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My school life in New Zealand

Hello everyone! How are you? I'm a bit sad because I have to go back to Japan soon. To tell the truth, I don't want to go home actually. I want to live here! haha ( I'm sorry to my family and friends...) Just because I've got lots of friends and extremely perfect host family.

It was term three July to September and that was the busiest term because we had los of events in term three. I was so busy but I had lots of fun!

We had the school ball in term three. Do you know what that is? It is like a dance party to say simply. In our school, year 11 to year 13 can go to the school ball and dance! Some students went there with their friends, other students went with their boyfriend/ girlfriend. We can wear anything except PJ, mufti or something like that. My friend Anastasia went to the school ball with my host brother who is her boyfriend. She wore a Japanese kimono and she looked beautiful!! I went with Yui and I wore a black dress which has white dots on it. It was a cute dress but I've been fat so.... :-( Anyway, I danced with my friends. I actually could not dance well because in Japan we don't have many parties and we don't dance very much. So I didn't know how to dance but now, I can dance a bit. But it is broken dance, you know what I mean? I think it is one of the difficult things when you go to New Zealand. So you should practice before you go! hahaha

Our school has cabaret sometimes which is like a small show where students play instruments, sing and perform drama. I had joined on three times. The first cabaret was called "French cabaret". Yui, my friends and I took part in fashion show and we wore the dresses which we wore at the school ball. I have never done a fashion show before so I did not know how to walk beautifully. (I'm not sure that I can do that now...haha) we practiced everyday at lunch time. The teacher who thought us how to walk said to us" you should have confidence!" but I did not have confidence because I was not sure how I looked to the audience. (...and the other girls were cuter than me! OMG! haha) On the day, I tried to walk slowly and beautifully. I did it and it was over so I don't mind! :-) hahaha

The second cabaret was for year12. I'm sorry I don't know what it was called. A year12 girl invited me and Catherine to play the violin on the stage. We played "Nocturn". It was composed by Chopin. You should check it out on Youetube if you don't know that. It's really beautiful. We had practiced for about five weeks every Friday at lunch time. I can't read music and neither can Catherine so we had to remember all notes by ear and fingers. It took a bit long time because she also composed harmonies which she is good at. One day she trying to teach me how to make harmonies, but couldn't do that well. I respect her a lot! :) haha we talked about what we wear and she tolled me she has heaps of dresses. She loaned one of them to me! It was a long, light blue dress which looked sooooo beautiful. I asked her "Where did you get it from?" and she answered "I made it!" What!? It just looked like an expensive dress. I thought she has got abilities in music and sewing then. What a wonderful girl she is! :O Anyway, we performed successfully with no mistakes and the audience gave us much applause. I was so happy because I could wear a beautiful dress, I could play with Catharine and finally our efforts were paying off. That was really good!

The third cabaret was sooo good. It was also my last cabaret in NZ. I played the violin twice in the cabaret. First, I played two pieces of Gypsy music with Catherine and Ben wearing Gypsy clothes! :-) I made some mistakes because we started practicing only one week before the cabaret. I didn't have enough time to practice! (Is that an excuse? Haha)But is over, I don't mind!! Then I ran to the bathroom to change the dress. When I got backstage, a man had already introduced us, "instrument club". I had to get on the stage first but I forgot to take my music. So I ran and grabbed it and ran back on the stage! I dropped my violin shoulder pad while I was running. OMG! I wanted to put it back before I got on the stage but I didn't have time. So I was putting it back on while I was walking on stage. Oh, wait! I nearly fell over on the stage stairs because I was wearing a long dress and my hands were full so... What a shame! :D I had one more accident that is my contact lenses were dry! So I couldn't see the music. (What a hell!!) But fortunately my fingers remembered all the notes. That was my last cabaret! HahaI will never forget it. :-) I thought I have changed a little bit compared with when I was in Japan, because when I was in Japan if I made some mistakes I would feel bad for a whole day. But now I don't mind very much. I'm gust proud I did my best and I played with my friends! :)

