I have a book called American Accent Training. And now I consider buying Mastering the American Accent. Do you think the second book can something important to teach me that is not in American Accent Training book?

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Hi Freekarol,

I'm not familiar with either of those books, but I'd say the most helpful part of any "accent training" book will be the CDs that come with the book.

There are many different ways of learning about the sound of American English. You can listen to radio broadcasts (NPR , for example), or you can watch movies and TV programs, or you can even get audio books. Have you tried any of those?

Also, you should keep in mind that there isn't one single "American accent". The sound of American English varies somewhat from region to region.

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Yes, the accent (and even vocabulary) of American English differs from region to region of the country. Some people respectfully and humbly suggest that foreign students try to speak like native speakers who live on the West Coast (Washington, Oregon, and California).
Of course both those books have CD's. Without CD's those books would be worthless... Both books are especially about intonation, linking words, reduced sounds and something about pronunciation you can hardly find in books on American pronunciation like for example the final L sound, the held T...

I use a software called XMPlayer for listening and recording American radio stations so I can listen to my favorite radio stations on my mp3 player. By the way, I found only one book that really teaches you (and not just tests you)how to improve your listening comprehension, how to hear English sounds. The book is: Listening, Resource Books for Teachers by Alan Maley.

I know there is not one American Accent but the same is with British English... The accent training books I mentioned teach General American English. So everyone should understand me... 
The accent characteristic of most of the Midwest is considered by many to be "standard" American English. This accent is preferred by many national radio and television broadcasters. This may have started because many prominent broadcast personalities - such as Walter Cronkite, Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Tom Brokaw, John Madden, Rush Limbaugh and Casey Kasem - came from this region and so created this perception. A November 1998 National Geographic article attributed the high number of telemarketing firms in Omaha to the "neutral accents" of the area's inhabitants.

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