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42 Lessons (1h 46m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Welcome!

    • 3. Target Sounds

    • 4. Target 1

    • 5. Target 2

    • 6. Target 3

    • 7. Wrap up Group 1 (Targets 1,2,3)

    • 8. Target 4

    • 9. Target 5

    • 10. Wrap up Group 2 (Target 4, 5)

    • 11. Target 6

    • 12. Target 7

    • 13. Target 8

    • 14. Wrap up Group 4 (6, 7, 8)

    • 15. Target 9

    • 16. Target 10

    • 17. Target 11

    • 18. Target 12

    • 19. Great Work! Let's review our TARGETS!

    • 20. Consonance

    • 21. Activity: Target Practice 1

    • 22. Activity: Target Practice 2

    • 23. Activity: Target Practice 3

    • 24. Activity: Target Practice 4

    • 25. Activity: Target Practice 5

    • 26. Activity: Target Practice 6

    • 27. Activity: Target Practice 7

    • 28. Activity: Target Practice 8

    • 29. Activity: Target Practice 9

    • 30. Activity: Target Practice 10

    • 31. Activity: Target Practice 11

    • 32. Activity: Target Practice 12

    • 33. Activity: Target Practice 1,9 combo

    • 34. Poor T's :(

    • 35. The Power of "R" and "L"

    • 36. Let's put these targets to work!

    • 37. American Rhythm

    • 38. Word Rhythm

    • 39. Range, Range, Range!

    • 40. Let's Do The Tongue Twist!

    • 41. Let's Wrap This Up!

    • 42. Congratulations!!

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About This Class

As an Award Winning Broadway Credited Voice Coach for nearly  20 years,  I always found it fascinating when my foreign students would be able to sing a standard American song with NO accent. Somehow, singing completely eliminated their accent. Since that discovery, I have created a proven, groundbreaking, easy to understand, result oriented approach to reduce, and in some cases eliminate the foreign accent completely (don't worry, it doesn't involve you singing LOL!).

Welcome to the Accent Reduction Gym! The ONLY way we can learn the American Accent is to retrain our tongue and soft palette muscles to create these American sounds and rhythms that your body is just not used to making.  I will be providing you with specific exercises focusing on the sound and feel of specific American "Targeted" sounds and how they link to each and every consonant.   In addition, I will  share specific singing techniques to help create reliable muscle memory that you can call upon instantly.  This technique has helped so may of my accent reduction students master the American Accent a lot faster. 

By the end of this course you would have gone through every possible combination of sounds.  There will be nothing you will come across that we haven't covered in your practice.  Our goal is to make sure these improvements are retained, so you can call upon them when you need them.  That will involve practicing on your end.  If you commit to the practice exercises you will improve much more rapidly.  

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Two-Time Broadway Award Winning Actor/Singer Gabriel has performed starring roles on Broadway, Las Vegas and International stages around the world. His televised PBS concert “Live from the Venetian in Las Vegas”, has aired in over 350 PBS stations across North America. 

Gabriel has studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and began his career as an apprentice actor at the prestigious Shaw Festival of Canada. He made his Broadway debut in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams, under the direction of 2-time Academy Award winning composer A.R. Rahman. He also starred as Lancelot in the Broadway National Tour of Camelot and Magaldi in the Broadway National tour of Evita (Harold Prince Revival). Gabriel had the distinguished honor of origina... See full profile

