Reviews from our Readers
Awesome guide! I will be using these techniques for years to come :) By sarah m on November 7, 2015
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As a self-proclaimed hoarder, I have always needed a bit of help staying organized. When I was younger I could count on my mom to help me go through things, but now that I'm an adult I decided I need to become more self-starting. This guide was exactly what I needed and will be a resource that I continue to refer to as I work through the rest of my house. I skipped around a little from the order the book suggests because my two problem areas in my portion of a shared apartment are my closet and my unpacked boxes. I used to have a larger apartment, and despite having left these items in boxes for 6 months, it's been hard to go through everything! This book finally gave me the push I needed and I used my roomie to help me evaluate my clothes more objectively. I knew that I had certain sentimental attachments to things, but hadn't really considered other reasons or what that may mean about my personality. This book goes through all of that at the beginning and talks about how clutter in your family room versus your bathroom can speak to different psychological states. In some ways, it seems like a "chicken or the egg?" argument where depression, anxiety, etc. may be both causing and caused by clutter, so tackling the clutter can help to break you out of that loop! I know I feel much better after giving away clothing that wasn't fitting well, and I can actually find my favorites easily! I always keep my closet in rainbow order, which sounds highly organized, right? But, since I was holding on to dozens of shirts that I never wore, I still could not find anything easily. I already had most documents and files digital, but I thought about the suggestion to scan and shred for a personal problem.
"I read the book sample. It's great. I had the same problems of arriving to the United States and could not understand what others were talking about when I got off the plane. The pronunciation is totally different than what learned in China. In addition, if courses were offered to match the book, it would be even better."
Xiaoying (Angela) Yang
"Many native Chinese speakers can master English grammar but are not able to get rid of their accent no matter how many years they practice. Tracey's book offers a well laid out 7 week course that could improve your communication with native English speakers dramatically." Sam Fong
"Pretty good guide and well organized" Li Lei
"Speaking English is always frustrating for us Mandarin native speakers. However it will be a totally different story if we really master those tricks with an insider's help. I am glad that Tracey wrote this book just for us. She knows well of the difference between Mandarin and English and gives very good advice on how to improve English accent in a short period. I would like to recommend this book to my Chinese fellows, hoping they will enjoy speaking English and benefit from their new American English accent."
Lin Gong, M.E. Former Language Teacher
I feel with continued practice I will be able to make additional progress. By Cece on August 8, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase As a native Chinese speaker I have struggled for years to achieve the American accent. This program was recommended to me by a friend. As a professional I want to move up in my company but need to improve my communication skills. This workbook lays out the plan which made me aware of the errors I was making. You have to get the audio to go with this program which does not come with this book. I found it on CDBaby.com. I feel with continued practice I will be able to make additional progress.
A Very Useful Resource for Native Chinese Speakers By Bobbi Jones on July 7, 2013 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase First of all, as a native Chinese speaker, I want to thank the author for creating a book and audio series for people like me. She's taken the time to figure out some of the most common challenges that Chinese people encounter when speaking American English. I've personally wanted to improve my accent when speaking English, and have purchased other programs only to be disappointed. After purchasing 7 weeks to a Better American Accent workbook and audio and working with this material, I must admit that its the best program out there for native Chinese speakers because it helps you become more conversational and sound less stilted. You have to listen to the audios and let the workbook guide you through the lessons. The audios are helpful to hear the correct pronunciation and to practice the lessons in the workbook. In a short time, my American friends have already noticed a difference. I can't wait for the next series. Until then, I'll keep practicing!
