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 10, I invited Zakiyama from Zakiyama English based in Japan who is an English coach and mentor.

He speaks British English. He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington, with the degree of Linguistics and Business minor. Currently, he is working for an IT company based in Tokyo. And he provides English lessons.

Now Zakiyama coaches English, but when he went to the UK for the first time, he could not understand a very simple sentence. Someone said “How are you?” to him, but he heard it as “How old are you?” That happened on his very first day in the UK. Since then, he practiced English hard. And he is coaching English from his own experience being in the UK and also in the US.

Enjoy his encouraging messages!


Here are the links to his social media

Website: http://zakiyama-english.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/zakiyamaenglish


Notes from this episode

Synaesthesia : Seeing words or objects as colors

Reading: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/what-it-s-like-to-live-with-synaesthesia-a7079241.html

Bouba/Kiki Effect : Linking shapes to sounds

Reading: https://www.theguardian.com/science/head-quarters/2016/oct/17/the-boubakiki-effect-how-do-we-link-shapes-to-sounds

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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.