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1. Introduction: are you tired of hearing? I'm sorry. Can you repeat that, or Hey, I love your accent. Where you from? Look, I get it coming from an immigrant family myself. I can relate to the challenges of trying to communicate effectively with a foreign accent. This issue can be holding you back from advancing in your career. I mean, you could look good, smell good, feel good before that big meeting or presentation. But it's what comes out of your mouth that will make or break your first impression. Five. Top thousands of students with accents from all over the world how to master the American accent and dramatically reduced and in some cases completely eliminate their foreign accent . With my unique revolutionary and groundbreaking technique as an award winning Broadway credited voice coach, I've been teaching singing for over 15 years on I always found a fascinating when my foreign students would be able to sing a standard American song with no accent. Somehow singing eliminated their accent completely. Think about it when listening to the music of Adele or U two or the Beatles. Do you ever hear their thick accent in any of their songs? Don't worry I'm not gonna have your singing arias unless you want me to. But my approach focuses on similar techniques. Professional singers use to place certain sounds and specific areas in what is called the mask. Don't worry, This will make sense more in the course, so you not only hear how the placement sounds, but feel how the placement sounds. And after enough practice, it will become a muscle memory that will flow through you. Naturally. Learning an accent is a physical endeavor. We have to retrain your tongue and the muscles in your soft palate to create the specific targeted sounds that your body is just not used to making. Think of me as your accent reduction personal trainer. Not only will we be mastering the American sound and placement, but also the American rhythm, which is essential to help you sound both natural and influence. This course is about mastering the American accent so you can get that promotion. Win that audition, get that dream job. You will see instant results. Take the first step to propel your career to the next level. Let's put an end to I'm sorry, can you repeat that or Hey, I love your accent. Where you from together 2. Welcome!: Hey there, Gabriel. Over a photo here. And welcome to my accent reduction course. First off, I want to congratulate you on taking the first step towards bettering your future. Together, we will take the journey towards mastering the American accent. Now, if we're gonna master something, we need to know its source. How became what it is today. The American accent is a beautiful conglomeration of the different contributions immigrants to America have given it over the years. That's why there are so many variations of the American accent across the United States, from California to the Midwest to New York and even Boston. And there, so close. What I teach is a neutralized across the board American accent. It's what they teach national news casters on, for example, Fox or CNN versus the regional newscasters say, from Boston or Texas. Now, as I said in the intro video, as a singing teacher, I was always blown away to hear my foreign students sing standard American songs with no accent. And as a kid, I remember listening to interviews of my favorite European bands talking away in these interviews in Russian German, Australian British accents. But when they sat there songs. There wasn't a hint of their accident. All I knew I was out to something. So after years of research, I came up with a super simplified approach to accent reduction. Before we get into it, let me give you a quick sample If I were to save you, for example. Hey, happy birthday to you. Your brain can possibly process all the information coming at you at once. When I visit my home country in Argentina and I speak American to my family, all they hear is burble, burble, burble They can't possibly process all that information at once. So far to say to you again Hey, happy birthday to all we hear is remember murmur. But if we slow it down and break it down one sound at a time like this Happy birthday to you Your brain is able to process each sound one by one. It's coming at you one by one. So take the singing out of the equation we have You're a new By slowing things down, we can identify and isolate and perfect these what I call targeted sounds. These are the very common sounds or vowel variations that come up constantly when speaking in an American language. So we need to perfect thes sounds both physically and audio only. Now, let me ask you something. How many targets sounds do you think there are? Take a guess at 30 40 50 80 12. That's right. 12 Onley 12 targeted sounds that we need to perfect both physically and Ottaway and a lot of my accent reduction students. They meet for the first time, say, But my speech therapist teacher told me to study this book, which is this thick. And when I took a look at it, I saw so many different variations. The Why e sound w o sound the o sound. You go bananas trying to figure out all of these formulas and sounds. And Schwab this and Schwab that and even I was intimidated. And I'm a native speaker. Hear me out. Give me a chance to simplify this for you. It's a lot easier than you think. It will take practice on your part, but don't worry. I'll guide you through it, and by the end of this course you will know exactly what to practice and how often to practice it. Let's get started 3. Target Sounds: now the first thing I want you to do is throw spelling out the window. When it comes to the American accent. We're not concerned about associating how something is spelt and how it sounds. It will drive you crazy. There are so many inconsistencies if we were to look at the word how and low they're spelled almost identical. Yet they have two different sounds or book and moon same vowel combinations but two different sounds or daughter laughter two completely different sounds with almost the same exact spelling. We can't rely on spelling. We have to rely on our sensory perceptions in order to know the differences and the targeted sounds by sensory perceptions. I mean, how they sound, how they feel and memory recall. So, for example, if we focus on the sound of a book move book, 00 book, book, book and move. If I really close my eyes and I really focus on these two different sounds Book Moon. The difference is air clear, but we also want to focus on how they feel. What I mean by feel is the same technique that singers use when they sing every single note . A singer sings has a placement in the mask. It's the bone structure of the face If they sing Ah, two different placements. We use the same principle for the feeling sensory perception when we feel book 00 book. Oh, I feel more sort of in my throat I feel my mouth opening up Just a tad Sort of like a sound book Hey, that's the same as Cook Look, Shook took And then Moon who I feel a tightness in my lips who, if you my tongue tightening up a bit who and I feel the vibration more sort of in my teeth on the front of my lips and the third perception memory recall. I mean, you've been in America long enough to know or have seen enough American movies or TV to know that if we switch these sounds around using the same examples moon and book, it doesn't sound right. Doesn't sound like something you would see in a movie. For example, let's use George Clooney in a scene switching these sounds. Hey, I love reading this book. This book is so interesting. I got this book in the library. Budke No, no, no. It doesn't sound like something I remember in the movie book. 00 I remember that target. Oh, I remember that feeling. I remember that sound. It's that target book just like cook and look Same thing if you research around the other way Moon Montana. Hey, that's a beautiful money in the sky. The money is so round and bright tonight, isn't it, Honey? Munn Munn uh, Mum does not sound like the right target moon a moon. So the more you know these differences with all of our three sensory perceptions that easier, you'll be able to recall them and know the difference. We're isolating these target. It sounds by physical izing them into existence over and over again, just like you would when you're training at the gym and with enough practice, you'll be able to call up on these targets instantly. Now, once we've identified these 12 targeted sounds, we then come in and out of these targets with the continent sounds from book. We're going to go through all of these combination, so don't worry about it. I know certain accents have problems with the sounds of constants, but guess what? In our practice sheet, we combine every single constants into each target. We come in and out of them, so by the end of the exercise we would have done almost every possible combination of sound . So there's nothing you will come across that you haven't practiced. It's like preparing for a boxing match. The boxer needs to know every possible combination. So everything you come across in the American accent you'll be prepared for. So let's get ready to hit the Jeb. I hope you're excited because I am, too. Let's get these muscles trained and ready for these targets and combinations. See the next video. 