Hey, listen! I got merit on a biology exam. Yee-haw!:D That exam was about genetics. I lealned it last year at Jinai and I'm good at that! Haha But to tell the truth, I forgot most of the genetics. (What a hell!) So I studied it again but it was more difficult in English. It was so hard because I needed to understand all the questions and answer them in English. Some questions needed the answer to be explained such as "How it become?" something like that. When I came here, I didn't know how to answer. I knew the answer but I just couldn't write the explanation because I'm not good at English. It also affected my confidence. I can now answer those questions better than when I came here. I wrote a funny answer. My friend Kane told me that I made up a new word. haha :) when our science teacher returned exam papers to us, I realized I had received a merit and I said "Oh, I got merit!". Then kane said "Show me, yumi" and I passed my exam paper to him. He laughed and he said to me" You've got a funny answer! It's not a word. You made up a new word!" and he took his pen and wrote "not a word" above my funny answer. I don't know why I wrote "perpotence". What is that? Where did it come from!? How funny! :D When I came home I told my host parents I got merit instantly. I also called my mum. On that night, the dessert was a chocolate cake! Yay!!

Matthew is my best friends and he is interested in Japan. He is also enthusiastic about studying Japanese. One day, he told me he sometimes studies Japanese for five hours. Do you study English for five hours? Studying other language is really hard, eh? His method of study is like this. He asks me my favorite Japanese songs and he downloads them into his ipod. Then he listens to them and writes the words of songs in Japanese. Finally, he shows me them. They are mostly correct every time. He teaches me English pronunciation. One day he told me my "L" pronunciation was weird. So I asked him how I can practice that. He told me "La la la la la" like singing. But it's still difficult for me _ Well... you will know what I mean when you go to NZ! :D

The other day I went to beach with him and his family. That was so much fun! I was sitting next to him on the beach and he made a small pile of sand on my head. I didn't notice at first but when he patted it down, my face and head were so sandy. He said to me "Hi dirty girl!" I did the same thing to him and I said to him "Hi dirty boy!" We laughed. Anyway, we went home with sandy heads. When I took a shower, the sand was every where in the shower room... haha...

How does my school life sound like? Some students who are not good at English (like me) might be in your class. But don't worry! You will have a good time in NZ because I'm having a good time! In fact my English exam score was not good when I was in Japan and I couldn't write sentences like these until recently. I also still there are many words don't know. But I started writing diary and my writing skill consistently improves. The first time I only wrote one third of a page. But now, I can write five or six pages or more if I want to. Everyday is not a good day. Sometimes I'm really depressed and lose my confidence but this is life! haha I'm pretty sure you guys will be able to grow up a lot next year like I have grown up! haha!