A gem for those with disabilities or those traveling with the disabled By ShyGal on May 22, 2013 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This short guide is a quick read that is nevertheless packed with useful tips for the disabled who wish to travel or those traveling with the disabled. The author first gives an excellent overview of the definition of the term "disabled," then reviews how the tips in the guide will specifically help. Benefits include how to have your assistant travel for free, how the visually-impaired can see better on trips, and so forth. At first I was a little doubtful. I have quite a bit of experience as the traveling companion of my elderly great aunt, and I thought the list of benefits was a little overblown. But then I read through the rest of the book and thought the tips to be very helpful, well-researched, and true-as-promised. The book has checklists for each section that helps the traveler determine what kind of trip they want to have, and then proceeds to offer checklists to help the traveler prepare for the trip so that the trip turns out just as desired. Having been so well-traveled as a companion, even I was surprised by the nuggets of knowledge and resources offered--everything from TSA rules and regulations to organizations dedicated to swapping lodgings that are fully accessible for all kinds of disabilities. The guide even tells you how to travel with wheelchairs, canes, and so forth. It's pretty detailed, very accurate, and should offer a great deal of freedom to those want to travel in spite of disabilities. Wish I had this book earlier on in my travels with my great aunt!
Nice overview of travel tips for various challenges! By Rik Isensee on July 28, 2013 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Tracey has provided a concise overview of various considerations the disabled traveler is wise to check on before heading out -- starting with the nature of one's own disability, and what your special requirements are. She covers mobility devices, hearing and visual impairments, tips for handling oxygen, medications, and service animals, with checklists for each one. She also provides an extensive list of resources, including how to contact TSA, accessible cruises, and travel agents who specialize in smoothing the way for people with disabilities. One of my own visually-impaired clients pointed out that even so-called "able-bodied" persons are really TABs: Temporarily Able-Bodied, as aging and infirmity in various forms eventually come to us all (if we're lucky!). A very-much needed resource for an increasingly aging population that still wants to get out there and experience the world! Tracey shows us how.
A Very Useful Resource for Native Chinese Speakers By Bobbi Jones on July 7, 2013Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase First of all, as a native Chinese speaker, I want to thank the author for creating a book and audio series for people like me. She's taken the time to figure out some of the most common challenges that Chinese people encounter when speaking American English. I've personally wanted to improve my accent when speaking English, and have purchased other programs only to be disappointed. After purchasing 7 weeks to a Better American Accent workbook and audio and working with this material, I must admit that its the best program out there for native Chinese speakers because it helps you become more conversational and sound less stilted. You have to listen to the audios and let the workbook guide you through the lessons. The audios are helpful to hear the correct pronunciation and to practice the lessons in the workbook. In a short time, my American friends have already noticed a difference. I can't wait for the next series. Until then, I'll keep practicing!
Fun, easy to follow new language series full of helpful strategies By David Y on February 25, 2011 Format: Paperback
7 Weeks to a Better American Accent for Native Mandarin Speakers is a fantastic resource for any native Mandarin speaker hoping to improve his or her English pronunciation. Divided into 16 tracks specifically targeted towards rectifying common struggles that Chinese speakers face when learning how to effectively speak English, the audio books delivers helpful speaking exercises designed to improve aptitude and confidence. This audio book follows along with the 70 page workbook that is also available on Amazon.com. As author Tracey Ingram, M.S., M.A., states in the introductory track, this audio book promises to "...increase your understanding of the American accent, but encourage you to do the talking."
S. ROYSTONE NEVERSON on June 17, 2013 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase If you are disabled or has a family member who is disabled, or work with disabled people, this is a very useful book to have when traveling is involved. It is well researched. It tells you how to plan you travel, provides you with the important questions you should ask of yourself as well as of the agency that is providing the service. Additionally, the book puts you in touch with the experience of other disabled persons so that you could benefit from their experience. Of special interest is the section dealing with how to avoid special needs problems. The author also throws in an invaluable special checklist.
Marcus Chacoson May 20, 2013 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As a health care practitioner I often have clients with disability. I also have family members with age related disabilities... and this book is the perfect resource to add both comfort and practicality to their travel needs as well as adventure to their (often restricted) travel opportunities. The book helps define disability and discusses travel hints for elements such as mobility devices, oxygen and medications as well as considerations for sight and healing impaired travelers.Overall, if you are traveling with any disability or are traveling with someone who is... this book is for you!