4. Target 1: so the first target is pay very close attention now to how it sounds and feels is, uh ah, now a Onley exists in the American accent. There are no other accents out there that have this sound. In fact, this is the sound that people associate Americans to being rude with. If that one sound that when tourists here Americans say they go, My God, they sound so root cause it's kind of in your face, like Apple happy astronaut. That's fantastic. I'm so happy to see you a lot of sort of Latin based Eastern European accents to them, that sound AB is very out of this world. It's it's not in their comfort zone. So we need to leave that comfort zone and really reach for at A lot of people tend to miss this target. Oh, like after for a couple versus after and Apple or locked that thing is important. That thing is important now. How does it sound? Obviously, it kind of sounds in your face and bright. Doesn't it? A now Does it feel placement wise? A. To me, it kind of sounds like it's forward and high. A good way to hit it is by smiling for now to physical eyes. It is by smiling and think of going high versus aw aw fter after. So that leaves and Joey is target one. Now let's use one word that we could use that sort of like a GPS guide, a way for us to remember that ass sound. So let's use the word hat right? Since we've established that this sound sits high on your head, let's call it hats. Consider that word as a GPS, a guide for us to know where to go to hit that number one. I mean, I could have used anything I could have used Apple or counter or or fantasy, but we're keeping it simple, since it's high up in present hat zone where hat would be Let's call it hat 5. Target 2: target number two I I words like I love you or high hi or bye. A lot of people tend to miss this target, for example, by I need to buy food buy versus really reaching for it by I need to buy food. Our Hi, How are you? Hi. Versus really reaching for it again leaving the comfort zone. Hi, How are you now? How does this sound too? May I? Again? It has that sort of bright forward sound, but this time a little higher. Imagine you're going fishing And here's your fishing. Roger going. You're going up and above highway sky. A lot of people tend to miss this, too, because it's up in that bright, weird zone, right? That's sort of uncomfortable place where it's in your face, but we gotta The more uncomfortable it feels making, the better it is. Let's find a GPS target word for this particular sound so we could refer to it. Let's use the word high because it's still high. It's still up there, isn't it? So we could use high as a reference point for that particular target 6. Target 3: the next target. Target number three A A on again When we missed this target, it tends to sound like day. Hey, Hey, How are you or today? Today's the day a. It's down in the safe zone. We need to go to that uncomfortable place above day. It's a beautiful day today again up here that sounds and feels forward. Still, doesn't it sort of up in this high zone A like in words like they great name? Same. I'm late for my train train versus leaving that comfort zone and really going for it I'm late for my train This is all about creating sounds that you are not comfortable with your body is fighting it saying Wait a minute, we sound rude. We sound like we're offending people. Are you sure this is right? The weirder feels the more intrusive it feels, the better it iss you need to make this your new normal physically and how it sounds so our GPS or go to word. Let's use the word saying same 7. Wrap up Group 1 (Targets 1,2,3): There you go. Ladies and Joe. One that targets 12 and three. Now we've established that they sit up here, don't they? So now let me introduce you to my friend here. I don't have a name for him yet, but I should create him. He's the face. The mask I was telling you about. Right. So now let's establish where these three targets sit. Well, we've established It's up here, Isn't it? Up in the sort of high forehead zone. So why don't we place it right there with our GPS? Go to words. They're going to be in that bright high zone. Excellent targets. 12 and three are at number one. I number two a number three on The words were going to use as a guide hat. Hi. Same. So whenever I say to you Hey, give me a one one. That's the word hat at that. So these words air there to help you find these targets. And if you're wondering, OK, well, but I don't know these words. How am I gonna know how they sound? Yeah, it's like it's easy cause you're here. You're telling me how these words sound not to worry. I'm gonna be giving you an MP three of me saying each of these 12 targets for you, so you'll have them as reference. Oh, if you forget at how does that sound go again? Look up. There it is. You could also go to Google Translator. You just go to Google translator and you plug in the name or the word and she will tell you exactly what it is and you'll be able to hear those exact targets. 8. Target 4: now let's move on to target for Target for is back here e were no longer up here and forward. We're back here like in tree. He like an we like in ceiling right in here. E how does it sound? E It sounds like it's kind of ringing from back here. How does it feel? E. It sounds very tight. E Everything is close physically, and you kind of sort of going back versus going forward with I a Those sound forward and up . E Sounds like it's worked back in here. OK, Number four e. We tend to miss the targets as well. Like, for example, but liveable. It's so unbelievable. Believable or you are so silly. You're such a silly person, Silly. Such a silly person. Excellent. Let's use a GPS or go to word for number four. Let's call it tree e tree. So when I say hit before you know it's trees on E awesome 9. Target 5: Now let's go to Target five. This is also back here. This is, uh, Lycan Mawr number bird. To me, it sounds like it's sort of like back here. Or like it's kind of going inward like it's being sucked in. It's a black hole sucking everything in her versus those forward sounds I A for it's like a bear grizzly. Now, physically has it feel for my jaw is tight her my tongue soft palate. Everything is kind of being sucked back in their her Now A lot of people tend to miss number five or as well, in words like bird a little birds on the tree bird, bird or this morning this morning I woke up this morning, right? It's gonna really tuck in their closer. Close your mouth, clench your teeth and make sure everything tightens up and goes her. Or this is my girlfriend. My girlfriend, my girl Friends Don't worry. We have a lot of time to practice this when we do our exercises. Since her is in the same zone is four e They're both back here E r e for e her. What? We make that sort of GPS word go to word as bird, right? Ah, bird on a tree. That way we remember that these are the sounds were created back here. 10. Wrap up Group 2 (Target 4, 5): now that we've established that four and five or back here, e er er, let's bring up our little chart, friend. And we have these arrows indicating that it's back here. Right? So why don't we go ahead and put the four and five right back there? So when we know by looking at this graph that we're no longer going forward, we're going back e her. 11. Target 6: awesome. Now let's move on to target number six. Target number six. It's more of a closed sound. Target Number six is at A lot of people tend to open her mouth for Target six like that. I'm going to bed. Bed? I'm going to bed. Ah, good rule of thumb is to make sure our mouth is a little tighter, right? That's how it feels to me, Fred. Instead, it feels tight and forward on again. The sound music. It's resonating more in the front of my teeth again. This is a target we missus. Well, like instead for my friend, my friend Fred. My friend Fred, number six. OK, so now let's find a GPS. Go to word for target number six. Something simple. How about bed? Bed? So let's add that now to our Mr Friendly face over here on. Let's put it in that zone I was telling you about, right? Sort of like this tight zone because I kind of feel it more in the nose. Uh, okay. 12. Target 7: now moving on to number seven, which is in the same zone as number six, but just a little further down. So number seven is Yeah, it it. This feels it's more IHS sort of sitting right in on top of my teeth, slightly under the nose, slightly under. We have number six a number seven like Kiss Fist Miss. I miss you now a lot of access tend to mistake a number seven for number four, for example. We know four is E. We've established that already, right? E right. And we know seven. Is it it to complete different places? E it. A lot of accents tend to miss it by saying, for instance, geese give me a geese G's four vs that seven kiss kiss, Give me a kiss or information versus information or footing Steams, for instance, are impossible. Impossible. Impossible. They're two. Very now we know that they're two very distinct sounds for living back here. E on number seven. It more forward, more in front of your teeth. It right, Two different worlds. The more we practice it, the more you will know. The difference is let's now find a go to word for number seven. It it It it sits, sits. That's a pretty good GPS. Go to word sits. Good. So then why don't we go ahead and put it in our happy friendly face over there? Right below number six. It it right there. So we have six on number seven it bed. Sit us. 13. Target 8: Now let's move on to number eight. Number eight is, uh uh huh. Like in cup like in tuck shut. Shut the door again. This target is usually missed by once again, opening that mouth like shocked shot the door or too much. This is too much for me versus keeping it tight. Just like we did number sex. Six up too much. This is too much for me. I want a cup of coffee, Right? Big difference. Let's find a nice, simple GPS word for that up up. But don't use up now. Let's put eight. Since it's still in that same zone just underneath. Uh uh. Remembering to keep that that mouth nice and and short, right? Nice and tight up. 14. Wrap up Group 4 (6, 7, 8): So just to review in this tight zone here in this vicinity on her happy face, we have number six bed number seven. Sit it. Number eight up. Uh, pretty simple. 