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: [...]
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!
Written by Dr. Ojakangas
MAIN POINT: If you are trying to change your accent (the habit of how you speak), here are some practical ideas from brain research to make it easier!