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Hello, this is Moka from Waipukurau, Central Hawke’s Bay.  It has already been four months since I came here.  I’m living with my host family, Kerri and Tammy and Devyn.  Kerri is good at cooking and I love her cooking.  Tammy is a police officer and I often watch TV with her.  Devyn is a very bright girl and I teach her Japanese.  We have three dogs, Ziya, Brun and Wolf and one cat, Pumba.  They are lovely and they make us laugh.

At school, I take drama, maths, hospitality, ESOL, geography and PE.  I like PE the best because we can play whatever sports we want.  I’m also involved in stage challenge now, which is great fun for me.  My job is to put makeup on heaps of dancers, so it’s not easy.  I’ve experienced many things that I had never done before.

I have been enjoying my NZ life very much, but I’ve often had a sad and hard time because of not understanding the language and how I am supposed to act.  At first, when I asked questions to my friends and classmates, they could not understand me.  I knew that would happen.  However, I felt sad because I was best at English in all the subjects when I was in Japan. The more often that happened, the less confident I became.  When my kiwi friends were talking to each other, I, of course, wanted to join them, but I could say nothing.  I just smiled, pretending as if I understood what they were talking about.  One day, when I was introduced to some students by a girl who is in my drama class, I was very frustrated because she said I was a quiet girl.  I know the reason of these sad experiences.  It was because I was not brave enough.  I know who caused those sad situations.  That’s me.  I looked back what I’d done and found something.  It was I who caused these situations, but I was definitely bitterly disappointed.  Why?  It’s because I knew what to do, but I couldn’t.

I suddenly remembered a saying which was said by Emma Watson, who I love and respect the best in the world.  That is “I am inviting you to step forward to be seen and to ask yourself, if not me, who?  If not now, when?”  This encourages me to be brave and step forward.  I think I was stupid and made mistakes.  However, I don’t think I wasted time.  It’s because I’ve learned what to do from now on thanks to those experiences.

Term 2 started on 1st of May.  I’ve become used to my life here, listening to English and speaking English.  I talk more than I did in Term 1.  As I talk with my friends, they talk with me as their friend.  I try to listen to them and they try to listen to me.  When I ask questions, they absolutely answer me.  I was afraid of what they would think of my English, but no one makes fun of my English when I try hard.  That’s what I have wanted to do.  Now I know what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.  Making mistakes and regretting is not very bad if we make them into a process of making things successful.  I keep trying and I’ll enjoy my rest of  time here.

Thanks for reading

Big love
Moka Morida