15. Target 9: Now we're gonna move on to our final group, which is down here. This is where we allow things to drop. This tends to be a little more in the comfort zone area. The first target. Let's move on to target number nine. Ooh, how does it sound? Who? Who again? Tightening of the lips, puckering of my lips. Boo. And it sounds elongated. How does it feel? So again, who? Like? I'm tightening my lips puckering and it's coming up forward do now a rule of thumb for number nine, which is important. It always has life. It's never cut short who, like Tuesday or fruit or I'm going to eat fruit or let's go to the pool pool to swim now pool food. It's always elongated Tuesday, and that's one thing that we tend to forget, and we tend to cut it short. Always remember number nine. Who? Elongated. Wonderful. Let's find a nice, simple GPS word for this. Ooh, I'm kind of hungry. Why don't we say soup? There we go. So from now on, when I say number nine, you're gonna think I'm super. Ooh, There it is. Awesome. Now let's put him in that lower group down here. And Mr Friendly Face who Number nine soup 16. Target 10: now. Number 10. This is a big one. Number 10 huh? Oh, remember earlier we were talking about book George Clooney mixing up those words Book and eBook. Well, that's nine and 10 targets, right? And this 10 00 is for exactly that. A book cook shook took I took away your book, right? How does it feel? Oh, like it's just like we said earlier. 00 it feels that gets more in my throat like a grotto Oh, I feel my lips a little sort of tighter and puckering More like cook took shook. Now a lot of people tend to mistake in nine for 10 Who for? Up, for example? Uh, I'm a good cook. I'm a good cook versus I can cook Good for Luke Luke at Look at this person versus look, look, there's a difference from nine who and 10 up. It's the same, essentially the same sound. But 10 is not as long as nine, and your mouth is slightly open. So nine again is who 10 is. Oh, shuck Cook Tuck versus Shouk cook took You're going to know the difference from nine and 10 because you're gonna be practicing it quite a bit again. Who? Oh, so let's find a nice go to word for number 10. Oh, look, look, that sounds great. Doesn't it look pretty simple to remember? So again, let's put that down here in this bottom sphere under number nine, so we know it's not the same sound. Although it's slightly in the same zone, there is a difference from new right possible. 17. Target 11: Now let's move on to number 11. Oh! Oh! How does it feel? Oh, well, it feels a lot lower than these other ones. Oh, how does it sound? Oh, again, it sounds more sort of in this chesty area versus O s. O lovely. Oh, right again. A lot of people tend to miss this target to the British accents tend to bring it more shallow. Oh, I don't know the time today. No. Versus in America. We drop it more. Oh, oatmeal, Right. Rowboat Those air to 11th. So now let's find a good, simple GPS. Go to word. Oh, open! Open. Right. So we know it's a Mormon Open sound open. Fantastic. Great. So let's put it in that lower sphere in that lower group under number 10. So we have new soup. 10. Look on 11 0! Oh, been 18. Target 12: guess what lives in Germany. We are on our last targets. Oh, I want you to imagine your your head is walking along in the house. And all of a sudden the house floor just caves in on you when you go. Ah, opera often. Awesome! I got He's so tall. Hey, throw me the ball. Oh, now this is a big one. We tend to forget rights. We tend to shorten it up. Bottled. Donald, my friend, is so tall. Right? I'm going to go to the model to go shopping mall shopping. Ma Scharping This is again really out of that comfort zone. We are leaving that comfort zone of a little too. All think of 12. Aw, is like the polar opposite of number one. You can't get to targets that are even further apart. One is apt. 12 is, uh, like, obvious optical illusion. How does it feel? Oh, kind of feels like I'm yawning. Oh, right. It's got a more of a depth to it. How does it sound? Oh, it sounds really like it's in my chest voice. Even if I go higher pitch. Ah, I got an offer. Awesome. Oh, it's still sort of Resonates down here. Now let's find a nice go to word for ah, 12. Since I kind of looked like an opera singer when I do this, huh? I don't use the word opera opera, So when you hear opera, you think of an opera singer going. Oh, dropping That sounds great. Opera. So let's put that down here down in that lower sphere under 11. Number 12. Awesome. Optical versus awful. Awesome. Optical all. You gotta really drop that sound for number 12. 19. Great Work! Let's review our TARGETS!: fantastic, lazy human. That is it. Those are the 12 targets. Let's do a quick review. Okay? With the sound and the word starting from number one, Uh, hot. Remember to smile Number two. I high number three a same. Remember to keep that nice and bright. Now we're gonna leave this zone. We're gonna go back here to number four E Tree. We're going to stay there and do number five her bird. So we're gonna leave this zone now and go to this tight zone here in the front number six bed. Remember to keep your mouth nice and tight. Number seven it sit. Number eight again. Keeping it tight. Up. Up. Great. Now we're gonna leave this zone and go in this lower zone down here. Number nine Who? Soup number 10. Oh, look, number 11. 00 Number 12 opera. Fantastic. These are the 12 targets that we will obsess over. Okay, I want you learn this like your favorite song. I want you to play when you're working out in your headphones. I a e. Because this is going to be the foundation for our practice sheets, which is in the next video where we're going to start now, implementing the continents in and out of these 12 targets. So we will work every possible muscle combination in your body. So there is no combination you will not be prepared for. Are you ready? Because I'm ready. Good one little sort of side note. A target combination I want you to be aware of that is very common. This is the 19 combo, remember? That's a who put that together. Oh, that's a very popular combination in words like how cow? I'm going into town, Brown. You're going to hear a lot of that as we do. These exercise are gonna be like, Great. Give me in 19 combination on that one. Okay. A ooh ooh, That's a good one. Get that into your body now. So then when we come across it later, you'll be ready. Great work. 20. Consonance : Okay, ladies and gentleman, Now that we've established all of our targets and where they sits, it's now time to introduce the continents. Now, as I said earlier, these constants will be on the left and on the right of us. So there's this pretty much they're the same continents from B all the way down a soft th. Now we're going to be going through each and every one of these as we do our exercises. I know a lot of people like, Well, I have problems with certain constant sounds. Guess what? We get to go over each of them 12 times with her practice session. So I want you to imagine a river, Okay? I'm the river. I'm the river stream on the middle there's a rock. And on this rock is the targets. And on the left and the right of this river are constants. So let's go down the road. Let's start with the 1st 1 Be okay. So imagine there's a be here. The targets here on the B is there. So essentially jumping from the B to target one to target one to target, be so bad, ab and then you basically go down the line than CK, which is essentially the sound we have a cat AC on. Basically, we're doing each constant with each particular target taking the form of that rock. So what this does is that it works every possible combination. Because what a lot of people, mrs, that how precise we hit these targets are influence by where we're coming from with these continents. And then basically you go down the list focusing on the first target. Then we move on to the next target target to Let's review number two. I remember that one, I So we go by I Chi Ike die. I'd and we basically go down through the list. So what we're doing is are muscle is getting trained to be able to hit these targets consistently, no matter where we're going or where we're coming from. So it's like That's why I call it the target practice sheets because that's exactly what we're doing. We're doing target practice with each of these targets one through 12 like a shooting range , right? We're trying to hit that target regardless of where we're from, whether we're a top of the hill underneath the car or on top of a barn. You know, wherever we are, we have to make sure we hit that target consistently. As we go through these exercises, you're gonna start noticing that the targets will veer off based on what continents were starting with or ending with. Okay, it's a brief explanation. So let's get started with our target. Practice is using are constants B all the way down a soft th. I'm going to be talking a lot through these combination exercises. No need to worry. By the end of this lesson, you're gonna have an MP three of me saying each target combination with no interruptions so you could use to practice with every day. Okay, so awesome. Let's get to it. 21. Activity: Target Practice 1 : Okay. Welcome to target practice. Let's focus in on target number one now review. Okay, so let's start from the left with the letter B, but bad. Ah, but rights Pretty simple. Go to the CK sound, which is the sound cap ac. And you're gonna start noticing that these air beginnings or parts of words like Cadillac accolades. Okay, let's go on to the next one. D duh der ad. My dad loves toe ad, so make sure we're hitting these continents before and after next one F Now this particular target some people have problems with because it requires to do something that again you're just not used to doing by letting the air come out. So the f sound we want to support from the diaphragm and just all we're doing is keeping her mouth tight with your teeth biting your lower lip like this and blowing air through your teeth and lips. Here we go into target one. Fantastic after G is good. Good Gap ag gas H Now for the h. Let's just go into it because they're really no words like af I kept find any words that have the at combination. So for this one age in general for all of these targets were just going to go into it. Happy moving onto J. No jab adjudge going on to l know who. Uh, our now l A lot of people have problems in this pronunciation to they're not used to bring the tongue forward. 