私たちの学校には楽器を演奏したり、歌を歌ったり、演劇のパフォーマンスをしたりするちょっとしたショーをするようなキャバレーがときどき開催されます。私は3回参加しました。最初のキャバレーは「フレンチ キャバレー」と呼ばれていました。私は、唯衣と私の友だちと一緒にファッションショーに参加して、スクールボールの時に着たドレスを着ました。私は今まで一度もファッションショーをしたことがなかったので、美しい歩き方が分かりませんでした。(今もできるかどうか自信がありません。ハハ...)私たちはランチタイムに毎日練習しました。歩き方を教えてくれた先生には、「自信を持ちなさい!」と言われました。しかし、どんな風に観客の目に映るかわからなかったので、自信を持てませんでした。(そして、他の女の子たちは私よりもかわいい!オー、マイ、ガー!ハハ...)。その日、私はゆっくりと美しく歩くように心がけました。私はやり遂げて、終ったことなので気にしません。ハハハ...
2回目のキャバレーは12学年のものでした。ごめんなさい、キャバレーの何と呼ばれていたか知りません。12学年のある女の子が私とキャサリンをステージでヴァイオリンを弾くように誘ってくれました。私たちはショパンが作曲した「ノクターン」を演奏しました。もし知らなければ「You Tube」でチェックして下さい。本当に美しい曲です。私たちは約5週間、毎週金曜日のランチタイムに練習しました。私は楽譜を読めないし、キャサリンも読めないので、私たちは耳と指で音符を覚えなければなりませんでした。彼女は得意なハーモニーの組み立てもしたので、ちょっと時間がかかりました。ある日、彼女が私にハーモニーの作り方を教えようとしてくれましたが、私にはうまくできませんでした。私は彼女をすごく尊敬します。ハハ...。私たちは着ていく服の相談をし、彼女はドレスがたくさんあると私に教えてくれました。そのうちの一つを私に貸してくれました!とても長くて、と〜ってもきれいなライトブルーのドレスでした。私は彼女にそのドレスをどこで手に入れたのか聞くと、彼女は「自分で作った」と答えました。えっ、とても高そうなドレスに見えるのに!?彼女は音楽と裁縫の才能を持っているんだと思いました。なんてワンダフルな女の子なんでしょう!とにかく、私たちはミスなくパフォーマンスを成功させることができ、観客からたくさんの拍手をもらいました。私はきれいなドレスを着ることができたので、とても幸せでした。私はキャサリンと演奏することができ、ついに私たちの努力は報われました。本当に素敵なことです。
 マシュウは私のベストフレンドで日本に興味があります。また日本語の勉強に熱中しています。ある日、彼はときどき日本語を5時間勉強していると言いました。あなたは英語を5時間勉強しますか?他の言語を勉強するのは本当に大変です、そうですよね?彼はこんな風に勉強しています。彼は私の好きな歌を聞いて、iPodにダウンロードします。それを聞きながら歌詞を日本語で書きます。最後に、それを私に見せます。それらはいつもほとんど正確です。彼は私に英語の発音を教えてくれます。ある日彼は私の「L」の発音が変だと教えてくれました。それで、彼にどうやって練習したらいいのか尋ねました。彼は、歌うように「La la la la la」を教えてくれました。しかし、それは今でも私にとっては難しいです。(たぶん、みなさんがニュージーランドに行ったとき、私の言っていることの意味が分かると思います)。_別の日に、私は彼と彼の家族とビーチに行きました。とても愉快でした。私はビーチで彼の隣に座ったとき、彼は私の頭の上に小さな砂山をつくりました。私は最初気づかなかったけれど、彼がそれをたたいて落としたとき、私の顔と頭は砂だらけになりました。彼は私に「やぁ、きたない少女」と言いました。私は彼に同じことをし、「やぁ、きたない少年」と言いました。私たちは笑いました。結局、私たちは砂だらけの頭で家に帰りました。シャワーを浴びたとき、シャワールームが砂だらけになりました。ハハ...。



Hello everyone. How are you? This is Yuka. I have already spent 7 months in New Zealand. Time flies, doesn't it?

I'm living in Napier. It's by the ocean and beautiful city. In summer, Napier is really hot and many people gather on the ocean beach. Napier is also famous for buildings called "Art Deco". Art Deco are European style which were built in the 1930s.In 1931, a big earthquake happened in Napier. Many buildings collapsed in the earthquake. After that, most of the buildings were rebuilt in the Art Deco style. Nowadays these buildings are famous all over the world. A lot of tourists visit Napier. Even the McDonald's building was built in the Art Deco style and it is so beautiful!:)

I go to Napier Girls' High School. NGHS is on a hilltop in the centre of town. The view from school is awesome! We can see both the city view and the ocean. NGHS was founded 126 years ago. Last year NGHS had a celebration for their 125th anniversary. All the students formed a pattern which read "125."

There are about 900 students, from Year 9 to Year 13. I go to school as Year 11.
NGHS has many International students. There are 17 students including me. Many of them are interested in Japan so I talk about Japan and teach Japanese during morning tea and lunchtime. On Friday at lunchtime, there are Korean and Chinese lessons from my friends too.

NGHS has a time called "Form time" after the 2nd period. During that time we have Assembly, singing and so on. All students gather in the hall and sing all together. I like singing so I'm looking forward to Form time.

I'm taking singing lessons every Tuesday. It is difficult to sing in English and remember the songs, but I'm enjoying the class. I'm also a member of the school choir. In June, there was a big competition and I spent a lovely time there.

Of course, classes are really nice. My favorite class is Japanese. I'm taking the Japanese class as Year 13. In the Yr 13 Japanese class there are only 2 people including me. So it's a joint class with Yr 12 but still there are just 6 people. Everyone always studies hard. They ask me and my teacher lots of questions. For example "Is 'budou' written in hiragana or katakana?" "What does 'sakuban' mean in English?" "What's that kanji?" It takes me long to answer these questions. Sometimes I correct the Japanese teacher's Japanese. Also I often translate a long passage or sentence in the Japanese textbooks into English when the students don't understand. By the way, in this class we use "pasta." What for? In the Japanese class, they have a jar for each grade. And when a student speaks Japanese, the teacher puts 1 pasta into the jar. When the jar become full of pasta, we can get muffins! Everyone speaks Japanese everyday for pasta and says "Pasta! Pasta! Please, Ms!" I've been taking the Japanese class for quite a long time but the jar hasn't filled yet. When can we get muffins?

