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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Abridged edition (17 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521006597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521006590
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,173,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writer of motivating and inspiring material for learners of English. Wide range of published material, from books specializing in single areas such as pronunciation or writing skills, to general coursebooks for primary, secondary and adult. For more information, see http://hancockmcdonald.com


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The best-selling English Pronunciation in Use is a comprehensive reference and practice title suitable for self-study or classroom work.

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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Shu Ping on 23 May 2005
Format: Paperback
Southern British accent. I don't know why so many bookstores carry Grammar in Use and Vocabulary in Use but not Pronunciation in Use, since it's just as good or better. And I would consider pronunciation more important than grammar or vocabulary.

There's a lot of fun included with the instruction. Try this: "Where are the pears?" "Bears?!!! Did you say bears?" "No, pears. You know, fruit!" "Oh, I see. Pears with a P! They're in the pack." "What? In the back of the truck?" "No, in the pack. You know, with a P" "Oh, I see. Pack with a P! Would you like one?" "No, I'll have a peach, please." "A beach?" Or this: "There was a young waiter named Dwight, Who didn't like being polite. If you asked him for food, He was terrible rude, and invited you out for a fight."
From the author about minimum pairs: "The units in Section A are not presented as minimal pairs. Vowels are paired according to their spelling, not their potential for being confused with one another. Consonants are paired mainly where they share the same place of articulation. The units were not organized as minimal pairs for two reasons: - Any sound can form a minimal pair with a number of other sounds, not just one. Organising units according to minimal pairs would therefore lead to a huge number of units and a lot of duplication. - Many minimal pairs will be redundant for any given learner, so learners need to be selective. Potentially confusing minimal pairs are gathered together in Section D4, Sound Pairs. Learners are encouraged to select from these according to their own needs."
The appendix includes a list of useful and dispensable units for 26 languages.
For extensive minimum pair work, see Pronunciation Contrasts in English, by Don and Alleen Nilsen, Waveland Press.
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By S. Smith on 6 April 2014
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This is a well laid-out, modern and well-illustrated guide to English pronunciation. Although it is principally designed for self-study, I have used it in teaching Intermediate level ESOL classes and find it useful and well liked by students.

The book is readable (which is helped by the illustrations) and limits the amount of technical terms it uses. It has three sections dealing with the sounds of individual letters, of syllables, words and sentences and in conversation, and a fourth reference section which includes a useful pronunciation test and a guide for speakers of a variety of other languages. It is not purely about speaking to native English speakers but also about listening to them and also has something on the variations in pronunciation between English speakers and speakers of other languages.

On the whole, it is a very useful book, probably more useful at the lower end of Intermediate English than more advanced students. Some students found certain exercises involving nonsense dialogues to differentiate different letter sounds confusing, but were otherwise happy with the book's combination of explanation and exercises.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 2006
Format: Paperback
I thought my pronouncition (iam from Germany) was really good but this book helped me to improve even more. It gives clear instructions and is very helpful!
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Sorry but I can not recommend to buy this book for an intermediate user. My apologies to the writer. I bought that book for my girlfriend. However, at the end she prefers the one for American accent. Even though she does not like American accent. I do not know maybe is the structure of the book among other things
It is a basic book for elemental users. You can find all that the book cover in internet without effort and with more examples and phonetic symbols. For being a intermediate book, in my opinion it lacks of liaison lessons and also reading parts.
It can be recommend in any case for a novel learner or somebody that have studied only grammar in the school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on 30 Sept. 2013
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The book is good, but I just want to know where can I get the CD? If there is no CD, it is really hard to study.
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