This internationally acclaimed accent reduction program is the most comprehensive of its kind. The American Accent Guide, 2nd Edition, consists of a 237-page book accompanied by nearly 8 hours of MP3 audio on 1CD. (The reviews for the version with 8 CD are also relevant to this version, since they share the same content.) Lessons addressing the entire sound system of American English introduce each of the speech elements in a logical sequence. These elements are: the voice and timing patterns of intonation, stress, and rhythm, and each of the individual speech sounds. The vowels are trained early in the course, because they are generally challenging sounds, and they are key to mastering intonation stress and rhythm. Each consonant is practiced in all its variations and in all contexts and all combinations with other consonants. Focus is given to articulation at word endings, especially those that involve grammar. Lessons build upon previous lessons, resulting in new skills building upon newly trained skills. The learner gains a wealth of insights while training entire new speech patterns. Clear and articulate male and female speech models guide and engage the learner in a variety interactive exercises using everyday language that include many idioms. Lessons progress from the word level to verbal exchanges to presentation length materials. In addition to more fluent, articulate speech, the learner attains better comprehension of the language as spoken, improved grammar, and better understanding of the American culture. Now in its second edition, this program is a complete resource for the individuals who use it for self-study as well as for accent coaches, and instructors at colleges and universities.