Next, I'd like to talk about my host family. In my host family, there are 3 people. Host mother, host brother and host sister. They live in harmony with each other. My host mother is really good at cooking. I love her food very much. When I was in Japan, I had so many likes and dislikes in food but now I eat all of her food. I like her pumpkin soup especially. My host brother started playing basketball lately. He is reliable, funny and a good boy. I often play with my host sister. We are doing Origami, writing and make different hairstyles. Sometimes I help her with homework. On the weekend, we make cake or help to make dinner. They are really cheerful so I have no time to become bored in this house. I'm really happy living with this family!

Dear my juniors. I suppose you are so busy with your studying. But all your work is useful for your New Zealand life. If you get over your suffering, wonderful experiences are waiting for you in New Zealand!!
The time I have left in New Zealand is less than 2 months. I want to have more experiences in New Zealand and then go back to Japan. See you later!

Yuka Sakaiya

NGHSには2時間目のあとに「Form time」と言われる時間があります。その時間の間に集会があり、歌を歌ったりします。すべての生徒がホールに集まり、全員一緒に歌を歌います。私は歌が好きなので、「Form time」を楽しみにしています。
境谷 優花



Kia ora, everyone!! How's it going? I'm really fine. I spend really nice days in New Zealand. I go to Otamatea High School in Maungaturoto. O.H.S is a very small school. About 500 people, from year 7 to year 13 students study together. When I came here, one thing surprised me. Next to the school ground and in front of school, there are farm!! I always see cows and sheep. Sometimes sheep are crossing the road and cars are waiting for them. It's not a joke! I say it seriously!!! Maungaturoto is really rural. People here are in an expansive mood and we don't need to hurry like in Japan. I like it very much. I can do anything I want. Recently I've started to do cross stich and play the piano. It is quit fun!!

I met and became friends with nice people. First of all, my host family is very nice. I'm always smiling when I talk and spend time with them. They like to talk and they are interested in Japan so I explain about Japan. Also I learn about New Zealand from them. I can know the difference between Japan and New Zealand from them. It's really interesting. Also they take me to a lot of places and this house has a farm so I can look after animals. They have 8 chickens and 10 cows. I can eat fresh eggs everyday.:D I'm so happy to meet them. Second, my friends are nice, too. I made a lot of kiwi friends. I always hang out with three friends. They are very nice and interesting but sometimes crazy, though. No, just kidding, haha I want to be a friend with them forever and I can spend nice days thanks to them.

School system is really different from Japan. I can choose whatever classes I want to learn. I take English, math, science, geography, history, ESOL, and fashion. All classes are interesting. However history is really difficult. I always feel that I need to study English more. My favorite subject is geography. I learn mostly about New Zealand but last unit was about Asia. I knew about Asia more than the teacher so I'm proud of it. haha While I study here, I can know how people in other countries see Japan and what a big influence Japan has. It is the most interesting point, I think.

In the last term, Kana, who is my partner, and I worked as interpreters just one day. Do you know Kauri tree? It's famous as New Zealand native tree. Tane mahuta, tallest kauri tree, and jyoumon sugi (縄文杉),the plant in Yakusima Japan, are sister trees. My city has a kauri museum. Tourists from Yakushima came there to conclude sister tree treaty. When people from Yakushima visited museum, we interpreted between the guide and them. When I heard about this work, I thought I would be able to do it because I didn't have confidence in my English. However I could be an interpreter! It made me happy and I have confidence now but also I feel I need more vocabulary to tell more correctly. I think I want to study English more. This experience was very valuable for me. I'm going to go to a primary school to tell about Japan this term. I want to realize some new things there and I hope students will be interested in Japan by my speech.

I've had a lot of experiences during my stay here. I can feel a lot of things which I can't feel in Japan. I can do these things thanks to my parents. I have 4 months left.I want to enjoy the rest of my life in New Zealand.

