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 7, I invited KY Senpai (KY先輩) from ELENAR ENGLISH

He is an actor, model and senpai!! He is not sensei. He is senpai. Like a mentor who has been through the path you are about to take. He can guide you for sure. He has been teaching the real English to Japanese people from his own experience of learning Japanese in 10 months. He speaks Japanese fluently as a second language so he knows the struggles that Japanese people have when it comes to learning English.

Here are some tips that he shared:

  • Listen!!!
  • There are no mistakes. Everything is a learning opportunity.
  • Talk in English as much as possible

The video we were talking about regarding “What are you going to do tonight?” is found here

The vowels that he was talking about are:

/eɪ/ – Cake

/æ/ – Hat

/ɑ or ɔ/ – Talk

/ʌ/ – About

/ɪ/ – Salad

These are all spelled as “a” in English. There are so many more vowels in English than in Japanese. This is why he was saying “listening” is very important. Do not let the spelling confuse you!


KY sepnai’s social media links are as follows:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/elenarsensei

Webinar: https://www.elenarenglish.com/success

His webinar starts at 7pm PST on Saturday (or 11am on Sunday in Japan Time). Make sure to sign up!! He speaks the truth in this webinar in Japanese.

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

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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.