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Finance and Accounting Professionals need to communicate in English on a daily basis, and if you work with the US or live and work in the US, it’s important that everyone understands you clearly. It can hurt your credibility, confidence, and ability to do your job if people either misunderstand you or misinterpret what you say. In order to be clear in American English, you’ll want to master the key components of the language.

Now that you have completed the first three courses in this series, The Vowels of American English, Comparative Contrasts in Usage with the Vowels of American English, and The Consonants in American English. You are ready to learn how to compare and contrast consonants more fully and discover your own patterns so you can create sustainable improvements in your speech.

This course focuses on discovering which of the 25 consonant sounds of American English are most challenging for you and creating meaningful ways to assess yourself and address the challenges. Depending on your first language, you may struggle with different consonants than someone else does, and you’ll need a reliable method to figure this out and create a way to practice on a regular basis so you can enact and sustain real change.

This course also uses finance & accounting vocabulary so that when you learn the concepts of English, you’ll also learn to say the words that come up for you every day at work.

Course Key Concepts: English, pronunciation, pronounce, American, vocabulary, finance words, accounting words, consonants.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover and learn to distinguish the most challenging consonant sounds of American English, such as v/w, the 2 th sounds, s/sh, ch/sh, and others.
  • Identify and master the lip activating and flaring movements of American English.
  • Recognize and create custom word lists to guide you with your own challenge issues.
  • Explore and gain more familiarity with recognizing which sounds are hardest for you, predicting where you will have challenges, and designing tongue twisters as a way to practice your targeted sound distinctions.
Last updated/reviewed: March 25, 2021

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

8 CoursesFinance & Accounting English For Non-Native Speakers of American English: Certification Program

  1. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: The Vowels of American English
  2. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: Comparative Contrasts in Usage with the Vowels of American English
  3. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: The Consonants in American English
  4. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: Comparative Contrasts in Usage of Consonants in American English
  5. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: Endings on Words in American English
  6. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: Word Stress in American English
  7. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: Intonation & Presence in American English
  8. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: A Crash Course in Finance & Accounting Vocabulary for American English

Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Foundational

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.
This course will help to have access to a phonetic / pronunciation dictionary for American English that uses the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), such as Longman’s Cambridge or Oxford for American English.

Education Provider Information

Company:
Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
  3:10Introduction to Comparative Contrasts in Usage of Consonants in American English
  7:25How to Speak like an American
  5:52The Consonants of American English
CONTRASTING SOUNDS
  14:07Contrasting Two sounds -W and V
  14:20Contrasting two sounds- voiced and voiceless th
  5:08Deceptively similar sound distinctions- s & z
  4:42Contrasting Ch & Sh
  3:34Contrasting S & Sh
  5:11Contrasting J & ZH
  17:12Difficult Sounds to Make
  2:33Practice Sentences
CONCLUSION
  3:46Conclusion
CONTINUOUS PLAY
  1:27:00Comparative Contrasts in Usage of Consonants in American English
SUPPORTING MATERIAL
  PDFSlides: Comparative Contrasts in Usage of Consonants in American English
  PDFComparative Contrasts in Usage of Consonants in American English Glossary/ Index
  PDFManual - Finance and Accounting Accent Reduction
REVIEW AND TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM