“ Once I clipped my nose to show my English teacher how perfectly I pronounced speaking American English.

She sat me down and gave me an “F.”


      “I remember my first Hollywood movie where Meryl Streep played Madeline Ashton in “Death Becomes Her.” It was in the 90s, and it was not easy to find a movie in English, but I got lucky. My father brought a VSH player and several tapes; It was so exciting to watch even though I did not understand!
Tom & Jerry was the second that I was so fond of, then Animaniacs, Darkwing Duck, etc.”

From that moment, I decided I had to speak English natively. Now, my professional life and commitment are working with a diverse group of students to help them acieave their goals in English pronunciation. I am still doing research in Linquistics and Language Education to contribute into Education as well as create new content to make it easier for Speakers of Other Lamguages learn pronunciation with fun.

My educational background is rich and comes from the Institute of Foreign Languages and International Cooperation, where I received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). To expand my teaching competency, I decided to enter the College of Education, where I received a Doctor of Philosophy In Education with a specialization in Theory and Technologies of Professional Education. All my degrees were successfully recognized in U.S. Equivalence by Bruscan Educational Information Services, Irving, Texas, listed in Texas Education Agency.

After graduation, I immediately started working as an assistant professor of English at the Institute of Foreign Languages and International Cooperation at the Tomsk Pedagogical University, at the Department of Linguistics and Lingo-Didactics, where I taught English Phonetics, English literature, English composition, Advanced Grammar, and Writing, etc.

For many years I have been successfully organizing and conducting eLearning (online) teaching as it was a part of my Ph.D. research to give students the best from eLearning opportunities. As a result, I created several successful in-use eLearning online courses for students from the USA, France, Italy, China, Japan, Nigeria, etc., to learn English pronunciation. I am also teaching at various commercial non-profit (USA, India, Russia, etc.) organizations and Universities. Many years of teaching experience helped me develop my methodology for teaching American Pronunciation. I created a unique program that has changed peoples’ lives across the world.

Teaching is not the only thing that captures my attention; I am also interested in collaborating with various international scientific publishers. Recently I published my scientific work where I was a lead editor working with scientists from many countries to contribute to Language Education. I edited the special issue of the International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Vol 4 2020, “Organization for Educational Communications and Technologies (OECT).”

to be continued ….

American sounds, American consonants

American Consonants sound-by-sound

1. You can understand how to pronounce American consonants correctly using the 2D Sound Simulator;
2. You can practice each sound with “phonetic exercises” (at the beginning, middle, and end of words);
3. You can practice speaking them in “sentence practice” & “paragraph practice.”
Use your consonants confidently!

This chapter consists of 25 American English consonant phonemes: 15 Voiced Sounds & 9 Unvoiced Sounds.

Session 1. American Unvoiced [t] & Voiced [d] Phonemes + Voicing [t̬]
Session 2. American Voiced [r] & Voiced [w] Phonemes
Session 3. American Unvoiced [s] & Voiced [z] Phonemes
Session 4. American Unvoiced [th] & Voiced [t͟h] Phonemes
Session 5. American Unvoiced [ʃ] & Voiced [ʒ] Phonemes
Session 6. American Unvoiced [ʧ] & Voiced [ʤ] Phonemes
Session 7. American Unvoiced [h] Phoneme
Session 8. American Unvoiced [p] & Voiced [b] Phonemes
Session 9. American Unvoiced [f] & Voiced [v] Phonemes
Session 10. American Unvoiced consonant [k] & Voiced consonant [g] Sounds
Session 11. American Lateral Voiced consonant [l] Sound
Session 12. American Voiced consonants [m], [n], & [ŋ] Sonorants
Session 13. Word Endings; ED -ending [t], [d], or [id]



“…I have been working with Dr. Alex Obskov for six and a half months to improve my pronunciation, and I appreciate him for the fantastic job he has done with my accent. I came to the US several years ago, and it was challenging for me to understand people, to speak my mind, and to feel confident in the way I sound. There are eleven sessions that Alex has designed perfectly to target the most important sounds in the American language. I have had a very thick Russian accent, and the manner of speaking was different. Alex has been so patient with me, helping me out to understand the American consonants and vowels, word stress, and intonation patterns. I would say that I often struggle with the feeling of low confidence in my English speaking, but Alex has helped me change my mind completely. Thanks a lot!



Find Your Voice

American Accent Program
for Speakers of English as a Second Language