In this video, I discuss the top five pronunciation issues that Chinese natives may have when learning to speak American English and how to correct them: Watch and find out! (I wrote a blog about these points before, but here is an easy-to-watch video!) If you would like to contact me, Dr. Ojakangas, [...]
In this video, Dr. Ojakangas explains how the Accent-American Self Study courses are different than others you might find. If you would like to speak American English fluently with an American accent but are not ready to work with an American accent coach, try a Self-Study course online. These courses are TAILORED JUST FOR YOU! [...]
When I first speak with a client, many tell me that they do not know how their accent can change. It is a mystery to them. It seems un-doable, even. This makes total sense! When you speak with an accent (and we ALL have accents), you are not hearing how you speak. You have no [...]
If you are an international professional working to improve your English, listening is key. By ‘listening’ I do not mean superficial, lightweight listening, I mean REALLY listening. Listening is hard work and requires concentration. For the international professional, listening is the key to being able to pronounce sounds the way Americans do. The rule says: [...]
Learn the Top 5 Challenges Chinese Speakers of English make and how to correct them! Dr. Ojakangas of Accent-American tells you how!
Learn 3 simple ways to sound confident while speaking American English!
By using three simple rules, you can add emphasis and emotion to your American English! Simply, say the vowel longer, the syllable louder, and make your pitch go up on the word you want to emphasize!
Learning how to use articles in English is hard. These little words (a, an, the) give so many of my clients so many problems. Why is that? Let’s look at how several languages handle ‘definite and indefinite articles,’ as they are called. Articles are related to gender. Interestingly, in Old English (up to 1150 A.D.) [...]
Be a ‘Couch Potato’ (Couch Potato n. One who spends an inordinate amount of time on the couch watching television) Does this sound like unusual advice, given America’s obsession with exercise and health? Well, it is good advice for someone wanting to improve his/her American English pronunciation! Watching television is one of the best ways [...]
Although the classic musical, My Fair Lady, is wonderful, the accent coaching methods that Professor Higgins uses in the play are not!