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This is the User Guide for Patricks Original Phonobites: Muscle Training for English Pronunciation. Please note that the audio exercises are not included in the User Guide.Phonobites is a unique set of exercises for English pronunciation,MoreThis is the User Guide for Patricks Original Phonobites: Muscle Training for English Pronunciation. Please note that the audio exercises are not included in the User Guide.Phonobites is a unique set of exercises for English pronunciation, available in CD format from CreateSpace, the Amazon company that manufactures the disks (international shipping OK).(For other purchasing information, please visit Patricks official website, www.lakipi.com. And please stay away from sites that pretend to offer Phonobites for free, or for ridiculously low costs. These people are thieves, and they might steal from you, too!)There are no words, only sounds. There is one exercise for each of the basic sounds of standard North American English (17 vowels, and 24 consonants). Because there are no words, Phonobites can be used by any learner or speaker of English, at any level, from beginner to advanced. These exercises can be used in the classroom, but they can also be used at home. By practicing at home—alone, or with your family or friends—you will build up a strong image of each sound in your mind, and the muscle strength and control for making each sound in a variety of rhythms and volumes. This will help your pronunciation of individual words, your listening (because it is easy to recognize a sound if you can make it), and your general speaking abilities. Practice will also revive your skills of imitation, which are important for language learning.Practice every day!Become independent!Save money on courses and materials!Phonobites will set you free!This User Guide will help you to understand the essential elements of English pronunciation, and also guide you in how to use Phonobites, at home and in the classroom.Table of Contents1. Introduction to Phonobites2. A Quick Guide to Pronunciation in English3. The Sounds of English4. Making the Sounds5. How to Practice Phonobites6. Teachers Guide: Using Phonobites in the Classroom7. An Important Note About the Unvoiced Consonants B, D, G and J8. Track ListPhonobites FAQQ: What is the difference between standard Canadian English and standard American English?A: At the level of the sounds, there is virtually no difference at all. Many Canadians have gone to the U.S. and become famous actors, singers, and announcers, without changing their pronunciation at all. So there is really no difference. That is why, for Phonobites, we can say that these are the basic sounds of standard North American English.Q. Can I use Phonobites for British English?A. Yes. In British English, there are a few sounds that are slightly different, and a few additional sounds that are not used in standard North American English, but most of the sounds are the same. And once you have revived your skills of imitation by practicing Phonobites, it will be much easier to imitate the accents you hear.Q: Is Phonobites useful for speech therapy?A: Patrick is not a speech therapist, and these exercises have not been tested for speech therapy. However, they are very effective, and because they involve only the musical aspects of language, we think that they will be very effective for helping people who have speech problems.We cannot officially recommend them for speech therapy, but go ahead, give them a try!Q: I want to be an actor, but I am worried about my accent. Will Phonobites help me?A: Yes, Phonobites will help anyone, no matter what your profession is, or what you aim to be. The main thing is to take charge, and do it on your own.