Hey guys! It is Aiko with Schwagirl. I am an American English pronunciation coach.

Welcome to my podcast “The Voice of English”

The purpose of this podcast is to encourage English learners and also English teachers. We all share tips and points of how we can improve our English and become better communicators.

In Episode 6, I invited Sakuraco from Hello & Goodbye

She is an artist who specializes in hand painted apparel items. Currently based in Washington, and originally from Kanagawa, Japan. Her passion is to create “good stuff” with her own two hands and to bring art into daily lives. It is extremely important to her that she leaves a positive impact on people, environment, and the society through her business.
Since she launched her own business, she has come to the realization of how much of opportunity being able to communicate in English provides, so she decided to help people who are willing to take advantage of that. Her way of making it  happen is by teaching English to to Japanese people through online English lesson service( DMM eikaiwa) which she deeply enjoys.

Here are some tips that she shared:

  • Practice speaking English on the topics that you are interested in.
  • Practice more discussion in an learning environment.
  • English learners should have a sense of entitlement of being able to make mistakes (this is a very helpful mindset!).

As you hear, Sakuraco and I were wondering how “Joey’s Apple” joke in “Friends” was translated into Japanese. If you know, please comment below and let us know!!


Sakuraco’s social media links are as follows:

日本語ブログ: https://helloandgoodbyecraft.com/

Online Shop: https://www.handgbytheartsyasian.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helloandgoodbyecraft/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HELLO_and_GDBY

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helloandgoodbyecraft/

Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/uncurated-talks/id1413342889?mt=2


In the second segment, I answer a question “how to pronounce bank”. Comment below and let me know if you were able to pronounce it ^^

If you have any questions regarding English learning or pronunciation, living in the US, working in the US, or if you would like to be a guest on this show, please contact me through http://schwagirl.com/contact

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Aiko Hemingway’s online pronunciation study material “American English Pronunciation for Japanese Speakers” is available on Teachable. Check out the link: https://hatsuonkyosei.teachable.com/

American English Pronunciation for Japanese speakers

Next 3 month intensive pronunciation course starts in Sept. If you are interested in it, please visit this page to learn more about this course.


American English pronunciation coach. Studied linguistics at UCLA. Specializing in phonetics, phonology, intonation, and second language acquisition.

She likes music and Toastmasters. Recently she enjoys playing ukulele and hand bells.