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The Lowdown: Improve Your Speech - British English | [David Gwillam, Deirdre Morris]

The Lowdown: Improve Your Speech - British English

Useful tips to help achieve a more professional level of speech. The way we speak can say as much about us as the clothes we wear, the car we drive, or even the newspapers and magazines we read.
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Publisher's Summary

Useful tips to help achieve a more professional level of speech.

The way we speak can say as much about us as the clothes we wear, the car we drive, or even the newspapers and magazines we read.

We live and work in a global market - but English is still regarded as the international language of business. Clear speech will help you to maximise your potential, making you a greater asset to your company and your profession.

'Improve Your Speech' is ideal for those who are long on ambition, but short on time. In an effective but light-hearted talk, you will be taken through easy exercises and given helpful hints and top tips on how best to use your voice and tidy up your speech, giving you confidence and helping you to make the best impression possible - whether at work or when socialising.

It is aimed primarily at those who have British English as their first language, but it is also useful for those with English as their second language.

Topics covered include:

Bad vocal habits and how to correct them
The importance of consonants
Give value to the vowel
Doing a 'batman'
Developing fluency

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  • Pamela
    NorthamptonUnited Kingdom
    2/25/09
    Overall
    "Review"

    The voice exercises are highly effective and very helpful, just like having your own personal and professional voice coach! I would recommend this for anyone wanting to improve their vocal skills or public speaking as it will give them more confidence and enable them to be clearly understood.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Triplecat
    London
    5/28/09
    Overall
    "Fascinating and effective if rushed"

    I really enjoyed listening to this title and it does go into great detail about current and correct pronunciation of words and sentences, and the linguistics and muscle movements behind speech. I really think anyone could benefit from listening to this no matter how advanced their spoken English.

    What was a little disappointing for me was that the recording covers a huge amount of ground in an hour and I felt it would have been better if presented more slowly, repeating the various points in different ways to help you digest them. It felt very rushed with 2-3 hours being more realistic to deal with all the exercises and lessons - like having an hour to eat a five course meal.

    You do need a quiet place to practice several of the exercises, definitely not one for the tube!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Daphne
    BerlinGermany
    3/31/09
    Overall
    "just the thing!"

    For german speakers looking to better their speech generally as well as improve their clarity in the english language, this is a wonderful tool. Highly recommendable for foreign language teachers to back up English lessons in a very entertaining manner!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • John
    United Kingdom
    6/21/10
    Overall
    "Not only for native English speakers"

    This is a useful book even if English is not your first language. I am not a native English speaker but found it very helpful for improving my accent. I also have downloaded the Level 2 which is very good and goes at a little bit slower pace. This first book is excellent but you will have to stop and start your player for the exercises I think! The narrator has a very good voice. I would like level 3 now!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    BASINGSTOKE, HANTS, United Kingdom
    2/5/09
    Overall
    "A handy little "How to""

    'This was easy to listen to, easy to follow. Straightforward tips that really helped me.'

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    2/6/09
    Overall
    "Highly recommended"

    I found "Improve Your Speech - British English (unabridged)" to be an invaluable tool for improving my pronunciation. It is clear, easy to use and well organized and I would highly recommended to my fellow Chinese speakers as well as anybody interested in polishing their spoken British English.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    Truro, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
    2/3/10
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    "British Speech by Lomdown"

    fantastic audio, full of many useful clues not only for Brits various witty remarks. I can't wait for part 2.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    United Kingdom
    5/15/14
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    "Amazing!"

    I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed this book, I will be playing it over and over again as they crammed a LOT in to this hour which I like as you can slow down the play back if he is reading too fast or just repeat a section - which I will be doing.

    It's just so interesting even if you're not interested in improving your speech. Well worth the £7.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kamran
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    5/2/12
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    "Amazing"

    This audiobook has worked wonders for my speech. I spent an hour in the early morning listening to it and practising some of the exercises. At work everybody was impressed by me speaking so clearly, clients as well as colleagues.

    This audiobook can work wonders in so little time. My sister has spent over £300 on elecution lessons. I'm surpsrised I can now speak much better than her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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