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 11, I invited Miho Noguchi the bilingual MC and Coach based in Japan.

Miho is an event host MC / interpreter based in Gifu, central Japan.  She started her public speaking career as a Japanese-English bilingual radio news announcer and DJ in Nagoya and shifted into her event host career in 2010.  She has hosted many international corporate events, congresses, as well as wedding receptions of international couples.  She is also a home-based voice-over talent, and is known as the Japanese GPS voice behind Google Maps app.  In 2016 her voice was replaced by a new synthetic voice system, which sparked a huge backlash on Twitter and other social media platforms. Later Google decided to put her voice back on the app and you can still hear her voice.  And in 2017  she won the title of the Japanese delegate of Mrs. Globe beauty pageant and ran for the international competition in China with 70 other contestants from around the world.  She also teaches English to those who want to become MCs or public speakers through workshops and also one-on-one online coaching.

Here are my notes:

  • Your voice is your asset!!
  • It is amazing that a great English speaker like Miho says “I am still struggling with English” and she practices a lot! I hope that will motivate you.
  • English and Japanese “good” voices have different pitches. Find yours in English and in Japanese by downloading a free PDF at http://bilingualmc.jp/
  • She coaches who want to become a bilingual MC for international events. Contact her to set up a trial session.


Here are the links to her social media

Website and newsletter signup link: http://bilingualmc.jp/

Facebook Page: htttp://www.facebook.com/bilingualmc.jp

Instagram: mihonog

Twitter: @mihonog

Miho Noguchi & Emiko Rasmussen’s Podcast: “Her Confidence Her Way” https://www.herconfidenceherway.com/


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

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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.