00 I want that tongue to be in between the teeth slightly sticking up for now. Oh, again. It's a sound that a lot of accents are not used to making. They're used to having the l back here. Like especially the Indian accents. Like London by a lollypop. Bring that tongue forward in between your teeth. Oh! Oh, Okay, let's do that with number one. How right Ladder Alberts. Next one M Mm. Matt. Um and no on my nanny, my friend Anne. Let's Goto p Now. My friend Patrick has a great app. Lets go toa que Now quote quote This is another one that people are not used to making quo . It's got that sound and it's got a bit of that nine new quo. But now let's combine that with the one target quote Akwa going on toe are guess what are is target number five, but because it's such a popular sound of the American accent that I used it as a target. So the situation we're using now the constant sound Earth to number one Or remember that one back here nice and tight or to number one rand, our making sure we hit that one. Don't let that continent throw you off because we're way back here and we're going way up here. We tend to miss the target, like raw, like Robert or my friend. Run, Let's go to s Now again, this is another sound. Agree that we need to use their dive around to let the l air through se ass astronaut Saturday. Let's go to tea now again. Another target. A lot of people have problems with the Indian target specifically tend to bring their comeback. They're like, today tower dough made. Oh, so imagine this is the top of your mouth. Okay, here's your teeth. I want your tongue and sitting back here. Uh, bring your tongue forward till it's sort of between your upper and lower teeth in the front . Todd. So again for the l sound the tea set, we want that tongue to be forward. Okay, let's use a Tito one at tap class going vino again. It's another continent that requires support and airflow. It's similar to the f sound, but this time we're actually creating a sound. It's like we're humming between our teeth going v into one that I have avenue vast oasis. Now let's go to W What so w into one. Why our wagon? Our going to X now the X we want to put at the end because of no words like sad. So let's go from one to x ax. I'm chopping wood with my axe z za as now ch again It needs support from the diaphragm on air is coming out. Let's go ch teau one chap. Ach, chapter, Let's go. It s aches now, Theo. Difference from ch and shh is that s h we long eight The air The air flows through its right. So let's go from the S H 21 shot Ash Ashley has my shampoo now hard th are with words like those This softy age is the same thing with no sound, no sound Just air tongue forward between the teeth for words like think thought now heart ege that have soft th sat atthe athlete Thankful Nice 22. Activity: Target Practice 2: Guess what. We're done with number one. Let's move on to number two. Okay, let's review number two. I high remember that one Up and over above the nose and over. I great. Now let's start from the top with me. This time we're a little more familiar with the continents. It's gonna go a little more smoothly, right? So but by I seek Chi Ike Iconic my friend Kyle Di di di I diagram Idaho. FYI, I Eiffel Tower scored it g Now remember, G is the gut sound guy I h remember which is going to go into it. Hi. Hi. Hibernation Highway. All right. Onto J jump. I'm reject. Gee, I I gyration I jumped for joy. L lie, I'll I'll meet you at the library. You hear those combinations working in there? It's gonna end now. Um, my I'm I'm miles away And ny I'm neither of you. I know you gotta pee now. Pi ike pie I ponder sometime. Que quote, quote, quote Remember this one, right, Kwai? I quote, I qualify. Quiet! Remember that one for rye? Ire! My friend Ryan is ironing my clothes. Yes, Sigh eyes. I sat down sideways teat Thai ICT tie my shoes. I taught him very well again. Just examples. I'm throwing out literally from the top of my head. Okay, uh V Now remember this one Say information as f but with a humming sound thigh. I've Xilin, I've I've got this violin. W again. Why are you I want I washed my clothes X Remember the extra putting at the end here? Right? Ike's bikes. I like riding bikes. Z zai eyes C h h i ise. So now as we go through these, I'm going to stop with the examples because you get the idea by now. Okay, Not to s H. Now Remember that one? It's just like ch, but elongated shy I good hard th remember that one that has the humming sound thigh eyes Are either of you coming softy age again? Same thing, no sound. Sigh. I I thought my thigh was hurting. A good exercise for these continents that require you to support from the diaphragm and expel air like this is hissing by taking a big deep breath from the diaphragm and then his ings and keeping that hiss as consistent as possible. That's going to allow you to train your muscles from your diaphragm and your soft palettes to work together to create that elongated, airy sound that you're probably just not used to make it. OK, so it's good to do that a couple of times in time herself. See how long you can go. But the key there is to keep that hiss going as consistent as possible. Not, but right to the end, that's gonna build those diaphragm muscles that are gonna help you with those those airflow constant sounds. I was telling it up. Great. That's fantastic. Now let's move to Target number three. 23. Activity: Target Practice 3 : Now let's move to target number three A. Remember that one. A same same concept is before starting with the top B. But bay Abe, are you able to help me see K ache, aches and pains D day aid if se eighth g got got Got gay a good h Hey, that's it. Remember, we're not going to the other way J now Gyp gyp j age man Jason has aged. It's what? L know. Ho ho! Remember that one right? Tongue Forward it out. Pool a ale, right? Lay me down with a pint of ale. M may aim and nay ain p pay eight again keeping those targets consistent. Don't let them veer off The key here is that making sure that we hit these targets consistently no matter where we're coming from. Ok, we're kuna, right quay A quote are your Ray air s say ace Teed tae eight The love of they a V w way a were Wait a minute. Right X, remember to put exit Ian aches z z they A's c h j Age s h shea a heart th remember those They a soft th say a guess what? We're done with group number one. Remember that? That bright target with at I a hat high? Same. We're done with that side. We're done with that group. 24. Activity: Target Practice 4: Now let's do the same exercises and move on to the second group back here. Four and five. OK, number four. Let's review. He kept from the top this time we could move a little faster because we're a little more familiar with how this exercise works and the constant sounds. Here we go remembering to keep that target back here. Number four e nice and consistent. Don't let it veer off. Ready? Here we go. B but B e Bob seek key eq The d ead fi Eve g g IGPA h He remember just going into it, right? He he loves me. He a lot of people tend to Mrs Target hit hair is awesome. Hey, he got jumped up. G e j l o. Remember that tongue forward, Lee eel. Mm me e m and ni e in peak p ik people. Right? Que quote, quote, quote qui e quote equal. I feel queasy. Two fours in that year that are Remember that five Her re ear. I really feel weird. S c ease t t eat v z IV w we You were Eakes Z. He's g each cheese. Each of you Shh! She ish heart Th the e There are either of you these things south Th remember No sound the IV Good. Awesome 25. Activity: Target Practice 5: Now, let's go to number five. Remember that sound? Her number five has to state tucked in there as we do these Here we go from the top. Ready? I remember going to keep the integrity of that five. We can't go up from that little area, but I bad myself not putting abs in the spices. I burned myself. I'm putting herbs and the spices. Keep it in there. Here we go with C. Uh uh have a nice and tight D Dept. Duerr her fermentation. And guess what do you hear? Three in there in that word fermentation firm. And Tae, there's at three over the same fermentation. You're going to start hearing these targets come up in all of these words, right? And then eventually, everything you listen to it's a new discovery. Org. Right. Here we go. Good girl. Her h and we're going into it her j jure urge. L ler my friend Earl and murder miraculously. Did you hear a one in there? I did. We heard five myr ac Ulis. There is that one. Now we know it's no mystery anymore. We know it's a one. So we're gonna hit it. We know it's if I were gonna hit it miraculously. And it's nothing we haven't practiced because we've practiced that combination. Remember, back then we would when we did wrap our So we know the rat combination we've practice it so miraculous will come easy for you as you continue practicing. Good end, Nure earn Nurses earn a lot of money Tough per que core er quote they are Skip it. We're not gonna combine her with her. Just be a bunch of rowers. So let's Goto s sir worse her ERT turtle turn the ver earth w were for what my friend Erwin loves words x but at the end arcs z tzar errors ch chur er church. I'm going to church. Birds are chirping. Shh! Sure. Earth Hearty age They're earth soft th sir Earth. The earth is thirsty. I'm sure you're feeling a bit tired right now. Aren't you all that sort of muscle work? But guess what? That's why I'm your axle reduction personal trainer. We have to train the muscles. So if you feel tightened tired, that's good. If you feel awkward and man, I just making these weird sounds that's even better because you're making your body get used to creating these weird sounds Great 26. Activity: Target Practice 6: we'll be on to number six now. Zone three. We went to zone one. Never that one. A zone two e earn our in zone three. Remember this one bad? Sit up and it up. So let's focus on six. Now, remember, at nice and forward sitting on the teeth, going from the top but bear and remember to keep your mouth nice and tight We don't want their the nice and tight C k care ec Kendall de der Ed. My friend Ed is in his desk. I'm just making this up as I go along said F effort, federal government. And as I progressed, the words I'm gonna be used. You're gonna get a little mawr complicated because you could do it. Here we go, G go get egg. Can you get the egg H head number? Just going into a headache. Did