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 12, I invited Yuko April Ito who is an English coach based in Japan.

Yuko teaches mainly Japanese women in Japan in 30s and 40s who would like to restart learning English. She focuses on “real” English which is actually spoken outside Japan as opposed to “classroom” English. Yuko visited the US when she was 14 years old and she realized that the world was so big! She shared her experience in the US and in other countries and why she started teaching “real” English.

Here are my notes:

  • English is the best language to communicate with people in the world
  • Use English all day even in Japan so that you will be familiar with it
  • Go out and see the world!


Here are the links to her social media

☆Who is Yuko? https://youtu.be/D8Stxd0mtP8
☆Facebook https://www.facebook.com/eigodekirari
☆Twitter http://twitter.com/eigodekirari7
☆ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/yuko_april_english


This episode is sponsored by “Online Business Course” by Emiko Rasmussen and Aiko Hemingway

This course is for women who would like to start their own business using the skills that were built in their career. The next course starts on Oct. 26th. And there is a free workshop on Oct 20th at 5pm PST. Come join us on 10/20! Register link: https://bit.ly/2EmPNLH


In the second segment in this episode, I am talking about my trip to Europe.

My husband and I visited 4 countries in Europe and it was a blast!

I shared the mind shift I experienced!!


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 Jan 2019. If you are interested in it, please visit this page to learn more about this course. Only three spots available!


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.