Take care!!?
best wishes, Maiko Doseki
こんにちは、みなさん!!いかがですか?私はすこぶる元気です。ニュージーランドで本当に素敵な毎日を過ごしています。わたしはマウンガツロト(Maungaturoto)にあるオタマテアハイスクール(Otamatea High School)に通っています。オタマテアハイスクールはとても小さな学校です。500人ほどで、7学年から13学年までの生徒たちが一緒に勉強しています。私がここに来たとき、あることにビックリしました。学校のグラウンドの横と学校の前が牧場なのです!ときどき羊が道路を横切るとき自動車がそれを待っています。ジョークではありません。真剣な話です。Maungaturotoは本当に田舎の地域です。ここは広々とした雰囲気で、日本のように急ぐ必要はありません。私はそれがとても大好きです。やろうと思うことは何でもできます。最近、私はクロスステッチをとピアノを始めました。とても面白いです。



Hello ! My name is Yui Sakai. I have been staying in New Zealand for about 5 months and I attend Pompallier Catholic College in Whangarei.
My school is really big! It has many classrooms and quite big fields. The teachers and students are very nice. When I ask some questions, they answer in a way that is easy for me to understand.It's really good help for me and they are really nice people. Every Wednesday we have an assembly.We listen to teachers stories, practice songs and so on. Sometimes we have religious events.Our school in Japan is Buddhist so it's quite interesting to join Catholic events. But, I don't know what to do during that time, so it makes me confused. Anyway, it's a nice experience to do something different. At lunch time I sometimes go to the canteen. They sell many kinds of food and drinks. They are very yummy and cheap! In the summertime it's really hot and dry! Now it's winter so it's cold, windy and rainy. We need warm clothes!
My host family is very nice. They are very kind and they talk a lot to me! This is the best point for me. I can talk about myself and they can talk about themselves. If I make a mistake they never laugh. They teach me gently. They know I came New Zealand to study English, so they say" don't be afraid to make a mistake. We are not perfect either. Don't stop talking and say it loudly!" They will understand and answer us! If you use gestures it's going to be better. It's difficult to explain things in English, but it's really nice practice for us and we can have more fun times together!!!
I think grammer is important, too. If you can write a diary in English everyday, it will be very nice! It doesn't have to be really long. Just write what you did and how you felt, like that. It's not so difficult. The most important thing is to keep doing and keep trying! I think it's the best thing.

こんにちは!私の名前は酒井唯衣です。ニュージーランドに5ヶ月ほど滞在し、Whangarei (ファンガレイ)にあるPompallier Catholic College(ポンパリエ カソリック カレッジ)に通っています。



Hello everyone! I'm Sayaka Takezawa. I go to Dargaville High School. It has been about four months since I came here. I'm getting used to life in New Zealand now. I miss my family, my Japanese friends, Japanese TV programs and Chinese noodles!!! lol
To begin with, I'll tell you about my school life. I have six classes; Japanese, Maths, Hospitality, ESOL, Art and free study time. In Hospitality class, we mainly do cooking and at ESOL class, it is learning English for exchange students. I like ESOL class the best, because I can talk to other exchange students about many things. Everyone is very kind to me and everyone has different characters.
At break time, I usually stay with a Taiwanese girl and a Colombian girl. They are lovely girls and very kind to me!! When I couldn't communicate well with my host family or when I need someone's help, they always help me. I am thankful for their kindness everyday. The Taiwanese girl's name is Anthy. She has a very cheerful disposition. One day, she said to me, "When you are talking to someone, you have to try to smile!" I noticed I couldn't communicate with anyone until then, because I didn't smile enough. I have tried to smile since then. Now, I can talk to some people more and more because of it. Anthy is interested in Japan, so we talk about Japan sometimes.
The Colombian girl's name is Juanita. She is a funny character. She is very interesting and she is good at making some accessories to wear. They live very close to my house, so sometimes I go to their house after school. Now I like English, it's thanks to them. I respect them. Sometimes, I play card games with young Kiwi friends at lunch time.
Second, I'll talk about my host family. I have a host mum, two host brothers, two host sisters and a dog. The host brothers' names are David and Nathan. David is eighteen years old. He is not staying with us, but he often comes back to my home on the weekend. He is so funny. He knows some Japanese words like "Arigatou", "Kakkoii!", "Yanki-!" and things like
Nathan is thirteen years old. He is younger than me, but he is reliable!! The host sisters' names are Sarah and Lisa. Sarah is twenty years old. She is not staying with us either, but she often comes to my home as well. Lisa is fifteen years old. She and I are the same year in the school. They are very kind to me. I think they are just like real brothers and sisters!! My host mum is working at school. She has a cheerful disposition and she's always smiling! She always helps me when I need help. She and I often talk about dieting, lately! I like her smile. The other day, I became seventeen. So my host family made a cake for me and I got some presents from them! I was so glad. Now, I'm thinking they are a second family for me!
Dargaville is a small town. It hasn't got many shops, so I'm playing with some cows on the holidays! No,....Just kidding lol On the weekend, I'm usually talking a lot with my host family, helping with housework, playing Wii......etc Oh! I joined a netball team and a badminton club, so I've been going to some games lately. New Zealand's time is slow, so it's very comfortable for me.

