1. Perfecting Your English Pronunciation, 2nd Edition (2018)
Eliminate your accent for complete confidence in spoken English
Accent reduction coach Susan Cameron has developed Perfecting Your English Pronunciation as a complete program to ensure that you minimize your native accent. Her proven method includes:
a course book that explains exactly how to form the difficult sounds of English and teaches you correct tongue placement. Exercises make this more comfortable and natural for you.
videos that features actual students executing correct mouth sounds. Through Cameron’s innovative use of hand movements to demonstrate tongue position, you too will be able to find the precise pronunciation.
audio recordings that feature exercises and correct pronunciation for ear training. The difficult sounds of English consonants and vowels are spoken first in individual words, then phrases, and finally in complete sentences.
The second edition of Perfecting Your English Pronunciation makes all videos and almost 12 hours of audio conveniently available through streaming via mobile app and online. This allows easy access to hundreds of model pronunciations for study and practice.
With this unique and proven program, you’ll learn to speak and present in English with confidence and fluency so that your ideas and talent – and not your accent – are in the spotlight.
2. Difficulties of English: Articles
Broadly speaking, the Difficulties of English concern the verb and the noun: the former deals with indicative, hypothetical, and non-personal forms, the latter tackles articles and prepositions.
In order to consistently explain these nearly 200 items, new interpretations had to be introduced (cf. the General Conclusions). Thus, the indicative tenses have been presented as a temporal – aspectual contrast between nonperfect : perfect and nonprogressive
The non-indicative forms are treated as a separate hypothetical mood made up of synthetic subjunctive and analytic modal phrases. The typical example of the hypothetical mood in English are conditional sentences with a synthetic form in the if-clause and an analytic one – in the main clause.
The non-personal (infinitive, gerund, participle) forms are governed by the same principle as the indicatives.
The key to the article usage is provided by a new definition of the articleless proper name. It elucidates the, a, and zero articles preceding common nouns.
Finally, the explanation of prepositions is based on one general concept of their spatial origin reinterpreted in a variety of ways.
Despite an enormous and extremely controversial literature on these subjects, the present book avoids polemics, discussions, quotations, and so on in order to streamline the presentation, make it concise and interesting to a wide range of fairly advanced foreign learners without any special linguistic training but eager to improve their English.