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.”
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.
Catherine tailored the course to meet my needs…
“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!”
Identified my weaknesses and gave me the right tools…
“Just before I moved for the first time to the US, I wanted to strengthen my English, to feel comfortable with my pronunciation, and to improve my communication skills. Dr. Ojakangas (Catherine) did all that and more. She tailored a 3-month course, which answered all my needs. From the evaluation through each session, Catherine identified my weaknesses and gave me the right tools to improve those and to achieve my goals. I would highly recommend Dr. Ojakangas’s courses to any international professional who wants to improve their English communication.”
It was a correct choice to take this course!
” This was the first time in my life to learn native English so systematically. After learning essences such as the IPA, word intonation and word linking, I realized that my speaking skills in English, as well as the listening skills, improved steadily. I am quite sure that this course was my concrete step to becoming a proficient English speaker. I think this course is extremely recommended to Japanese people who are struggling to master the English spoken language.”
I feel much more comfortable now in front of the class…
“I worked with Dr. Ojakangas for six months on pronunciation as well as public speaking skills. I don’t think any other course could have provided me with such detailed analysis of my accent and instructions on how to improve. I feel much more comfortable now in front of the class I teach. Her teaching of pronunciation and her suggestions to improve my presentation skills were tremendously helpful! Thank you, Dr. O.!”
I wish I had known about Accent-American’s coaching earlier!
“I took the 16-week accent coaching program with Dr. Ojakangas. Overall, it was an amazing course. I learned how to pronounce words and sentences in the American way. The assessment at the beginning helped me identify what issues my English had and what I should focus on. Lessons were tailored to what I needed.”
I’d highly recommend her…
“In a warm, inviting, and relaxed atmosphere, Cathy identified what specific aspects of my speech pattern could hamper my audience from receiving and understanding the main points of my presentations. Cathy then gave me techniques and methods to slow down my speech rate during public presentations, as well as suggestions as how to become a more dramatic and effective speaker. I’d highly recommend her to others seeking to improve their presentation and communication skills.”
Very satisfied with the progress I made…
“Catherine at Accent-American gave me the tools I needed to considerably improve my accent. The first-week evaluation was instrumental in identifying my weaknesses, communicating my goals, and establishing a plan of action tailored to my needs.
During my 17-week program, Catherine designed coursework content in accordance with our plan of action and provided personalized advice (both during our coaching meetings and through emails) and tools (e.g. audiotapes, personal recordings, workbooks, guides, homework assignments) to help me achieve my goals by the end of the program. I am very satisfied with the progress I made during the program and I would not have improved that quickly without Catherine’s guidance.
Accent-American’s program provided me with effective communicative skills and helped me feel more confident when speaking English.”
Her encouragement throughout the sessions was remarkable…
“Knowing what my mistakes are was huge for me. Knowing my areas of weaknesses and working through them gave me a weekly dose of confidence. There is no session that I did not have an AHA! moment. The AHA! moments made me look forward to the sessions. I believed that the more AHA!moments that I got to, gets me close to completely eradicating my accent. What I enjoyed about Dr. Ojakangas is how she was able to inject humor into her sessions. The humor made it fun and exciting even though I saw her late evenings after work when I was almost tired. Her encouragement throughout the sessions was remarkable. Even when you think you are disappointing her, she finds a way to support and cheer you on. This was a valuable and rewarding experience. Certainly, it’s a milestone toward a complete eradication of my accent.”
I would definitely recommend Accent-American to anyone…
“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!”
I don’t think anyone can find a better teacher…
“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!”
I learned the system of American pronunciation…
“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!”
Very pleased with the services she provided…
“I visited Accent-American because I was having difficulties expressing myself clearly in English. I am from Japan and, although my English is good, I needed some assistance. Sometimes my boss had difficulty understanding my conversation. Dr. Ojakangas determined what sounds I needed to improve, and how to come to the main point of discussion directly. I am very pleased with the services she provided.”
A real professional accent coach…
“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.”
A real professional accent coach…
“I took a small group, online course for 10 weeks with Dr. O. Three of our group were in Tokyo, and one was in Boston. I believe the course has three main advantages. First, the course’s quality is significantly high. Cathy’s comments in classes always come from her deep knowledge of the field. Second, the course covers comprehensive topics of American accent. Comprehensive learning has much more value than learning a part of a subject. Third, Cathy’s instruction is always easy to understand and she is very supportive to make students go further. I personally asked her to make sample readings of some short passages not in the course, and she was glad to do it for me. My accent improved significantly.
All of these advantages come from the fact that 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.”
I learned so much!
“My work at Accent-American with Dr. Ojakangas can be described In one word, several syllables: A-MA-ZING! And also REWARDING! I learned so much! I was looking for something different and I found it! I’m now more confident because I learned a lot in regards to the vowels, the consonants, and the intonation of American English. I was always afraid to exaggerate too much when speaking the American language; Dr. Ojakangas reassured me. She gave me this confidence by her knowledge, her patience also and her availability when I had questions.
In addition to work with my accent, Dr. Ojakangas helped me with presentations I had to do for high management (several CEOs), reviewing the contents making it clearer, correct and helping me to stand and say my speech! The lessons are also oriented towards your needs. I would definitely recommend Accent-American to anyone needing help with American English!”
The best pronunciation class…
“Dr. Ojakangas’s training was the best pronunciation class I have ever had!”
I give her teaching a 10 out of 10…
“I took the 13-week individual course from Dr. O. and I LOVED it! I am more confident now when speaking, and when I make a mistake I know the scientific basis and can correct myself. The program, materials, and most of all Dr. O.’s expertise were all great. I give her teaching a 10 out of 10, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their American English pronunciation!”
She will help transform your deficiency into efficiency!
“I came from Cameroon knowing how to speak English, but not the standard American English. My intonation was crazy, I chewed some of the words, especially the last sounds of a word and my pronunciation to many words was funny. Many people could not understand more than 60% of what I was saying. Three weeks after enrolling with Accent-American I realized people didn’t have to ask me to repeat myself for them to understand what I was saying! I had conversations with people. My intonation got better and better. I could pronounce words clearly without swallowing my words and, above all, I could easily communicate with people without the fear of not being understood. Thank you, Accent-American (Dr. O.) for helping me!
Dr. O., who asks you to call her Cathy, is patient and has excellent teaching skills, the assignments and pace of the class are perfect. She will help transform your deficiency into efficiency! You can achieve your goal with personal effort and Cathy’s instruction.”
Boosting my confidence in speaking English…
“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.”
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.
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.