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Let’s go to the movies!

Cameron Meier

Paul’s October In a Manner of Speaking podcast is all about movie dialects, and the guest is none other than Paul’s son, Cameron, who serves as vice president of Paul Meier Dialect Services. But, more importantly for this conversation, he’s also a film critic for The Orlando Weekly, Euclid Media and MeierMovies.com. Check it out here, or on your favorite podcast channel.

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‘Secret’ sale on ADSS iTunes ebook

To benefit college students starting their fall semester, we’re running a “secret” sale on the iTunes ebook version of Paul’s Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen, which features all 24 accents and dialects contained in the print book plus all the sound files found on the CDs. And the ebook version contains an additional dialect: Jamaican. It’s 35 percent off, which brings the price from $99.99 down to $64.99.

Though the sale is intended for students, anyone can take advantage of it. So the secret is out!

The sale runs through September 6. Click here or simply search your iTunes iBooks store for Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen.

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Thank you, VASTA!

The annual conference for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) is underway in Orlando, Florida. VASTA honored Paul this year with its Lifetime Distinguished Member award. Thank you to VASTA President Michael Barnes and the entire VASTA board and membership! The conference also served as a great networking opportunity for IDEA’s editors.

Paul was unable to accept the award in person, so his son, PMDS Vice President and IDEA Executive Editor Cameron Meier, accepted for him. (Cameron is pictured on the left, below, with Michael Barnes.) Cameron then introduced Paul, who thanked VASTA in prerecorded video message, which you can watch here.

 

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VASTA conference set for August 4-7

The annual conference of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) will be held at the Embassy Suites in downtown Orlando, Florida, on August 4-7. VASTA and IDEA, which Paul founded, have always been closely linked, and we encourage you to attend if you are an actor, singer or voiceover artist, or if you are simply interested in the spoken word, voice and speech training, linguists, or dialects and accents.

If you are a member of VASTA, the conference costs $350. For non-members, it’s $450. If you are a student or retiree, the rate is $225. One-day passes (for August 5 and 6) are also offered for $150.

For more information, visit Vasta.org/Orlando.

Also of interest to those in the performing arts, the annual conference for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) will also be held in Orlando, right after the VASTA conference. It will be August 7-11 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, adjacent to Walt Disney World. For more information on the ATHE conference, see ATHE.org/page/19conf_home.

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Amazon Prime Days are here!

Amazon Prime Days are July 15 and 16. If you’re thinking of purchasing one of Paul’s products this summer, now is the best time if you’re an Amazon Prime member. All of Paul’s print products that are available on this site are also for sale on Amazon. Click here for the full library of dialect and accent books/CDs.  Though we’re not currently offering any sales of our own, Amazon Prime Days allow Prime members to save on shipping by grouping Paul’s products with other items (many of which might be offering special sales). Depending upon what you’re shopping for, it could be the most economical way to shop instead of purchasing a single one of Paul’s books by itself.

Happy shopping!

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Dictionary of American Regional English

If you haven’t heard of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), let me recommend it to you highly.

Joan Hall, DARE’s executive editor, will be my guest on In a Manner of Speaking in August. She has just told me that Harvard University Press is offering a 25% discount on the digital version of DARE until the end of June for all organizations and institutions. If your library has not purchased it, now is the time to urge that it do so. (There is a 30-day free trial.) Visit Harvard.edu for details.

And an individual subscription to digital DARE is available for $49 per year. See Harvard.edu.

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Break a leg, Dylan!

Dylan Paul

Break a leg and best wishes to Dylan Paul (our wonderful webmaster) who opens in Broadway’s Moulin Rouge! Previews begin June 28. This is Dylan’s second Broadway outing; Cabaret was his first. I’m extremely proud of my former student and wish him a long run on Broadway!

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March podcast discusses Caribbean voices

Paul’s podcast this month addresses the culture, language, voices, and dialects of the Caribbean, with his special guests Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann (an IDEA associate editor from the Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica) and Dylan Paul (Broadway actor, voice and speech expert, and IDEA’s webmaster and special consultant). Check it out here.

For all of Paul’s podcasts, visit this page, which also contains links to the free podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.

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Introducing February podcast

David Alan Stern

Paul’s latest In a Manner of Speaking podcast is now online, available here and also on iTunes and Stitcher. This month’s podcast focuses on releasing the power of the text. Paul’s guest is David Alan Stern, one of the longest-established and most popular publishers of dialect help for actors, and professor emeritus of the University of Connecticut. Paul and David discuss the language arts as they impact the spoken word in all its manifestations and delve into topics such as eloquence, emphasis, public speaking, oratory, recitation, rhetorical skills, verse speaking, and vocal variety. For information about Professor Stern, visit https://learnaccent.com/about/.

For a complete library of previous episodes, click here.