you hear three in there? Head ache. Remember that? A So that would be a 63 combo headache. Moving on now to J Jet ed. No el m met. I m. So now I'm gonna go through these and not necessarily mention the continent's anymore because you know him already. The list is right there in front of on. You're familiar with them? Okay, I only did at the beginning just to get you going. But this is to move things forward. So with the end net and quick, quick, quick Question are red air. There's an error in my reservation. Going on s set? Yes. 10 it, then ever. Where? Wedding, Right X x, My ex's wedding. That's a tough situation. Z z there as chair etch Sure s rth that softy h f good. 27. Activity: Target Practice 7: onto number seven over this one. It from the top. Big eb que It did it to keep those targets nice and sharp. If g get egg H head Hiccup J J INGE newly ill may I m No en Okay, it que quote. Quit equal it. Quality quickly. Are Marie Air Air reversible. Risky s C ISS teat. Teoh it v vit. If with you it will x x z is check it she ish. The is the See it. Remember the differentiation between with hearty H and soft th good. I know it's feels tedious and you're tired. I get it. But we have to practice these combinations because everything you will say in the American accents will have these combinations. And the more you train your muscles, that more fluid it will be and will be like falling off a log. 28. Activity: Target Practice 8: Let's go to number eight now, huh? But, uh, cup oak Duh. Uh huh. God, Uh, Good, huh? Hug J job. I'm Jim Le. Oh, ma, Um no on. Huh? Uh, so us But the of W What? What? What? Oh, x bucks buzz much. She, uh uh The th uh huh. Nice. Excellent. 29. Activity: Target Practice 9: now Guess what? We're down to our last zone. Zone number four. We went one, 23 Now we're no last young ladies jumping number four. Remember Number nine. Who elongate that? We want to keep that nine long. Just like we established when we talked about the targets earlier. Here we go from the top. But Boo, you don't want to cut it short like boob along it. Right? See? Cake? Coup Luke D do you? And if who? Who G goo good. Who? Jew Who? Judge Blue, Move whom The moon move New moon. I'll see you at noon, Prue. Pool que cool quote are Peru or follow the rules Has sue. Who's to boot? Who? X kooks Zu Whose two? Huge Choose which shoes you want. Shh! Shoe boosh Heart Ege that do the softy age Do you Nice 30. Activity: Target Practice 10: for 10. We're just going to go into it. We're not going to go out of it because there no words, really, that have bug off home put sound. It's more going into, like book. Could should, Right? So but this is we're going to do something else to make its to simplify for us, because it get 10 is one of those awkward targets where it's kind of in the middle of nowhere. So we're gonna add the K at the end, right? So, for example, we're gonna do is go into it with a K at the end, So book cook, duck, see what we're doing. We're just going into it. Not out of it with a k a t. We're on Dick Duck. Fuck! Good luck. Hook, joke. Look, Mark Nook, Office nook. Poke quote. Rick Suck took voke work. Put the end books books. See, there's that combination for that exit and write books, books, cooks, right. My looks going out to sea. Zuck! Chuck, Shook. Shook right, look, Look. Excellent. That's it. That's for number 10 And again really trying to make sure we hit that target consistently. Don't let that 10 go onto the you like book. Cool. Oh, uh, remember that 10 right 31. Activity: Target Practice 11: Now, let's go to 11. Remember this one? Oh! Oh, been okay. We got to go down and close from the top. Bo O Co Oak, my co worker. Did you hear those two fives in that word co worker were her? We worked on those combinations, didn't we? When we did were were what? And Kirk your muscles know that now? So when we saw when we say coworker, your body's gonna be like, Oh, my God, you are. What's that sound? No, no, no. Because if you've practiced this, your body will be able to produce that sound Going to D doe. Oh! Faux off. Go, ogre! Oh, Joe O J Lo o mo Home No own! I'm on my own. Po Oped poetry Kuo Ochoa Row four Ready or not? Here's that 11. So those tow boat Vaux over What? Whoa! Oh, I o u won't won't Oh, you see how those combinations fit? So those chou coach show Oh, show me the ocean The heart age, though. Oh, the although soft th so both I take the oath right? Excellent 32. Activity: Target Practice 12: guess what? We are in our last target. Leasing. Jumping the exercise number 12. Remember that? 12? Keep that integrity of that 12 alive by dropping it and hoping it up. We don't want way want Oh, remember like your yawning Oh, here we go from the top. Remember it? Drop that 12. But Barr ob my friend Bob Car talk not cool book car OC My colleague is in college. De Dar Odd Dr Audience for Off God og heart Hospital. You see how those 12 Zehr Very specific. This if we're sure just a little bit hospital. Ho ho doesn't fit. That's why we call it target practice. Because we have to hit these targets specifically to get that word correct. J jar arj My job law, All all of you and ma Um no on poem, huh? Opulent pondering. Awkward quality. See how that 12 opens Quality, not quantity. Quality quality. Now let's break that down quality. Can you tell me what those targets are? Quad A. D. That's right. 12 07 It sits it. Remember that? And for e tree quality D you see how these targets air fitting? And now every sound is one of these 12 targets. No more, no less. No need to stress for anything else. Master. These 12 targets into a master. Your destiny that's pretty cheesy are so us Soon tone so off. Wow, our Washington X Men for the ox Zo Oz char arch chopping Shaw Osh Shopping hard th the the soft it thaw off. I thought of you. There you go. Ladies and gentlemen, those are the 12 targets for our target practice session. Now comes the fun part. Now we start identifying these combination and different words, sentences and phrases. Let's have fun. I'm gonna be providing with an MP three of me saying at each of these combinations uninterrupted without me blabbing on. So you have something clean toe work with in practice with every day? Well, you can not six days a week. Okay. Thes targets and target combination is your favorite song. From now off, when you're working out, I want you to think that ab can act. Okay. Is this gonna make everything so much easier if you practice? I can't put a chip in the back your thing and you're American know it needs practice on your side. Okay, But I'm trying to provide you with all the facilities you need to help us move forward. Okay. Great job. Pat in the back. Let's move on. 33. Activity: Target Practice 1,9 combo: So now remember earlier we were talking about the 19 combo our like how and cow and all that. Well, now let's implement that into our daily exercises. Okay? So we could work that muscle as well. Starting from the top on Be bow alb Cow out. Dow out FAO our Hey, that's a foul ball Gow out I got my eye. How How Right! Jiau Ouch! Lau How that our is so loud That's a first Mao our mountain Now on now Pau out Wow Our quote row our hour of the day Sau house, that's so sour Tao out Tower vow out I take the vow Wow! Our right our wow! It's that our again you see how it's pretty much everywhere. It's a very commonly used combination. That's why we implemented in these exercises X no ALCs Xau house chow Ouch! Ouch! You burnt me with that chowder Xiao Ouch sh shower heart. It's now thou alv softy age fao Ouch 1000. You see how it's a very common combination. So it's good to implement that your daily exercise is to get those muscles trained to make that our sound. Okay, Good job 34. Poor T's :(: Now I'm gonna throw a few things here that are quote unquote rules again. Remember how saying earlier there are no rules in this game? Everything spelt a specific way does not have that same sound. But I'll call them quote unquote rules. So you know that it's not necessarily all the time. It's most of the time. Okay? How the t sound? I want you to think of the T as a kid who gets bullied at school. He's other ignored at the end of the line or he's mistaken for a D. Poor guy t has it hard by ignoring the t at the end. It gives it more of an American sound. For example, can Whoa, right. Yeah, I thought of you last night. It's totally right. I can't do that. I won't go in there now. Is it the end of the world? If you say t at the end, I won't go in there. I can't do that. No, it's not. But just to give it that a little more about authentic American sound. If you kill those teas at the end, it just It just sounds more American. Now if you're doing theater of course you want to say those teas? I can't. I won't. I thought. But most of us are not in front of 3000 people in a theater. We're talking normally. Just something to keep in mind. As you go through this, you might hear me say k kill that tea or someone and so forth. Now the T is also sometimes mistaken for De, for example, like quality. And we were talking about this word earlier instead of saying quality, which isn't wrong either. But if you change it t two a. D quality again, it's got more of that American edge as well. Letter vs letter right now. As I was saying earlier, these are quote unquote rules, meaning sometimes not all the time, but most of the time, because you have words like country that that is a T country. Sometimes it changes to D. Sometimes it doesn't. Well, how am I gonna know the difference? Of course you have your Google translator. You could put it in there and I will tell you you could hear it or just do what I was telling you earlier is putting it into George Clooney movie. Imagine George Clooney saying, I need to write a letter. If I write a letter, a letter. Is it something he would say? Oh yeah, Gabriel told me. Sometimes it changes to a D. Let me try that letter. I need to write a letter to the letter that sounds more authentic to me, creating this database of words by watching a lot of American television. A lot of American national newscasters. You start building a database of words that you could refer to when