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!
A new year has begun, and with it a new president, supposedly the Leader of the Free World has entered as American's president. I feel compelled to write about this election and to voice my disagreements with the content and style of President Trump's first few weeks. I did not vote for him and [...]
Another new year is approaching! Wow, how time flies! The year 2016 was a difficult year. We saw horrible conflicts continuing in the world, we saw a very contentious election in the U.S. come to a surprising and scary end, we saw many important musicians and others pass away suddenly. And yet, the sun continues [...]