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Congratulations to Mitch Poulos

Photo courtesy IMDB

Congratulations to Mitch Poulos. One of Paul’s dialect clients, Mitch has a guest-starring role on Blue Bloods tomorrow night (January 11). The drama series, which airs on CBS at 10 p.m. EST, is in its ninth season, and this is the 12th episode.

In other news, Mitch just filmed a national Trulicity commercial and is appearing in a film titled When We Grow Up, which stars Catherine Curtin and is currently making the festival rounds. Mitch also recently performed a supporting role in the film Nanay Ko, which is scheduled to be released next year.

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Looking for a last-minute holiday gift?

Still stumped for that perfect gift for the actor in your life? Don’t forget that the holiday sale for Paul’s Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen continues through January 1. The print version (with CDs) of ADSS is available at 25% off. That’s just $74.95 instead of the usual $99.95. Click here to order.

The iTunes ebook version is also 25% off! To purchase that, search iTunes’ ebooks/iBooks store for “Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen” or go here. The ebook compilation gives you the same material that’s found in the print book (with CDs), PLUS an extra dialect: Jamaican. The book is compatible with Apple mobile devices and your Mac computer, but not your Windows computer. If you need an accent or dialect ebook for use with your Windows computer, you will need to order an individual Windows ebook (one accent or dialect) from this page for $24.95.

Happy holidays!

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Don’t miss Aaron Murphy in ‘Arcadia’

Aaron Murphy in “Arcadia”

Congratulations to Paul’s long-time client, Aaron Murphy, who just opened in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, a production of Shotgun Players in Berkeley, California. Aaron and Paul had a great session finding Bernard Nightingale’s “idiolect,” or dialect specific to his character. In this case, it was the precise shade of Received Pronunciation (RP) needed. (For more on idiolects, see Paul’s latest podcast.)

Here’s what The San Francisco Chronicle had to say: “Aaron Murphy as latter-day Byron scholar Bernard Nightingale makes his character’s undisciplined ideas, his parade of aphorisms and allusions, his casual hauteur, his even more casual lust for every woman in his field of vision into a one-man fireworks display of gesticulations. Everything reels him, strikes him, hobbles him, springs him back to life with preposterously redoubled vigor. He gives his scene partners gifts, making an exchange meaningful and important not through what Bernard initiates, but by how he witnesses, absorbs and reflects what others put forth.”

Aaron’s opening follows on his recent success as Leontes in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival in northern California. Paul and Aaron’s work centered on the heightened language.

Aaron: “Paul’s coaching is so valuable it’s become an integral part of my show preparation. For Winter’s Tale, I met with Paul well before rehearsals started so that I was going in with text clarity, so that the directors had me at my best from day one.”

Thanks, Aaron, and best of luck with your current run of Arcadia, which continues through January 6.

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Congrats to Julia Whelan!

Julia Whelan

Congratulations to Julia Whelan! She recently won a Voice Arts Award, from the Society of Voice Arts. Julia won in the category of Audiobook Narration: Author Performance, Best Voiceover, for My Oxford Year.

Julia was a guest on the March episode of Paul’s In a Manner of Speaking podcast. Listen to that podcast episode here. And check out Julia’s book here.

In accepting the award, Julia said, “Thanks to the brilliant Paul Meier for saving me when I went to him and said, ‘I’ve written myself into a corner with this book. I’ve got 15 characters in need of regional British accents, and I can do, maybe, three.’ And he sorted me out.”

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Learn about idiolects in latest podcast

Amy Stoller

Dialect coaches spend a huge amount of their time cataloguing dialects and accents by geographic area. So how do idiolects fit into our understanding of an individual’s speech patterns? Find out in the December edition of Paul’s In a Manner of Speaking podcast. This month Paul interviews Amy Stoller. In addition to being a renowned dialect coach and designer, Amy is an IDEA associate editor and creator of the Stoller System. See her website to appreciate the full range of her work.

To hear this month’s podcast, click here, or visit the podcast on iTunes by searching for “Paul Meier’s In a Manner of Speaking.” An RSS feed is also available.

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Holiday sale now underway!

Our annual holiday sale of Paul’s Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen began during the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend and will continue through January 1. During that time, the print version (with CDs) of ADSS will be available at 25% off. That’s just $74.95 instead of the usual $99.95. Click here to order.

The iTunes ebook version is also 25% off! To purchase that, search iTunes’ ebooks/iBooks store for “Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen” or go here. The ebook compilation gives you the same material that’s found in the print book (with CDs), PLUS an extra dialect: Jamaican. The book is compatible with Apple mobile devices and your Mac computer, but not your Windows computer. If you need an accent or dialect ebook for use with your Windows computer, you will need to order an individual Windows ebook (one accent or dialect) from this page for $24.95.