you play the George Clooney game or the actor in a scene game to help you recall again. We're talking about to recall these words Letter letter of same with quality. Is it quality? I want quality wine quality, Gabe said. That sometimes changes to a D. Let's try changing the two D quality quality quality. That sounds better. That sounds more like something I've heard before. Recall database Accumulation 35. The Power of "R" and "L": now. Another thing I want you to be aware of is when a vow is before our sometimes not all the time. Remember those rules. The R is so powerful member, or that it eats up whatever vow is next to it. For example, in words like word or world, a lot of my accent reduction students have problems of these words because these they see the oh, so they think it's world or work. But in this case again rules the are so powerful that it eats up that Oh, and all we're left with is a W five for combo. Remember that when we're practicing earlier were Earl. This is where it comes into play word world. Does it happen all the time? No. Let's look at the word before. Let's break that down before Let's see b e Oh, yeah, that feels like before be foe. Oh, open 0 11 So we have b foe her and there's a five in this situation. The fight doesn't kill that vow. These are things to be aware of, right? And also the l has a similar effect. Sometimes the Ellis, so powerful that eats up that vow and sometimes It doesn't, for example, words like Animal Andi anymore. Let's break that down a one, Nick It iss sit, sit, sit seven on de Mol. In this case, the l kills that A on a more versus animal like it would be in Spanish or Italian, any Molly or any model right? In this situation that l so powerful it kills it. That's an option you have. Right? And in other cases, it doesn't, for example, small, small. Let's break that down to 12 right? Small, not smug. Small. George Clooney wouldn't say. That's a small car you have there. Uh, that's a small car you have there, right to 12 on in this situation. The l does not eat up that bell. We have small against something I want you to have in your back burner as we move forward. 36. Let's put these targets to work!: Okay, so now in front of me, I have a list of 300 of the most popular words spoken in the American accent. Obviously, we're not gonna go through all of 300 of these words or gonna be here for a while, but I'm just randomly going to choose a couple, and we could start plugging in those targets and combinations. OK? So you could see how they work. All right, let's look, at example. I'm looking at example. Yeah, but you're saying it correctly. It's easy when you're here again. Get your Google translator plug an example, and she's gonna tell you exactly how it sounds. Example. Okay, let's break that down. Now that we know. Example. Okay. Big it seven sits it right. Exact. Uh, what targets? That one Exam bull. Seven big and one example. Okay, let's go to another one. Music. I have music. What targets? That new. All right. What is that? That's a nine. Remember that? Who? Soup music. It it it What? Targets At seven. It's another seven music. Okay, have another one here. Sentence, sen. Tunes. Sir. Sir. Yeah, I remember that one bed at six sen. Send it. What targets. That is at nine. Send tunes. No. Sent tens it Big seven. Sit. So we were just say the targets. It would be It sent tens. Send tens on. We practiced all of those combinations set. Remember that when we did set S and tis we did the t to the seven convo Ta it. Remember that? So again, there's nothing you will come across that you have not practiced. Send tens because we know that those sixes and sevens are tight, just like we practiced. Let's pick another word. Draw. I'm drawing a picture. Draw the 12 Isn't it? Draw. What happens if we did? 11 drove. I'm growing something. Draw. There's your 12. Here's another one for you always. Uh, that's another 12. Isn't it all way a three. So we have a 12 all on a three ways. What happens if we just change one target? Say, put it to instead of the three. All wise? That doesn't sound right. Let's put a one instead of a three always as no all ways. Okay, until on to, uh, it up it up. It can tell me what target those are until, uh, it it's an eight up it seven till until and again. We worked those combinations. Good. Now we could go on and on and on with these, but you're gonna find that every word has these targets in these combinations on the more familiar you are with these targets and the morning practices, combinations will come to you quicker and faster. You'll know instantly when you hear afternoon. That's a one after new 159 and you'll get better and better and better out. So I encourage you to find random words wherever you may find them. Words you've had problems with all your life. We all have those words, right? And just break them down and find those targets. And if you don't know what it is and you don't know what the right pronunciation is, go to Google translator. Plug it in press play, and she's going to tell you exactly how they sound now. She might say them faster, like, for example, door door. How are we going to determine what that target is? Door, dough or dough? Or, you know, it's an 11 dough open dough into a five her door. What about when it said so fast? Door It's kind of hard to break down. It goes back to what we're talking about earlier, about the happy birthday to you slowing things down. Okay, if you slow things down, break down these targets, it's going to become clear. You're gonna build that memory bank and we'll be off to the races. This next lesson we're going to start combined them into sentences on working on the American rhythm and putting things together. Excellent, good work. 37. American Rhythm: Okay, great. So now we're gonna focus on the American rhythm, which is vital in order to sound very fluid. Now, if our to speak with perfect targets and say a Latin rhythm, for example, I'm very hungry. We need food. Doesn't sound quite right there. Perfect targets. But I did it with a Latin rhythm. Now, to really get a good grasp of this, let me just simplify this for you and break it down as easily as they can. It essentially goes like this, but Bob, but but but right with a nice break in the middle. So, for example, I went to the store Two bison milk. I saw Cathy at the restaurant, but it's that break in between. That really solidifies. So it's what I call this set up. I went to the store and the resolve to buy some milk versus if I were to say that Let's say , for example, in a Latin rhythm really was your religion. I went to the store to buy milk. I went to the store to buy some milk, and it's in everyday conversation like Hey, Bob, how are you doing? Hey, listen, Samantha, I saw your friend last night that up. But but But if you really start paying attention, you're going to start noticing and that it's pretty much everywhere. It's sort of like a underlining theme. A lot of my acts of reduction. Students stress out and say right, but then what words do emphasize? It's whatever word is important to you. So, for example, using that went to the store to buy some milk. If my priority there is the store. I went to the store to buy some milk where the milk I went to the store to buy some milk or the fact that you went because your partner was sitting down on the couch. All that. I went to the store to buy some milk. So there's no right or wrong answers to what were to emphasize its whatever you as the person saying, It's whatever word is important to you. It's very sort of based in the Shakespearean way of speaking Romeo Romeo, where art thou obeah? To be or not to be? That is the question. The set up the resolve a great way to practice this rhythm is by reading a lot of Children's stories because in Children's stories. It's it's it's broken down in such a way where we could really find those breaks to speak. For example, let's read the famous little Red Riding Hood. I have it right here from Wonderful website called American literature dot com. American literature dot com has pretty much anything we need, from poetry to Children's novels to two short stories. It's a wonderful free resource that I use myself with my students. So let's find a random kids story. Little Red Riding Hood. Ready? Here we go. So now I'm gonna do it in such a way where I separate this Set up with the resolve. Once upon a time, there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her. You see how we break those downs that set up in the resolve? Once upon a time? What about once upon a time, what happened? Once upon a time, there was a dear little girl. Okay, So what about the dear little girl? What does she does? She like eating chocolate? No, no. Who was loved by everyone, right? Why is that who looked at her? Right. But but But but But But But poetry is also another way where you could really see him. But for example, on the same website I was telling about American literature dot com, let's go to poetry. Okay, I'm just picking a random poem here. She walks in beauty. Okay, let's try to find the rid that that that that she walks in Beauty like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies and all that's best of dark and bright meet in her aspect and her eyes. You see how it's It's sort of sounds familiar. The more you do it, the more you really hear that. But Bob 38. Word Rhythm: now well, really will have people say, Hey, where you from? That's a nice accent is the emphasis we put on the word itself. That's where we have to be dead on. For example, hospital versus hospital. I went to the hospital for stitches, hospital right or refrigerator versus refrigerator or institution versus institution. That is something we have to be right on in order for us to sound authentically American. Because if we are off just with one beat, for example, hospital institution, then that's when people realize, Hey, you're not from here, are you from? I like that accent, right? We don't like that. What you'll find with what to emphasize and words is it's usually one of the targets, like constantly. That's a 12 constantly versus constantly right. Let's