Add some kick to your characters with some quick and simple dialect training. Paul Meier has been training actors for over 25 years and now offers his experience to the casual pretender in these entertaining presentations. You will find accent tips, colloquialisms, and charismatic character concepts that will add to your storytelling, roleplaying, or cosplay.
Each presentation includes an overview of the common sounds you will hear in the dialect and exercised in several hilarious encounters you might find in your stories or games. Paul Meier is as entertaining as he is informative, making the program easy to pick up and listen to again and again.
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I'm an American ex pat, living permanently in England. I've been here 11 years and still have far too much of an American accent. This book isn't going to instantly eradicate my detested accent, but it is quite entertaining to listen to and there are some pointers in here that might help me...if I keep practising.
"Worth the price but don't expect actual training"
Paul Meier riffs on Received Pronunciation or Standard British English, up and down the scales from Cockney to the King, and demonstrates nuances of class, profession, and fictional style. There are some good tips here about using different variations for historical and fantasy characters.
It's a fun listen, well worth the low price, and I think frequent re-listening might instill a bit of the rhythm and character of the dialect in an American speaker. But there are no exercises here, nothing to actually guide an actor or storyteller in developing this dialect. Don't mistake this for language training or coaching. It's not. That, you have to pay a lot more for.
There's an accompanying pamphlet to this (I wish audible had it on this page) but I found it at http://www.pulpgamer.com (mentioned in the beginning of this audio)
I have to take notes eg. don't pronounce the r's unless it's before a vowel, something like that--I have to rewind and write these tips down
"Felt ripped off."
I didn't hear a single lesson in this book. It was great hearing how talented the author is - and he is quite talented. But this book is nothing but an "audition tape" showing you how good he is.
Unless it came very late in the audio - there was no training to speak of. Just listening to this very talented individual show off his own talents.
He wasn't training anyone that I could find. But perhaps it came in one of the later CDs. I gave up on it and didn't finish it since after two CDs he still hadn't given a single lesson.
"Very short and fast"
They cram a lot in and don't go into elaborate detail. I think this will do well for people who have a grasp of the accent and need a refresher than those, like me, who are learning it like a foreign language... Accents don't come easy to me but I think once I grasp it, this will be of more help.
I actually learned my English from South Africa, so I use this short CD to correct accent, for under $3.00, this is very much fun, I only wish it it longer.
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