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Asunto:LeerEsPoder Boletí Leer Es Poder No. 28: abril 2011
Fecha: 18 de Abril, 2011  16:06:00 (+0200)
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"El acento norteamericano: Informer gratuito sobre la entonación y la combinación de sonidos en el habla norteamericano.. The American English Accent: Complimentary Report on Word Stress and Intonation: A"


Como de costumbre , recomendamos a los nuevos(as) suscritos(as), que repasen los números anteriores del boletín que se encuentran en nuestros archivos en: archivo . Así pondrán ponerse al día con la marcha del boletín.

Ahora, el boletín que te trae unos puntos nuevos de la gramática del inglés y unas muestras grabadas de pronunciación.

Como mejorar su acento en el inglés norteamericano

Esta es una breve introducción a la importancia del énfasis y de la entonación correcta para el mejoramiento del acento en el inglés norteamericano.


Si le gusta esta breve muestra de cortesía podrá conseguir el informe completo (en inglés) con texto y muestras grabadas.

Aprenderás como empezar a eliminar los errores especiales que comete el hispano cuando pronuncia el inglés.

Then... take a look at this page and the information and the resources that it makes available to you!  There are many improvements you can make in your accent. Some are immediate. Some will take more time. Here are a few ideas to start.

First of all, you have to realize that an accent is made up of three parts: intonation, liaisons, and pronunciation. Most people think that it is only pronunciation. That is wrong. Pronunciation is only one part of an accent.

You have to learn the "rules" of these three components of your new language. The word "rule" is in quotes because in speech all "rules" may be broken by native speakers in special circumstances. Still, if a "rule" helps you 9 times out of ten, you shouldn't complain if it fails you once.

Intonation is the most important and the most difficult to change. It is the "music", the rhythm of a language.

Liaisons, or linkages, are the ways that words and parts of words are linked together in a language. This may be very different from how you do it in your native language.

Pronunciation is the way that sounds are made in the new language. These sounds may be similar (rarely exactly the same) to the sounds of your own language, or they may be very different. To learn the sounds, you have to learn where in the mouth the sound is made, how it is made, and the position of the tongue in making the sound.

There are many people who spend years using a language and never get rid of a heavy accent.

But if you live and work among people who speak the new language well, you should work at improving your accent. Unfortunately, some people make judgments about your worth and your intelligence according to how well you speak their language.

This brief report is intended to show you the importance of stress and intonation in your accent. You can get more information, more practice exercises, and more recordings to listen to by getting the complete report for only $7.50.

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Liaisons (linkages)


A quick look at this Important Part of  Accent


People who learn English try very hard to pronounce the words clearly. Often this is part of their problem. Very often in English parts of words (syllables) and words themselves join together.


Linkages are very important to a correct accent. In English we don’t say:

My-name-is-John. We say: My-nay-miz john.  When a consonant comes before a vowel, the consonant is linked to the vowel. So the “m” of the word “name” links with the “i” of the word “is”. The fact that it is pronounced like the English letter “z” is another issue, not of linkage but of pronunciation. It is a very important point, that of voiced (those that make your vocal cords vibrate) and unvoiced consonants (those that don’t). You’ll learn more of this in one of our other reports on pronunciation..

Intonation and Stress:

An Important Part of  Accent

Learners of English are interested in improving their ACCENT. They quite properly give importance to their pronunciation. However, making the correct English sounds is only a part of a correct accent. A native accent also depends on proper links between parts of the expressions spoken, and also the proper intonation or stress on the parts of the words in the spoken utterance.


It is necessary to have the proper “music” or rhythm of the language that is spoken. A native speaker of English knows whether you mean the place where the president of the United States lives, or a house that is painted white when you say “white house”. Similarly when you say “dark room”, you mean either a room with no lights on, or the place where a photographer develops film. It is the word stress (which has certain rules that you will learn in other articles) that makes the difference. (See more on to-word combinations like “white house” below)


Intonation and Stress: The Different Intonation of the Noun and the Verb

Let’s look at the issue of intonation or stress, and in particular the difference in intonation in saying the same word (same spelling) when it is used as a noun and when it is used as a verb. It is a perfect example of how meaning affects intonation.

We will try to hear clearly the difference that stress or intonation makes in the daily use of a proper North American English accent. The practice with the following examples will help you to notice, practice, and master the different intonation patterns that you will discover as you concentrate more on your use of North American English.

Knowing when and where to stress the words you use is very important for understanding, and is part of a good accent. A clear example is that of the different stress in nouns and verbs.


