Hello! I am Aiko and I am an American English accent coach.

 

ネイティブレベルの発音力が必要なアメリカのエンターテイメント業界で活躍されている方から、アメリカ留学&渡米したてでとにかく通じる発音を短期間で身につけたいという方まで、幅広く発音矯正レッスンを行なっています。

私自身、大人になってからの渡米です。日本では6年間の典型的な英語教育を受けました。アメリカに留学するまで、「6年も英語を習ったんだから、なんとかなるだろう」と思っていましたが、アメリカに来てそれが大きな勘違いだったことに気がつきます。

話せない
聞き取れない
通じない

自分の英語力が全く通用しなかったのです。

アメリカ人の発音はとても早い。特にアメリカ人同士で会話するときは、そのスピードに全然ついていけない。これは日本人誰もが感じる壁です。

そのことから「早い発音を練習すると、発音できるようになり、聞き取れるようになる」と気がつき、早い発音を中心に練習し始めました。

たくさん練習し、発音矯正レッスンを受ける日々が始まります。それで言語学に興味を持ち、大学で音声学、音韻学、イントネーション学を中心に研究してきました。そして、大学教授と行なった研究で大量の音声データのイントネーションを分析しているうちに、発音を聞くと舌の動きなどがイメージとしてわかるようになってきたのです。

それから、英語の発音矯正レッスンを行なっています。

早い発音(アメリカ人が実際に話すようなモゴモゴ発音)を最初から練習していくと、効率よく発音が上達します。発音を理解すると、早い発音もしっかり聞き取れるようになってきます。

この相乗効果を狙って、実践的ですぐにアメリカで使える英語のスキルを教えています。

クライエント様からは

「大人になってからでも発音って伸びるんですね!」
「電話の会話がスムーズになった」
「英語の指摘をされなくなった」
「通じやすくなったのでストレスが減った」
「ネイティブスピーカーがネイティブ同士で話すスピードで私に話してくれるようになった。今までは私が英語を話し始めると、それに合わせてネイティブがスローダウンして話しかけてくれたから、大きな変化を感じた。今までは英語が不自由な外国人という扱いを受けていたが、今では一人の人として接してくれる。とても嬉しい」
「英語を話すのが怖くなくなった」

こんな嬉しいメッセージを日々いただいています。

しかも、クライエント様は「自分には才能ないかも」「発音はもう諦めた」というような悩みを抱えていた方ばかりです。

それが「自分にもできる!」と気がつくと、人生が大きく変わりますよね。英語の発音は、誰でもできるようになりますので、自分に自信を持てる日本人を増やすのが私の目標です。

レッスンでは、英語能力を伸ばすだけではなく、英語を話すことが楽しくなるようなマインドセットにも力を入れています。「発音が通じない」「英語に自身がない」と悩んでいる方はぜひ一度ご連絡ください。悩むときは自分の人生を変えるチャンス。悩みを前に進むきっかけにしてみましょう。

私も大人になってからの渡米で、発音でたくさん苦労してきました。通じない、聞き取れない、というのを何度も経験してきましたので、日本語訛りをどうやって通じる英語にしていくかに熟知しています。発音をよくするとリスニングもよくなりますので、耳から覚えるフレーズが増えて全体的な英語上達が早まります。みなさんの夢を叶えるお手伝いをいたします。

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My coaching style

I can detect how the tongue is moving by listening. With my special skill, I will give you very specific instructions on how to move your tongue and fix your pronunciation issues. You will be amazed to see how quickly you can improve your pronunciation. All it takes is the right instructions and lots of practice.

You will be more confident speaking English. I will tell you the areas that you are doing great. You will know your strengths and will enjoy speaking English.

Not only I teach you vowels and consonants, but also American rhythm, intonation and stress. Your pronunciation overall will improve by correcting your rhythm, intonation, breathing.

発音を聞くと、口の中で舌がどう動いているか、そして力の入ってる場所はどこか、空気をもっと出した方がいいか、振動が十分できているか、などがイメージできます。その特技を活かして、発音レッスンを行なっていますので、効率よく発音を上達させることができます。

 

My Research Areas

  • intonation: prosody, focus, ToBI
  • phonetics: accent reduction, speech production, vowel acoustics
  • language acquisition: child language acquisition, language acquisition for speech-impaired clients, adult language acquisition

特に好きなのは、イントネーション。イントネーション分析のテクニックである ToBI にとてもはまってます。

 

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles. B.A. in Linguistics
  • Santa Monica College. UC Certificate

 

Conference Presentation

  • 2011. The Intonation & Prosody for Children With Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Poster session at ASHA in San Diego (as the second author)
  • 2011. Analyzing the Melody of Fluency for Speech-Impaired Clients. Poster session at ASHA in San Diego (as a co-author)
  • 2010. A Study of a Japanese Child L2 Learner of English. 1st Southern California Undergraduate Linguistics Conference, UCLA (with a research partner)