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‘ADSS’ holiday sale coming soon

Starting the day after Thanksgiving (November 23) and running through January 1, we’ll be offering Paul’s Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen at 25% off. That’s just $74.95 instead of the usual $99.95. You can purchase the printed book (with CDs) here. The iTunes ebook version will also be discounted by 25 percent, but to purchase that, you will need to visit iTunes.

If you prefer to purchase the book on Amazon, go here. Although we are unable to offer the holiday discount on Amazon, keep in mind that Amazon has announced it will offer free shipping in certain markets, which could save you up to $13 in shipping costs. And if you’re in Europe, purchasing the book on Amazon.co.uk might be your cheapest option. So regardless of your purchase method, Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen is going to be a great bargain for you during this holiday season!

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October podcast now online

Check out October’s “In a Manner of Speaking” podcast. Paul’s guest this month is Jim Johnson, who is an IDEA associate editor, a professor and director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance, and founder of AccentHelp. Paul and Jim talk about dialects and accents, dialect-sample gathering, dialects on stage and in film, and accents and dialects in life.

Jim Johnson

You can listen to the October podcast and all the previous podcasts here. They are also available on iTunes. And you can subscribe by RSS feed on this website.

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One day remains on ADSS iTunes discount

Just one day remains for the special sale on the iTunes ebook version of Paul’s Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen. The $59.99 price will revert to its usual $99.99 tomorrow (September 5). The iTunes ebook features all 24 accents and dialects contained in the print book plus all the sound files found on the CDs. And the ebook version contains an additional dialect: Jamaican. Although we intend to offer sales on this and other products in the future, this is the LAST time we will be able to offer ADSS at this low price. Click here or simply search your iTunes iBooks store for Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen.

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For our customers in Europe

If you’re in Europe (and especially England), we have good news for you. As you probably know, many non-European businesses were booted off Amazon.co.uk earlier this year by mistake because of new European tax legislation. But the issues have been resolved, and we are now again able to sell on Amazon.co.uk! Ordering through that site is by far the cheapest option if you want to purchase the four print/CD products that we sell there: Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen, Dialects of the British Isles and Ireland, The Standard British English Dialect, and The General American Dialect. Though you can purchase those items from this site directly and also through Amazon.com, buying them on Amazon.co.uk will save you lots of money and time in shipping. Thanks again for your patience while we resolved this issue.

Please keep in mind that these products are also available as both Windows/Mac ebooks and iTunes ebooks. And, of course, if you order them in that format, you get them immediately and without having to pay shipping. For all the products we offer, see our main product page.

 

 

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September podcast now online

Paul’s latest In a Manner of Speaking podcast is now online on the main podcast page. September’s edition is all about phonetics and the weird way words are spelled in the English language. If you haven’t yet subscribed to the podcast, via RSS feed, you can do so by clicking “subscribe” in the widget on the right. The podcast is also available on iTunes.

This podcast also features a PDF transcript. We highly recommend downloading that, so you can follow the phonetics. It is available here.

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‘ADSS’ iTunes ebook on sale

To benefit college students starting their fall semester, we’re running a special sale on the iTunes ebook version of Paul’s Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen, which features all 24 accents and dialects contained in the print book plus all the sound files found on the CDs. And the ebook version contains an additional dialect: Jamaican. It’s 40 percent off, which brings the price from $99.99 down to $59.99. Although we intend to offer sales on this and other products in the future, this is the LAST time we will be able to offer ADSS at this low price. The sale runs through September 5. Click here or simply search your iTunes iBooks store for Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen.

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July podcast: Happy birthday, IDEA!

The July edition of Paul’s “In a Manner of Speaking” podcast has just been released, and it’s all about IDEA! Specifically, the podcast celebrates the 20th anniversary of the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA), which Paul founded back in the summer of 1998. Check it out on the main podcast page, or on the individual episode page. And don’t forget to subscribe. (If you previously subscribed to the RSS feed, please be advised that we upgraded the feed. So we strongly suggest deleting your old feed and subscribing to the new one to avoid broken links. You can also now link the podcast to your iTunes.)

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June podcast features David Crystal

Paul’s new In a Manner of Speaking podcast for the month of June has just been posted. This month Paul welcomes David Crystal, one of the world’s most famous linguists and the leader of the modern movement we call OP: Original Pronunciation of Shakespeare’s works. David explains the fascinating linguistic subfield called Pragmatics. Click here to listen to it on the main podcast page. An RSS feed is also available.

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Staging “A Christmas Carol”? Paul can help.

Regardless of which version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol your theatre is staging, Paul can help! His unique and comprehensive dialect study includes a reading of Dickens’ entire novella (divided into five sound files, one for each stave), plus in-depth dialect analysis of all 36 speaking characters. For $349, your entire cast have access to more than 40 streaming-audio files for the duration of your rehearsals and performances. Click here for details and to listen to free examples of Paul’s recordings.