get off our distribution, emphasizing the nine distribution versus distribution or sophisticated, sophisticated, uh, sophisticated, emphasizing that it's sophisticated in a good way to practice. That is, of course, again really building that memory back by watching a lot of American television and American news. National news. Because you could really hear those words. The more you build up that database, the more when you're often a war and a rhythm within a word, for example, comprehension. You'll know that if you say comprehension. Hey, wait a minute again. Comprehension comprehension. That sounds more familiar to me again. It's being familiar with it. Building up that database the more you listen with that filter on with that attention, the more words you're going to absorb into your memory back. 39. Range, Range, Range!: now here's another little trick to make a sound so much more dynamic. I call it the Morgan Freeman Technique. If I were to ask you to describe Morgan Freeman's voice to me, a lot of my students say, Oh, it's very deep. It's a deep pronounced sound. But if you really listen to Morgan, Freeman utilizes his whole range, which makes what he says much more effective versus if I were to just talk like that, see how boring that is? You just want to fall asleep. But if I really had dynamic to my voice, like Morgan Freeman, what you say will go a long way. So you notice. I used everything from there to down there now if I were to read the Little Red Riding Hood and in very plain way with no no dynamic at all or range like Morgan Freeman. Once upon a time, there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her mind. If I read that to my kids, they'd be screaming out the door or falling asleep enough because they like the story. That's why are using the Morgan Freeman technique we're using our whole range. Once upon a time, there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her. So I went from all the way up there to down here again. It sounds a bit corny. It sounds a bit fake. But when you're going to the gym and your doing, one particular exercise over and over and over again doesn't mean I'm gonna walk down the street and do that. You're working a particular muscle and by really focusing on using your range as well as the setups on the resolves when you practice it here on your own than when you're out in the world without even knowing it, you're going to be much more dynamic in your communication skills, and you're gonna be much more effective. I also teach you lawyers. I have lawyer clients who come to me to help me help them present their opening statements with so much more dynamics. And it's been having wonderful success by implementing these two very simple techniques by really emphasizing the spaces, set up the resolve and utilizing your voice, and I've been doing a lot of research by finding those pauses. It's a much more effective opening statements for these lawyers. For example, Your Honor, my client came from ballet class and was on her way home and got hit by a car by a drunk driver. No effect on the jury at all. Your Honor, my client was walking home from ballet class and was hit by a drunk driver. So much more effect. What did I do? I use the range, and I found those pauses. I'm telling you, if you could implement that now, in your speech technique, it's gonna be much more effective, okay? 40. Let's Do The Tongue Twist!: another good thing to read. In addition to Children's stories, poetry, our tongue, twisters, tongue twisters, you could find you just Google tongue twisters and the most popular ones will pop out instantly. Thes. They're wonderful techniques Now. The problem with tongue twisters is people tend to read it like So I just pull up a little tongue Twister here, very famous, one that everybody knows, and they read it as plain as possible. Peter Piper picked a pack of pickled peppers, a peck of peppers deeper about the village. Uh, doesn't work that way. Let's implement the setups, the resolve and the dynamic and find those spots. Finals Places to pause. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, a peck of pickled peppers. Peter Piper picked okay, And of course, we need to hit those targets, writes Beat that bite. But beaked up back up eagle bit. But it doesn't work. Break down those words. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickle peppers, a peck of pickled peppers. Peter Piper picked so three things. Those targets which you will get better at with you practice of combinations that we're talking about on a daily basis. Get your muscles used to that. Okay, reading it with these set ups, the resolve and the pause. And, of course, using the range of your voice. Don't be afraid as weird and corneas that may sound. The more you use it, the more effective your speech will be subconsciously without you even knowing it. And if it's embarrassing, just going a room and away from everybody and play play with your voice. Your voice is your key. It's your way of communicating everything you believe in who you are. Okay, we want to utilize that voice in the most effective way possible on your day to day life. 41. Let's Wrap This Up!: Okay, ladies and gentlemen, we've come this far. It is so exciting. I'm so happy for you. Now let's break down. What? I want you to practice on a daily basis. OK? Now some of you have more time than others, so if you can't, that's fine. If you could just dedicate a few minutes a day or maybe one thing a day, that's five. But let me break it down for you. Okay? Now, as I said earlier, there's an MP three of me saying all these combinations uninterrupted, that ab cat AC your job go through each of them from 1 to 12. It might take a while at first, but with practice, it'll just come through. I have students who could not get out in 10 minutes back app cat act dat ad. But remember, the priority is keep those targets consistent. Don't veer off from the targets no matter where you're coming from. OK, that's the first day. The second thing. I'm gonna be providing it with a list of 300 of the most popular words spoken in the American accent. I want you in your own time. Do five day 10 a day. It depends of finding these words and trying to break them down with the right targets. And again, if you don't know what they are, go to Google translator and she'll tell you exactly how it iss Okay, knock out those 300 words. On also words you may come across at work. Oh, you know, I came across this word. How was it? It was impossible. I just didn't know what it wasin bossy word boasted about was words that you've had problems with your whole life. We all have those. Get him. Break him down. Breakdown 5 10 words a day. In addition to your target practice, that's gonna build your database of words and information that's gonna help you read, read, read. Very important. I would start up with Children's books like we're doing earlier. Okay, Children's stories, poetry, poetry and Children's stories are a wonderful way to really be able to hear those setups. And those resolves with a beautiful break in between, OK? And of course, your dynamic keep things dynamic. Use your voice from up there and down there because targets are the same. No matter what the range is. Target one. Uh, that doesn't change the targets don't change. The reason why we have this dynamic is so when we speak our targets, they're going to be available to us, no matter where we're going with him. Okay. And really find those bricks, those setups and the resolve. Once upon a time, in a far away land Ah, Young prince lived in a shining castle and you're gonna emphasize whatever words are important to you. Once upon a time, there was a young prince who lived in a shining castle. Maybe you like young princes who live in shining castles. What you emphasize is up to you and the intention of the reader. There is no right or wrong and, of course, tongue twisters that could be intimidating at first. But don't be intimidated by him. If you speak him slowly with those breaks in between finding the setups and resolves, you will find it to be much easier. Nothing that I want you to do is active listening. Okay? Not just passive listening. Active, listening. Very important. The students that have the most success with me, I asked him What is it that you do? I had students who have been eliminated the rocks and completely there. 100% American. And I asked him out of everything I tell you to do. What is it that you do the most? You know what they say Active listening. Because when you listen actively, you're going to start hearing those set ups and those resolves and those target combinations. You'll be familiar, eh? That sounds familiar. Oh, yeah, I remember that combination. Wow. There's so many eighths listening and repeating. Okay, when you're driving in the car, you're cooking, put on the radio. Listen, actively, listen. To repeat and repeat a word. Two words. Three words. A sentence. Oh, I never said that word before. Let me try that. Conglomerate conglomerates. Wow, Conglomerate. That's a 12. I never knew that takes practice. It takes work, but I know you could do it. Wouldn't have signed up for this course if you weren't willing. And I know you're willing. Okay? 42. Congratulations!!: Congratulations, you did it. You should be very proud of yourself. Look after a lot of information, energy. But if you keep up with his daily practices, what was once intimidating, scary, and an attainable will be your new normal. If you commit yourself to these practices, you will gain the confidence you need to stand up and speak your mind. No longer will you be the outsider looking in. I want to share a personal story with you. When I was a little boy. I'm never gonna forget seeing my dad trying to tell a pharmacist the kind of medicine he needed for my baby sister. Seeing him struggle to communicate broke my heart. And the way that pharmacists looked at my dad, like it was from another planet. It's an image. I'll never forget. What we have to say is important. The let anything or anyone hold you back, take control of your destiny and made a gift of speech. Take you there.