Assistant Position

  • Research assistant, cross modal priming experiment 2 (Jason Bishop PhD., supervised by Prof. Sun-Ah Jun, UCLA, 2012)- Running subjects and conducting a joint research
  • Editor, Prosodic Typology, The Phonology of Intonation and Phrasing. Oxford University Press (Prof. Sun-Ah Jun, UCLA, 2012)- Editing the website
  • Research assistant, cross modal priming experiment 1 (Jason Bishop, supervised by Prof. Sun-Ah Jun, 2011-2012)- Running subjects
  • Research assistant, intonation patterns of typically-developing and speech-impaired children (Dr. Susan Fosnot and Henry Tehrani from UCL A phonetics lab, 2010)- ToBI coding

Recommendations

The pronunciation book I recommend for absolute beginners. 私が最初に手にとって勉強した発音の本です。お勧めします!

The American Accent Guide, 2nd Edition, A Complete and Comprehensive Course on the Pronunciation and Speaking Style of American English for Individuals … book and nearly 8 hrs of MP3 audio

I studied pronunciation with this book 10 years ago. I highly recommend this book if you are serious about improving your pronunciation.


How Not to Be Afraid of Speaking English (Japanese Edition)

I published this e-book in Japanese. If you are afraid of speaking English, this short book will help you have a positive mindset. 全ての日本人に、もっと自信を持って英語を話してもらいたいという願いを込めて、本を書きました。

 

Interviews and Media Appearances

Her Confidence Her Way Podcast Episode 13

Podcast Host : Emiko Rasmussen

えみこさんも私も日本人ですが、英語で会話しています。

San Diego May 夢を叶えるラジオPodcast Episode 5

Podcast Host: May Nakamura

発音ミニレッスンを行いました。

 

Testimonials

From clients who took an intensive course.

“In this course, I can learn English pronunciation step by step, very systematically. I’m sure I can improve my pronunciation by following this course and I feel some of my English pronunciation has already improved.
Before the course, I couldn’t pronounce some sounds correctly, like “th”, “t”, “v” and so on. I practiced by myself, but some of them didn’t improve. In this course, Aiko gives us some useful tips and teaches us how to practice, and after my performance, she gives me detailed feedback. She knows how my tongue moves when she hears my pronunciation, and tells us how to change it. I think it’s her gift.
I learned English pronunciation before by a Japanese whose pronunciation was pretty good, but he couldn’t tell me how to move the tongue.
Aiko also tells us how to breathe when we speak English. I didn’t know about that before, and it’s good to know.”

 

“I was embarrassed with my thick accent, so I used to avoid speaking English as much as possible. When I have to speak English, my voice was so low, and often I was taken as I don’t have confidence. I feel in the US, people tend to think more highly if people have confidence, so this course is definitely helping my career. Because customers are understanding my English much more, it gives me confidence, also I have learned to use more air, so my voice is louder than before. I noticed myself that I am speaking English with much more confidence.
At week 6, it totally surpassed my expectations. It is condensed learning, but fun. I would highly recommend this 8-week Facebook course to anyone who wants to improve his or her pronunciation.
One of my biggest issues was I didn’t think my pronunciation can be improved. I thought people who started to study English late will always have a thick accent. But after I started to study pronunciation with Aiko, I realized that only things I was missing were right knowledge & practice!
I didn’t know the correct sounds of American vowels and consonants also how to pronounce them, so I was using Japanese vowels and consonants. Also, I was speaking English as the same way I speak Japanese which I didn’t move my mouth and no air usage, as well as chopping each sound. So people were having a hard time understanding my English.
Aiko is an expert. She is very knowledgeable about English, language and linguistics. Also, she came to American after she became an adult, so she understands our struggles, because she also went through it and had the same painful experiences; therefore, she knows Japanese weak points very well, and how to solve the problems. Also, she has excellent ears, and is able to tell when and how we did wrong pronunciation, and she can explain very well how to fix it.
I have learned pronunciation before, and I watched videos and I just mimicked native speakers’ pronunciation. I was guessing the sounds. Aiko teaches how to make the right sounds, also gives us examples of which are familiar sounds to Japanese.
Differences from other courses are 1) the course structure is very flexible with time and location. What I need is only my cell phone. Summer is the busiest time of the year for me, but I was still able to find the time to study. 2) We actually do Facebook live to show practice results, and we are given feedback. It is fun and it works as excellent accountability and I was able to notice what I did wrong from her feedback! I am also able to watch my class mate’s videos and feedback and able to learn from it. So many courses I signed up, but often I never finished it, but I have confidence that I am able to finish this course! J”

 

Subtitling Service

I also translate movies, dramas, and promotion videos in English into Japanese and subtitle them. My current clients are Warner Brothers, Fox, Sony, and Netflix. I have worked for Apple, UCLA, and Google.

If you are interested in my subtitling service, please contact me through the contact form. ->http://hatsuonkyosei.com/index.php/contact/