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 17, I invited Kaz based in the US.

The coauthor of Eigonodo, Kaz is a data analyst with more than 20 years of research experience. As a senior manager of a consulting firm in DC area, he works on evaluation projects of educational intervention programs. His expertise includes research design, data collection, data analysis, and SAS programming. He graduated Doshisha University and taught English as a high school teacher in Osaka for two years. He earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2000. He coauthored Eigonodo and teaches how to relax the throat to help Japanese learners to speak better English. The book also teaches how to read syllables like native speakers of English. He is originally from Hiroshima and speaks Japanese, English, and Spanish. He is also learning French and Chinese.

His social media links:
Amazon Japan


Here are my notes

  • When talking, talk to yourself. That way, you will be less nervous. English speakers usually listen to people quietly and they do not do much “aizuchi”
  • You do not have to try to say something funny or interesting. Focus on being friendly
  • Choppy sounds are hard to listen to. Use your throat to prolong vowels
  • English pronunciation is also about posture, living, being and attitude
  • Sleep on your side so that your breathing and voice will become deeper
  • Practice the thing you want to be good at
  • Count syllables. The number of syllables = the number of vowels. Diphthongs are counted as one vowel.


Artist: Nicolai Heidlas
Title: Hawaiian Winter


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American English pronunciation coach. Studied linguistics at UCLA. Specializing in phonetics, phonology, intonation, and second language acquisition.

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