In this post we are going to highlight and profile one of our new members, her name is Hiroko Suzuki. We mentioned here ago in one of our earlier post but here were going to try to go little more deeper about who Hiroko is. Hiroko has a very fascinating history. She has came to us all the way from Japan. She has traveled around the world and it has brought her here to us in the San Francisco area. Right now Roko is attending local university. But she has to improve her English skills so that she can go on and get her Masters degree in engineering. So for the time being she is studying English every day for 6 to 8 hours. When Hiroko first came to us she told us that she was slightly burnt out from studying so much and that she wanted to have some time where she didn’t have to think about school or studying. When she was young and in high school and college she was a member of the Japanese orchestra. So she already had quite a lot of experience. The problem was that the orchestra sung in Japanese and not in English. When she came to the auditions we were blown away at the talent she had in her voice. So we decided that we would take her on as a project to see if we could use her voice and in turn we could help her with her English and perhaps her English pronunciation as well. Hiroko herself did not realize that by singing with us she was in fact studying English. Because by singing you can improve your pronunciation and intonation greatly. So in a lucky twist she gets to relax and do something she loves and at the same time work at her various goals.
Back home she runs an English school with her husband. Her husband was actually from California. Here is they’re English school website. She is studying for a test called the TOEIC test. This is a international standardized English test. To enter the Masters program at our university she needs to get 800 points on this test. She’s using a number of textbooks to do this. She also uses various online English courses. She’s very diligent in her studies. But she says she must be because the test is so difficult. When I asked to see an example of the test she showed me and sample test on a website. I tried to answer as many questions as I could. Believe it or not I got a couple of the questions wrong. Grammar was never my strong suit in school. If you’d like to try yourself check out this free test that I found online.
She not only sings classical music with us but also occasionally she will sing jazz. She’s been known to frequent some of the local jazz clubs and can be seen sitting atop a piano singing her heart out in the like of Ella Fitzgerald. And to be honest she sometimes sounds very similar to the greatness Fitzgerald although their appearances could not be any more different. Here’s hoping that she will be with us for a long time and we all wish her the best in her studies and we know that she will get the score that she’s trying to in the standardized test. We also know that she will move on to get her Masters degree and make everybody proud. Good luck.