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NY’s Drama Book Shop turning 100

New York City’s famous Drama Book Shop is turning 100 years old next month. If you’re in New York on October 2, check out their open-house centennial celebration. It will run from 2 to 10 p.m. and will include special guests, performances, and refreshments.

The store is located at 250 West 40th Street, #1, and has been offering theatre and film scripts and other performance-related titles since 1917. Drama Book Shop has carried Paul Meier Dialect Services products for years. (We’re very grateful!) 

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Sale July 3-7: American dialects half-off

To celebrate Independence Day, Paul is offering his six American dialects at HALF PRICE from July 3 through July 7. The Windows/Mac ebooks and print book/CD versions of General American, South Boston, New York, American Southern, Deep South, and Downeast New England are all just $12.45 instead of the usual $24.95.  (Postage still applies for the print book/CD versions.) And Paul’s ebook package, Dialects of the United States, is selling for $24.95 instead of its usual $49.95. (That is available as an ebook only, not in print/CD.)

Please note that this sale is for items on PaulMeier.com only, NOT on the iPhone/iPad/iPodtouch versions sold on iTunes. Also please note that the ebook versions sold on this site are compatible with Windows and Mac systems but NOT with Apple mobile devices.

Go to All Accents & Dialects and browse the products, taking note of the green “sale” sticker.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Listen to Paul’s new BBC interview

Please listen to my recent interview on accents and dialects with the BBC World Service at this link. My short segment begins at 17:37 , but there are several other interesting pieces in the show on accents from Scotland, Texas, India, and New Zealand. I was particularly pleased that they focused on the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA), which I founded 20 years ago, and chose to test the interviewer’s skill in accent detection by playing a recording from an old friend of mine from The Rose Bruford drama school in London, where we both trained.  See if you can identify his accent as you listen.

— Paul

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Free video previews now online

If you’d thought about purchasing one of Paul’s dialect/accent products but wanted to browse the product before buying to make sure it was right for you, you’re now in luck! We’ve just added free video previews to individual product pages. To see one for Scottish, for example, click here.

Most of the products now have their own video, and we’ll be working over the next few days to add videos for all the rest. The videos walk you through the Windows/Mac ebook versions, but they are useful even if you’re thinking of buying the print book (with CD) or the iTunes version, as the material is essentially the same regardless of format.

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Two new iTunes ebooks for sale

dialects-of-the-british-isles-screenshot-1Paul is happy to announce two new iTunes ebooks. Dialects of the British Isles and Ireland, which was previously available only as a print book with CDs, is now for sale on iTunes for $49.99. That’s the same price as the print book, but without the shipping cost and wait. It contains nine dialects of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The second ebook, Dialects of the United States, was previously available only as a Windows/Mac ebook. It’s now also for sale on iTunes for $49.99. It contains six American dialects.

dialects-of-the-united-states-screenshot-1The ebooks are compatible with Mac computers and also Apple mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. They open in iBooks. For a full description of the products (and to access the iTunes links), click the links above. Or simply search your iTunes library for the titles. And keep in mind iTunes offers free downloadable previews of both ebooks. (Also remember that Paul is offering his Hampshire iTunes ebook for FREE for the rest of February.)

 

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Returning the favor to Jamaica

jamaican-dialect-booklet-donationElizabeth Montoya-Stemann was a constant source of help when I was writing and recording my Jamaican Dialect last year. One of her students, Lemar Archer, contributed recordings of both The Lord’s Prayer and a speech from Julius Caesar in Jamaican Patwa. Elizabeth is IDEA’s Associate Editor for Jamaica, contributing many of the samples I cite in the book. She’s pictured here holding a copy of the book, which I recently donated to the library at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, where Elizabeth is a lecturer. Many thanks, Elizabeth! (Click here for more information about the book/ebook.)

— Paul

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Free iTunes ebook!

HampshireWe’re happy to announce that Paul’s Hampshire Dialect iTunes ebook is FREE for the entire month of February. We strongly suggest downloading this ebook and keeping it in your iTunes library even if you don’t intend to master the Hampshire dialect, as the ebook provides great insight into all of Paul’s dialect and accent material. And because Paul grew up in Hampshire, in southern England, this dialect is particularly meaningful to him. (You might notice that in addition to possessing a colorful, charming, rural sound, the Hampshire dialect is the inspiration for the modern, movie “pirate” dialect, which arguably was introduced by British actor Robert Newton in Walt Disney’s Treasure Island, in 1950.) Click here to download, or just search for “The Hampshire Dialect” in your iTunes store. This ebook is compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and also Mac computers, but not Windows computers. (Click here for the Windows version, which is available for its regular price of $24.95.)