Teach Yourself Accents – Europe

Teach Yourself Accents – Europe
A Handbook for Young Actors and Speakers

by Robert Blumenfeld


The goal of an actor who uses a foreign accent for a role is to internalize and assimilate that accent so that it becomes natural, a habitual way of speaking, simply a part of the actor, and not put on. To do this, the actor must retrain the muscles (lips and tongue) that have become accustomed to the actor’s native speech.

Teach Yourself Accents – Europe (Limelight Editions, March 2014, $19.99), is the third in the Limelight Editions series of Teach Yourself Accents books, following volumes on North America and the British Isles. Here dialect coach Robert Blumenfeld covers the European accents most useful for stage and screen: French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Yiddish. For each, Blumenfeld discusses the sounds of the original language, including regional variations, and shows how native speakers often carry those sounds over into English. The most important features of each accent are detailed, enabling the actor to begin to sound authentic immediately, and Blumenfeld’s unique approach makes the accents easily comprehensible.

Blumenfeld opens Teach Yourself Accents – Europe with an incisive, succinct introduction to studying any accent that is useful above and beyond the specific details of the accents covered in this book. In addition, Blumenfeld provides a wealth of references to films where the reader can listen to authentic accents. Extensive practice sessions, all recorded on an accompanying CD, and a selection of monologues and scenes are also included.

Teach Yourself Accents – Europe is perfect for young acting students just beginning the study of accents and more experienced actors looking for a quick, authoritative guide for an audition or role preparation.

March 18 2014
Paperback w/CD
6″ x  9″
304 pages
Limelight Editions is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group


RobertBlumenfeld_Accents_NorthAmRobert Blumenfeld is an actor, dialect coach, and writer. He is the author of 10 other Limelight books, including Accents: A Manual for Actors, Stagecraft: Stanislavsky and External Acting Techniques, and the first two books in the Teach Yourself Accents series: Teach Yourself Accents – The British Isles and Teach Yourself Accents – North America. He has recorded more than 350 audiobooks and has acted in numerous regional and Off-Broadway theater productions. He lives in New York.






Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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