American Accent Training 2019-07-02T16:24:15-05:00

American Accent Training

Meet Dr. Ojakangas, a trained neuroscientist and certified speech-language pathologist. She will be your Accent Coach!

“I can help you improve your accent by at least 50%.  I will create a personalized course tailored to your unique communication needs as an English speaker. This can also include work on public speaking, interview techniques or other communication areas.”

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Did you know…

  • 8 out of 10 employers admit to making discriminatory decisions based on regional accents.

  • Customers view business professionals with an accent as less credible than native speakers.

  • Students give non-native English speaking professors a 29% lower rating on “Rate my professor.”

Don’t let your accent keep you from the career you desire.

Success Stories

Yugo Fujinami

Dr. O. is a real professional accent coach and not an ESL teacher.

If you seriously want to improve your accent, her classes should be considered as a first priority.

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CEO, Consulting Company

2018-12-05T04:39:02-05:00

CEO, Consulting Company

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Dr. O. is a real professional accent coach and not an ESL teacher. If you seriously want to improve your accent, her classes should be considered as a first priority.

Naima Semache

In addition to working with my accent, Dr. Ojakangas helped me with presentations I had to do for high management (several CEOs), reviewing the contents, making it clearer, correcting and helping me to stand and say my speech!

I would definitely recommend Accent-American to anyone needing help with American English!

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Head of Quality Control, Global Software Company

2018-12-05T04:46:10-05:00

Head of Quality Control, Global Software Company

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In addition to working with my accent, Dr. Ojakangas helped me with presentations I had to do for high management (several CEOs), reviewing the contents, making it clearer, correcting and helping me to stand and say my speech! I would definitely recommend Accent-American to anyone needing help with American English!

Luiz Greca

I explained to Dr. Ojakangas that what I needed was not only to learn the pronunciation, but also how to present materials professionally and in an effective way. Catherine tailored the course to meet those needs, and I think that was very effective…

I’d recommend it to anyone who has come to America from another country!

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Vice President, Investment Banking

2018-12-05T04:49:30-05:00

Vice President, Investment Banking

speak english like an american
I explained to Dr. Ojakangas that what I needed was not only to learn the pronunciation, but also how to present materials professionally and in an effective way. Catherine tailored the course to meet those needs, and I think that was very effective… I’d recommend it to anyone who has come to America from another country!

Yudai Nishiyama

I went to an English language center for two weeks before working with Dr. Ojakangas, but they didn't teach me how to pronounce English as Americans do. At Accent-American... I learned the system of American pronunciation, which I think is important to do business internationally...

I would absolutely recommend Accent-American’s courses to friends and colleagues!

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Director, Crowd-Sourcing Company, Tokyo

2018-12-05T04:50:54-05:00

Director, Crowd-Sourcing Company, Tokyo

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I went to an English language center for two weeks before working with Dr. Ojakangas, but they didn't teach me how to pronounce English as Americans do. At Accent-American... I learned the system of American pronunciation, which I think is important to do business internationally... I would absolutely recommend Accent-American’s courses to friends and colleagues!

Andi Widianto

I was frustrated because it seemed to me that only a few of my MBA classmates fully understood what I said... therefore I worried that I would fail courses due to such issues...

Thanks very much Dr. Ojakangas, for helping my speech becomes less-accented and boosting my confidence in speaking English.

Economic Analyst, Indonesia

2018-12-05T04:51:58-05:00

Economic Analyst, Indonesia

I was frustrated because it seemed to me that only a few of my MBA classmates fully understood what I said... therefore I worried that I would fail courses due to such issues... Thanks very much Dr. Ojakangas, for helping my speech becomes less-accented and boosting my confidence in speaking English.

Adrian Padurean, M.D., M.B.A.

During conversations I would always get the question: "Where are you originally from?"... This prompted me to take an accent reduction cohort class at a public university, which helped, but not to my satisfaction. Then I found Cathy...

I don't think anyone can find a better teacher than Cathy!

Medical Director, Neogenomics

2018-12-05T04:53:16-05:00

Medical Director, Neogenomics

During conversations I would always get the question: "Where are you originally from?"... This prompted me to take an accent reduction cohort class at a public university, which helped, but not to my satisfaction. Then I found Cathy... I don't think anyone can find a better teacher than Cathy!

Learn to speak English like an American with our customized accent modification courses.

Improve your accent.

You’ll see results after the very first lesson. And motivated clients usually improve 50% (and often much more) by the end of the course.

Communicate with confidence.

Clear speech doesn’t just increase your confidence as a professional. It also increases your client’s trust in your expertise.

Get that promotion.

Being clearly understood will help you meet your career goals and get the promotion you deserve.

Why you need an accent coach

I often hear individuals say that they thought they could improve on their own with a CD program or book. They thought that they could learn to speak like an American by speaking the language every day, recording and analyzing themselves,  and working hard to develop their English. But, they became frustrated with little results.  Why?

When you listen to yourself try to say a new sound, even if you record yourself, you often cannot tell if its right or wrong.  This is because your auditory discrimination system in your brain can’t tell the difference between the right and wrong pronunciation.  This leads to frustration and little improvement.

As your personal accent coach, I will analyze your speech and give you the feedback required to change your brain pathways so that you can hear and produce the American English sounds and intonation correctly.

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Dr. Catherine Ojakangas is a neuroscientist and a nationally certified speech language pathologist with over 25 years of experience. She has studied the brain and the neural pathways involved in learning a new motor skill.  She has a proven track record of helping business professionals solidify new speech patterns. It’s time to put an end to the unfortunate consequences of foreign accent discrimination.

Click below to request a professional consultation with Dr. Ojakangas.

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