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While Stuck At Home – Learn The American Accent!

In this video, Dr. Ojakangas encourages you to begin an accent coaching program at home, while sheltering in place, during this terrible COVID-19 time.  We will get through this - but while at home this is a great time to begin learning American English pronunciation - American vowels, consonants, and American intonation.  Sign up for [...]

By | 2020-03-29T18:14:37-05:00 March 24th, 2020|

Learn To Pronounce American English Vowels

In this video, I go over the American English vowels and tell you how to pronounce them correctly.  Vowels are the key for clear and effective communication in American English. Learn to pronounce the vowels and you will be learning how to sound American. How to improve your spoken English If you're interested [...]

By | 2020-01-27T08:55:44-06:00 January 24th, 2020|

Can You Please Repeat That? (short article written for HR professionals)

I had the privilege of writing a short article for the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago this month.  It is a short review of the value of accent coaching for international  professionals who speak American English as a second language.  Check it out! https://hrleader.hrmac.org/Full-Article/can-you-please-repeat-that#.Xg5iw5KvLP0.linkedin

By | 2020-01-09T10:02:04-06:00 January 9th, 2020|

Learn How To Pronounce The Letter ‘O’ In American English

In this video, Dr. Ojakangas explains the many ways to pronounce words spelled with 'o'.  You will have practice in speaking American English, learning how to pronounce English correctly.  Enjoy! Many, many words are spelled with the letter 'o' in English.  And, there are many, many different ways to pronounce those words!  It [...]

By | 2020-01-27T08:55:20-06:00 December 16th, 2019|

Learn the Intonation for Different Kinds of Words in American English

In this video, I describe how to sound more American by pronouncing compound nouns, adjectives and nouns, and proper nouns the right way. These are simple rules to learn that you can apply EVERY DAY to sound more like an American with your American English pronunciation. We use compound nouns, adjectives describing nouns and proper [...]

By | 2020-01-27T08:55:36-06:00 December 9th, 2019|

American English Intonation – An Introduction

In this video, I give you an introduction to how Americans pronounce. American English pronunciation involves use of INTONATION. Intonation is the melody of the language, and Americans use a lot of melody in their speech. How to improve your spoken English If you’re interested in an online course which you can take [...]

By | 2020-01-27T08:58:27-06:00 November 26th, 2019|

Chinese Speakers Of English – 5 Tips To Help You Speak American English!

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!) How to improve your spoken English If you’re interested [...]

By | 2020-01-27T08:58:33-06:00 October 25th, 2019|

Learn American Accent Online With A Self-Study Course

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! [...]

By | 2020-01-27T08:59:27-06:00 October 7th, 2019|

Why Listening Can Help You Improve Your American English Pronunciation

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:  [...]

By | 2020-01-27T09:10:49-06:00 January 22nd, 2019|