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 9, I invited Ayaka Kawamoto from Omotenashi Eigo, based in Japan.

Ayaka is currently working as an English teacher in Japan and is starting a new English course for personal travel guides to acquire English skills. If you are interested in becoming a travel guide and introducing your hometown in English, you want to definitely check out this episode! She will let you learn your mindset for speaking English and useful English phrases to guide your town, learn how to organize your own tours and express yourself in English, and make presentations about your local town. She mentioned that Japanese accented English is acceptable. Her message is very encouraging and she wants you to be proud of your accent!


3-Month おもてなし英語 for a travel guide: bit.ly/2vfunZY 

You can learn the following content in three months:

Week 1: Travel guide basics(websiteへの登録,プロフィール作成)
Week 2: Getting along (自己紹介)
Week 3: Food and drinks (あなたの街で飲食してもらいたい食べ物・飲み物紹介)
Week 4: Guiding (あなたの街の観光名所を説明)
Week 5: Shopping (あなたの街で有名なお土産を紹介)
Week 6: Transportation and direction(道案内)
Week 7: Cooking (あなたの街の名物の作り方)
Week 8-9: airbnb experience tourを通して自分のツアー作成(2週間)
Week 10-11: Making a presentation (あなたの街を英語でプレゼン)(2週間)


Here are the links to her social media

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annieayaka1116/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/omotenashieigo/

Facebook: Ayaka Kawamoto

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EigoOmotenashi    

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dAM_vX


In Aug, I have a sponsor! She is Megumi the blogger based in Hawaii. She writes about Hawaiian life, English learning, and other interesting things. Check out her blog here: https://www.megumi711.com/

She operates Yes! サロン which is a community where you can output English so that you can improve English. If you are looking for an opportunity to output English, check out her twitter. https://twitter.com/MeginHawaii


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

Artist: Nicolai Heidlas
Title: Hawaiian Winter



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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. Only two spots left!


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.