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Learning Accents & Dialects {3rd & Final Video}

In this video, we wrap up my interview with the guy many people consider to be the best dialect coach in the world, Jim Johnson.

* The 3 things you want to accomplish when working on an accent

* Why not all words are created equal

* The overlooked power of accent indicators

* Difference between dialects & accents. (Many people define them incorrectly — especially many “purists.”)

* Playing with Swedish, French, German, Northern Irish, Caribbean, New York Jewish, Pittsburgh, and Yorkshire accents.

Hey – This is the final installment of my conversation Jim, but I’ve got 3 more videos devoted to dialects & accents for you.

So I can let you know when the next one is ready, join the Alert List at https://danoday.com/the-accents-class

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Here’s the second installment in a 3-part interview with the guy who’s become known as “the” person for an actor, voice actor or audiobook narrator to go to for accent and/or dialect coaching.

This 16-minute video includes:

* Game of Thrones —  coaching actors in both “Duthruckie” and “Valerian”

* Two things to avoid when looking for accents on YouTube

* Success milestones you should look for when learning dialects

* A closer examination of the Yorkshire accent

* Estuary accents

* The 3 ways for you to use the IPA (and the problem with the commonly prescribed “Broad Transcription” usage)

* The biggest thing that gets in the way of people doing accents

* Jim decodes my own speech pattern to identify where I grew up

We still have half a dozen “accent/dialect” videos ahead of us. Want us to let you know when they’re ready? Join the Alert List at https://danoday.com/the-accents-class.

How to speak Duthruckie and Valerian



Highlights of this first of three parts of an unscripted, freewheeling discussion of the ways one of the world’s leading dialect coaches “breaks through” the barriers that needlessly restrict actors, voice actors and audiobook narrators from accepting jobs that require convincing accents include:

* His own big breakthrough

* The most common misconception people have about learning accents/dialects

* Misconceptions about using the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet)

* “The beard nod”

* Jim’s unique way of gathering “native speaker” recordings

* The differing values of hearing native speakers reading vs. hearing native speakers in conversation

* The Accent Wagon

* The most common reason people find themselves struggling with accents

* How understanding the culture can help you perform the accent more easily and convincinglyLearn dialects accents


radio and online ad sales Over the past few years some radio groups have begun sending a member of their “digital staff” along with account executives on sales calls.

That way, the digital team can add its “expertise” in designing a successful ad campaign for the client.

I believe they also throw around the word “synergy” a lot.

A Loyal Reader forwarded to me these notes that accompanied a copy order from a radio station account exec to the station’s commercial producer…

…complete with the lack of punctuation, spacing between words, etc.

The campaign will be driving people to the website but the url isn’t developed yet. (Radio Company) is building the website. Copy points: (URL — don’t have one yet, but it will go here)

(Client) has two goals so two spots is fine remodeling high end homes only (Luxury remodeling)kitchens, baths, whole home luxury garden homes-targeting people who want to downsize from their large homes to a 2500-3000 sqr foot garden home but not miss out on the luxurious items luxury living the goal is to drive leads to the website.

The account exec apparently believes:

1) There’s enough information there from which to build a successful radio commercial campaign.

2) There’s no need to give listeners a reason to visit the not-yet-built website. Once they have a URL, “leads” magically will go to there.

To get listeners to go to an advertiser’s website, it should be either to get something or to do something.

Get Something: “Download Your Free Copy of 33 Ways to Downsize Your Home without Sacrificing the Luxury You Deserve.”

Do Something: “Take our 3-minute Perfect Home for Me diagnostic quiz for immediate, personalized recommendations for downsizing your home without sacrificing the luxury you deserve.’

“Go to our website so you can be a lead” doesn’t qualify as a worthwhile Call to Action.



French radio station
Recently I came across my trip notes from a “morning show tune-up” I conducted visit several years ago for the French radio station, Vibration.

This was the second talent coaching visit arranged by my friend and Radio Big Shot, Bruno Witek.

Unlike the reporting of my international travel travails in my OH! newsletters, it appears I wrote this as an email to small group of friends.

Greetings from a hotel room in Orleans, France.

You’ve got to love a country whose TV dramas feature full frontal nudity….on afternoon programming.

CNN news anchorsCNN International’s news anchors — all of whom are British — have a unique, uniform way of segueing from one story to the next.

Without exception, they preface each story with, “Well….”

“Well, the violence continues in Iraq today….”

“Well, the election in Germany has proven to be….”

The French dub everything into French. But the other night I discovered an important lesson:

When you watch a Jackie Chan film that has been dubbed into a language you don’t understand, your plot comprehension doesn’t suffer in the slightest. Viva la Jackie Chan!

C?a va se savoir French TV

At first I thought one of the stations was broadcasting The Jerry Springer Show, which I’ve never actually watched but which I’ve glimpsed occasionally.

“Gee,” I thought, “Jerry Springer sure has gotten old!”

But then I realized: It’s not Jerry Springer. It’s a French guy.

The name of the show is Ça va se savoir!, which I’m guessing must mean something. At 12 Euro per minute, I can’t afford to go online and find a translation.

But except for the host, the title, and the language, it’s an exact duplicate of The Jerry Springer Show:

Same set, same live entrance opening sequence, even the same two black-shirted security guys flanking the guest chairs onstage.

As the French would say, “Incredible!” (That’s French for “incredible!”)

Renegade tv show

Okay, so here’s the big news:

As I write this, on the TV screen is an American made, French dubbed series called The Renegade, created by Stephen J. Cannell and starring Lorenzo Lamas.

He has long hair, needs a shave, and travels around from town to lonely town on his Big Manly Motorcycle.

From the opening montage (theme music by Mike Post), it appears he’s “wanted” by The Law — undoubtedly for a crime he didn’t commit.

Every female (barely) wears a bikini. (If this were produced by the French, we wouldn’t have that annoyance.)

As near as I can tell (not understanding French), the bad guys in this episode are kidnapping bikini-clad women.

I’m not sure why; maybe they’re collecting them. A complete set probably could command a good price on eBay.

The fight scenes are incredibly clumsy — apparently a nod toward Equal Opportunity, as even the most arthritic actors could handle the choreographed moves:

“Okay, I’m going to throw a punch with my right hand now. I’m starting to move my hand. See it? Here it comes now; get ready to duck….”

I’m guessing they had trouble getting insurance for this show, because whenever the loser of the fight throws a punch at Lorenzo, the punch travels an arc approximately 2 feet above Lorenzo’s head.

The money they spend on bikinis is balanced with minimal location expenses:

When Lorenzo climbs onto his Big Manly Motorcycle against a backdrop of vast Arizona countryside (in this episode he wandered to a lonely town in Arizona, as noted by a helpful highway sign), I’m positive I can see several spots of paint dripping on the mural on the other side of the fence that lines the highway.

Oooh! As I’m writing this, Lorenzo just snuck up behind a bad guy and rendered him unconscious with a karate chop to the back of the neck! 77 Sunset Strip lives!

And now for the best part:

The Renegade is accompanied on his lonely, bikini-filled journeys by his faithful, humorous, tough-but-not-as-tough-as-The-Rebel American Indian friend…who follows The Rebel’s Big Manly Motorcycle…

…in a Jeep.

I swear I’m not making any of this up.