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 14, I invited Mari Kishimoto who is a high school English teacher in Japan. The real voice from an English teacher in Japan!

Mari is a mom of three. She worked at a private company as a system engineer before she became a high school teacher. She has been an English teacher for 15 years. She mentioned that English education in Japan is changing in 2 years and shared some passion and struggles. Let’s think about how we can improve our English and English education system together!

Here are notes

  • English education in Japan is changing in 2 years. It will have speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Active learning is great. Mari is letting her students speak more in class.
  • You don’t have to be perfect.

Since Mari does not use social media, contact Aiko if you would like to connect with Mari. http://schwagirl.com/contact


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


6th Pronunciation Counseling

11/30 Friday @7pm PST/10pm EST

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English learning webinar with Kaori Pascua

12/7 Friday @4pm PST

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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.