“Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen” eBook, richly enhanced with Paul Meier’s own recorded instruction and beautifully illustrated, collects 27 of his acclaimed accent-instruction series into this single publication in their entirety. This is the new and improved 2020 edition. It is the 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 Deluxe Streaming edition of that hard-copy publication (and three more dialects than the original hard-copy publication with CDs). The more than 12 hours of recorded instruction are included in this eBook as conveniently embedded sound files, which are easily playable on Mac and Apple mobile devices.
The 27 accents/dialects Meier presents here are: Afrikaans (South Africa), American Southern, Australian, Birmingham (England), Cockney, (American) Deep South, Downeast New England, Estuary (the modern sound of southern 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.
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A Must Have
If you are an actor of any kind, this book will be your saving grace. I am often asked to do/attempt dialects or accents for auditions, and this is like an arcane grimoire, an amazing resource for an incredible amount of dialects that you WILL be asked for.
For instance, I was recently asked to learn a Yiddish dialect on Wednesday, to self-tape an audition by the end of the day Friday. This book gives me the ability to quickly learn a passable version of the dialect thanks to the audio samples and IPA transcriptions, but it allows me to show a dialect with promise of improvement as I work on it.
It is my saving grace and everyone should use it.
A must-have for any actor!
I have used Paul Meier's dialect book for years in preparation for my work as a professional dialect coach. I've assigned it to students and clients. The resources are detailed and rigorous in their use of phonetics while remaining useful to actors and students not familiar with the international phonetic alphabet. The primary source material from Professor Meier's IDEA website is outstanding. The translation of this resource into an ebook means that I have the entire volume available to me at any moment and that has proved very useful!
Paul is the best
Paul is masterful. He's a brilliant coach that I have worked with for four years when I've needed dialect work for my auditions and projects. His ear is amazing, his advice wise and his coachings are always fun. This book is just like he is, amazing!!! Look no further for your dialect needs.