It will be useful for you to be aware of the stress in both cases. Here is a list of a few that will get you thinking and give you some practice in identifying them and using them correctly.

Usually (although there are some exceptions), the stress of a verb is on the last syllable, and that of a noun is on the first syllable.

It will be useful for you to be aware of the stress in both cases. On the next page you will find a list of a few that will get you thinking and give you some practice in identifying them and using them correctly. I start the exercise with two examples. I have indicated the stress by underlining. You also will underline the syllable that is stressed, and write a brief explanation to indicate that you understand the difference. You do the rest of the table. And make sure you pronounce the words OUT LOUD.

You will find more examples and sound recordings in the complete report “Improve Your Accent”. To learn how to get it see below

to suspect: meaning, to have an opinion
a suspect: meaning, a person under suspicion

to present: meaning, to give, to introduce
a present: meaning, a gift, now

Listen to a few samples.


Here are a few more examples. Pronounce them, exaggerating the difference of stress to make sure you recognize it. There are recordings and more examples in the complete report.


I'd like to present you with this present.

The religious convert wanted to convert the world.

The political rebel wanted to rebel against the government.

If you perfect your intonation, your accent will be perfect.

Due to the drought, the fields didn't produce much produce this year.

Unfortunately, City Hall wouldn't permit them to get a permit.

Record your voice to check on the stress you put in the words. You can buy a  Digital audio recorder for less than $30. They are small and can be carried anywhere to record the special expressions that you hear and which you want to learn to imitate. A voice recorder is essential for you to improve your intonation.

Intonation and Stress: The Different stress of words ending in “ate”


In the previous case, we saw that verbs of two syllables often have the stress on the second syllable, while the related noun has the stress on the first syllable.


There is another intonation pattern that you must master. Verbs ending in the letters “ate” stress the last syllable  and pronounce the letter “a” with the “long a” sound (the name of the letter “a”, the sound of the words steak and make).


Related nouns or adjectives pronounce the letter “a” of the last syllable with a special sound of English (the sound of the “a” of the word about, or the second “e” in the word elephant). Nouns and adjectives usually stress the antepenultimate (the one before the next-to- the-last) syllable,


For each italicized word in the following sentences, indicate that you realize the effect of meaning on intonation by clarifying the difference between the two uses of the same word (“same” meaning having the same spelling.)


The teacher wanted to separate the general topic into separate categories

Would you care to elaborate on his elaborate explanation?

Have you heard that your associate is known to associate with gangsters?

How much do you estimate that the estimate will be?

Here are a few samples to listen to. Try to decide whether the word is a verb, noun or adjective, give a brief meaning of the word. Make sure you pronounce the words OUT LOUD. The first two words are done as examples. There is more practice in the complete report.

Remember that we recommend that you record and listen to your voice.

Knowing when and where to stress the words you use is very important for understanding, and therefore, as part of a good accent. A clear example is that of stress in two word expressions.


The place of the stress depends on whether the two words are used to describe something like a “white HOUSE” (meaning a house that is painted white, and not blue or gray). In this case the most important note is the noun because we are talking about a house that happens to be white.


But sometimes short two word expressions are set and  fixed and mean something special, like “the WHITE house” where Mr. Obama lives. In this case, the emphasis is on the adjective because we are more interested in stressing that it is a special house that is known because it is white. Similarly, “FAT boy” is the nickname of a boy, chosen because it emphasizes his weight. But if we say “fat BOY” we are just saying that a BOY is fat.


It will be useful for you to be aware of both types of two word expressions. First a FEW SAMPLES to listen to. Then, look at a list of a few that will get you thinking and give you some practice in identifying them and using them correctly. Underline the syllable that is stressed, and write a brief explanation, for both uses of each phrase. I start the exercise with two examples


You do the rest. Make sure you say the phrases OUT LOUD and record your voice!


 White house

In Washington

White house

House painted white

Light bulb

Shines with electricity

Light bulb

A bulb that is not heavy

Dark room


Dark room


A cold fish


A gold fish


The paper box


The paper box


An old key


A door key


A nice watch


A wrist watch


A sticky web


A spider web


A clean cup


A coffee cup


A toy gun


A water gun


A bright star


A movie star


A new ball


A foot ball


A blackboard


A black board


A green house


A green house



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PD. Gracias por tu interés. Esperamos que consigas el informe. Sin embargo, te hacemos un obsequio que te ayudará con tu inglés. Puedes escuchar todos los sonidos del inglés haciendo clic en:



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