The Lowdown

  • by David Gwillam, Deirdre Morris
  • Narrated by Jamie Glover
  • 0 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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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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!
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- John

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!
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- Triplecat

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2008
  • Publisher: Creative Content Ltd