Downeast New England


Learn the Downeast New England dialect of the United States from renowned accent coach Paul Meier. This user-friendly book, or ebook, is the industry standard for this dialect. See below for a description of the three formats available. (For discounts on multiple copies,  e-mail Paul.)

Sample ExerciseMy father warned that lobster fishing in Maine is a hard life in winter. Click the play button to hear this sentence.


In addition to the format below, we offer a Downeast New England  iTunes eBook!  Just click here.


If you want this dialect plus another, Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen may be your better choice. But if you want JUST the Downeast New England dialect, this is your best buy. This user-friendly book (or ebook) is the industry standard for the Downeast New England dialect of the United States. Although this region contains many dialects, we will concentrate here on a classic sound that is a bit harder to find these days, but which is delightful and needed not only for contemporary plays and films, but often called for in period pieces and for vernacular speakers.  Its core area might be considered coastal Maine, southern New Hampshire, working-class Boston north-shore, and eastern Rhode Island.  Learn to speak like Robert Shaw in Jaws and the characters from Thornton Wilder’s Our Town! (Paul speaks the entire text himself. So you hear him demonstrate, in dialect, the signature sounds in isolation, the word lists, the practice sentences, and the two monologues.) For the sound of working-class Boston, see South Boston book/ebook, also available on this site.


If you choose to purchase the book (option #1 on the drop-down menu above), you get an attractive perfect-bound paperback book with color covers, plus an accompanying audio CD. Page count: 28. Approximate running time: 30 minutes. Price: $24.95 plus shipping. Priority shipping in the U.S. is approximately $6, with delivery in 2-3 days. For priority shipping outside the U.S., costs vary and shipping time is 6-10 days. Express shipping is also available: overnight to most locations in the U.S. and 3-5 days to other countries. PLEASE NOTE: We often use Amazon as a shipping partner, as it is the largest and most trusted online marketplace. Rest assured Paul Meier Dialect Services will fill your order and provide customer support, but your book/CD might ship directly from Amazon.

If you choose the ebook for Windows (option #2 on the drop-down menu above), you get an attractive full-color ebook compatible with your Windows PC. (It’s also compatible with Mac computers (OSX 10.4 or higher), but for Macs, we recommend the iTunes ebook, below.) It’s exactly the same content as in the print booklet, but you save postage – and get it right away! (You will need the latest version of QuickTime (a free download) to play the embedded sound files. And don’t forget to reboot your computer after installing it.) You will also receive, via e-mail, a registration code for your ebook. Your ebook is compatible with both desktop and laptop computers, but NOT mobile devices. (It will NOT play on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.) You must buy them from a computer for use on a computer. If you desire an ebook that will play on Apple mobile devices, we suggest clicking the option in blue text right under the drop-down menu above, which links directly to iTunes, where you can purchase it. (Also please note: You’ll receive your username and password within minutes via e-mail. Your subscription never expires. Windows ebooks are password protected and play only on your own computers; registration to two computers is permitted; they are not printable, nor are the sound files transferable to any other device; they are playable only on your computer; and sharing with others is not possible, and a violation of copyright. Full E-mail support is available.) Price: $24.95, immediate download, no shipping cost. CLICK HERE FOR A FREE VIDEO PREVIEW.

If you choose to purchase the ebook for iTunes (by clicking the blue text above the drop-down menu above), you will be taken directly to iTunes, where you can purchase this attractive, full-color ebook through your own iTunes account (the Apple iBookstore). This version will play on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac, using Apple’s free iBooks app, but NOT on your Windows PC. Please note that both this version and version #2, above, WILL play on a Mac (OS X Mavericks or newer), but we recommend THIS version for Mac users. If you desire an ebook that will play on your Windows PC, you must choose the Windows ebook described above (option #2 on the drop-down menu above). You may download an extensive, free preview version for immediate viewing from iTunes. (Preview all our publications this way, even if purchasing a printed copy or the Windows eBook format.) Price: 24.99, immediate download to your iTunes/iBooks, no shipping cost.