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Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen

With Embedded Sound Files

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“Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen” eBook, richly enhanced with Paul Meier’s own recorded instruction and beautifully illustrated, collects all 25 of his acclaimed accent-instruction series into this single publication in their entirety. It is the long-awaited eBook version of his celebrated hard-copy book, used by actors worldwide since 2001, and this eBook gives you exactly the same content as the hard-copy publication, plus Jamaican, which at the time of the launch of the first edition of this eBook was not included in the hard-copy edition. (The more than 12 hours of recorded instruction contained on the book’s CDs are included in this eBook as conveniently embedded sound files, which are easily playable on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.) 

The 25 stage accents/dialects Meier presents here are: Afrikaans (South Africa), American Southern, Australian, Cockney, (American) Deep South, Downeast New England, French, General American, German, Hampshire, Indian, Irish, Italian, Jamaican, Liverpool, New York, Northern Ireland, Russian, Scottish, South Boston, Spanish (Castilian and Colonial), Standard British English (Received Pronunciation), Welsh, Yiddish, and Yorkshire.

Meier is one of the world’s most respected authorities on stage dialects, and is a successful dialect coach for theatre, film and voice-over. His accent and dialect instruction work is hugely popular with actors worldwide; he has coached film stars such as Tobey Maguire, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson, Jim Caviezel, Simon Baker, Louise Fletcher, Bill Irwin, and many others. Professor Meier has trained actors at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), the North Carolina School of the Arts, and other prestigious conservatories both in his native London, and the United States, where he makes his home.

Meier is a leading “accent reduction” specialist too, consulting with Rosetta Stone and Global English, and coaching Fortune 500 company executives in both American English and British English.

He founded and directs the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA), the leading online source for accent recordings of real-life speakers.

Meier’s system coaches the “signature sounds” of the accent/dialect and gives you fun word drills, sentences, and great audition monologues from plays and films. He even gives you access to recordings of native speakers and allows you to follow up with a Skype session or earn a Paul Meier Certificate of Proficiency.

Enjoy browsing the preview copy, and then get the most widely used, fun, successful, and easy-to-follow dialect-instruction system on the market today.


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Customer Reviews

Great Resource!!!!!

I've used this resource for nearly twenty years in my accent/dialect classes and in my work as an actor. Highly recommended. The book contains links to real speakers and detailed analyis of their accents/dialects on the wonderfully curated "International Dialects of English Archive"(

Thanks to Paul for making it available as an ebook! Excellent work!

Micha Espinosa, Associate Professor

I use Paul Meier's Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen in my advanced voice -dialects class. I was thrilled to find out there was now a digital form of the book. This new incarnation is an invaluable resource. There are now color visuals to accompany each accent and dialect and my students can study on thier personal computers and/or personal devices. No more losing discs or disc players not working. Professor Meier's seven step process for breaking down the accent/ dialects makes the learning easy to digest. The real wold samples offered as a collection on the International Dialects of English Archive compliment the iBook beautifully. This was my first experience using iBooks and I loved it. I can make the font bigger and I can adjust the lighting on my device to see better on my computer. I dont need to lug books and players around and the book is actually easier to navigate in digital form. Im thrilled and I know my students will be too. I highly recommend the new Ibook version of Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen by Paul Meier because it is streamlined, transportable, and an effective teaching resource for teachers and students.

The best, most comprehensive and user-friendly dialect resource

Paul Meier, a leader in the field of dialects and accent training and the founder of the International Dialects of English Archive website (IDEA), has once again completely contemporized dialect and accent study by transforming his popular training book/CD compilation, Accents and Dialects for Stage & Screen, into an iBook for today's web-based technology. No more loading CDs into a computer or boombox (does anyone still own a boombox?), scrolling through the tracks and trying to follow along in the book; once the iBook is downloaded, twenty-five of the most often performed dialects and accents are two taps away on your smart phone, tablet or computer with every sound file imbedded right into the text.

This IPA based instructional system uses the helpful lexical sets developed by John Wells as a key for the phonetic “signature sounds” prior to the sentence drills. The specific phonemic adjustments are adroitly described and modeled by Meier, as are the Additional Features (particularly unique linguistic characteristics) and the explanation of the Rhythm, Stress, Intonation and Tone. Coordination Exercises and sample dramatic texts include full IPA narrow transcriptions and references to the sound change lessons. The International Phonetic Association's official charts are also included, as well as a very comprehensive glossary of terms and diacritics.

While Meier provides all the audio instruction and modeling himself, he also stresses that listening to authentic speakers on the related IDEA website is “central to the study,” and provides concise descriptions of pertinent characteristics of the online samples. This combination of real-life sources and phonetic drilling promotes authenticity and precision in pronunciation for actors and instructors, and increases awareness of the specific articulation adjustment needed for accuracy.

If you're learning a accent or dialect on your own, you couldn't ask for a more user-friendly format: since all of the instructional text is spoken on the coordinated sound files, one could easily brush up on a dialect in the car, at an audition or in rehearsal--wherever and whenever you have your smartphone or tablet with you. As with other iBooks, tools to highlight, search, bookmark and change text size, font, background and scrolling direction are handy aids for your study. The length of each lesson is also well constructed, with ample pause time to mimic the sentence drills, coordination exercises and monologue lines. The sequence of twenty-five dialects and accents is particularly comprehensive in its survey of Anglo-European dialects of English, and also includes Indian, Spanish and Yiddish among the foreign language accents, and now includes a new Jamaican dialect not available in the print/CD publication.

Having utilized Meier's system as the main training tool for my dialects course for the last thirteen years, I couldn’t be happier with the impact it has made on the students’ comprehension and accuracy, and on my own class preparation and execution. My past students loved the book/CD compilation, but my current students love having it all right on their phone or tablet even more--no more lugging a heavy backpack to class! This updated, practical training method receives a unanimous two thumbs up!

Krista Scott
Associate Professor, Voice and Acting
Texas Christian University

Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen
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  • $99.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Published: Nov 27, 2016
  • Seller: Paul Meier Dialect Services, LC
  • Print Length: 370 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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