Whatever the reason, playing with

  • accents is a great way to stretch your voice and exercise your speech.

  • Now the key to doing any accent is to isolate the specific sounds that occur in that accent.

  • Today I can only give you a brief overview of some of these sounds, of course the USA

  • is huge and there are many different accents, so we're going to go for one that's called

  • "General American", and we'll start with the sound Americans use for the letter "r". Now

  • listen to this sentence: "Are there more birds?" "Are there more birds.

  • " Notice that every time there's a letter "r", it's pronounced. And that's a good general

  • rule for American. Every letter "r" in the word gets pronounced.

  • "Are there more birds?" Also, it's a very dark sound. Might help you to think about

  • this "r" sound coming from right at the back of the throat back here. "Are there more birds?"

  • Now our next sound is the vowel used in "cot", like where a baby sleeps, and "caught", when

  • you catch hold of something.

  • "Cot" and "caught". They're different sounds in the British English accent, "cot" and "caught",

  • but for most Americans, they're the same. "Cot" and "caught".

  • Have a listen to this: "He got caught by the long arm of the law." "He got caught by the

  • long arm of the law." So that "got" and "caught" are the same, and "long" and "law" have the

  • same sound in the middle.

  • Finally, let's listen to the "t" and "d" sounds for Americans. We say them quite precisely,

  • like this: "butter", "letter". But they're quite often flapped for Americans so that

  • there's not much difference between the "t" and the "d".

  • 'Butter', 'letter', 'master'. Listen to this sentence: "Witty banter about the Star-Spangled

  • banner." "Witty banter about the Star-Spangled banner.

  • " So there's no difference between "banter" and "banner", they're both "banner". And "the

  • medal for bravery was made of metal." "The medal for bravery was made of metal.

  • " So that's "medal" and "metal" both become "medal".

Hello, I'm Gareth Jameson. I'm an actor and a voice coach from

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How To Get An American Accent

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