Dear Juniors/
Hello! How's Eiryu? I couldn't keep up with class at this time last year lol I think studying is so hard, but don't give up! If you try to study hard, a wonderful life is waiting for you. I'm trying to study hard too!!

See you later.
From Sayaka




Hello, How are you? My name is Akari Taniguchi. I live in Waiuku in New Zealand now.

I'll talk about my life in New Zealand. It has been four months since I came to New Zealand. I think time has passed very fast. I go to Waiuku College every day. At first, I was shocked at the school in New Zealand, because the school system is very different from the one of Jin-ai High School. It was hard to get used to school life for me. I felt it is difficult to make some friends. At first, I was too shy to speak with some students, so I had spent morning tea time and lunch time by myself at the beginning of February. I wanted to go back Japan. But now, I have some friends to spend lunch time with.
I take six classes. Out of the six classes I take two with my partner,Nami, So, we have some different friends each other. We eat lunch separately. We try to talk with each other in English in Japanese class. At first, I didn't like it, because I was embarrassed and it took a longer time than speaking in Japanese. But it's not good for us to speak Japanese. So, I try to talk with her in English sometimes.
I like NZ's system, because it's very easy. School starts at 8:45 a.m. and finishes at 3:15 p.m. everyday. We have only five periods. Especially, I have only four classes on every Wednesday. We have interval(morning tea time), lunch time and don't have cleaning time. We have to spend break time outside. So, I hate rainy days... Anyway, I'm getting used to school life in New Zealand.

I'll talk about my host family. There are four people in my host family. My host dad, my host mom, my host brother Jonty, and me. We have two dogs and three cats. They are really nice. My host mom is a very good cook. So, I eat a lot of food everyday. I'm getting fatter. I don't have a scale, so I don't know how much I am putting on, but I have more resistance and immunity to bacteria, so I'm more health than in Japan. It's very a good thing!!! I changed that point for my view. haha... I talk a lot with them everyday. I think it is very important for my English to get better. I talk with them about my family in Japan, Japanese culture and myself etc... I think my English has improved a little bit thanks to them. I like my host family very much.
I want to say "Thank you "to my parents in Japan, because it is a very valuable experience to study abroad. I don't want to waste my life in New Zealand, so I keep trying and don't give up. I have to make more friends. That is my target in Term2. I don't want to regret after going back Japan, so I'll try more and more. "Don't be shy" is very important to me.

Dear my new juniors,
Hello, How are you doing? Are you studying hard now?? I think you have to study hard this year. But, don't give up!!! Because a happy life is waiting for you in New Zealand. You may have too much free time. I don't study harder than Japan...(Just kidding!)Anyway, I'm going to study hard too! I'll do my best. So you do your best too! Please don't give up. I'm looking forward to meeting you in November. I think I will be able to speak English well when I go back Japan. Hopefully...?
from Akari

ホストファミリーについてお話します。私のホストファミリーは4人家族です。お父さんとお母さんとホストブラザーのJonty、そして私です。2匹のイヌと3匹のネコを飼っています。彼らは本当にナイスです。お母さんはとても料理が上手です。それで、毎日私はたくさん食べています。私は太ってきています。体重計がないのでどれだけ増えたかわかりませんが、細菌に対する抵抗力と免疫力がつき、日本にいたときよりもずっと健康です。それはとても良いことだと、(太ってきてきることに対する)自分の受け取り方を変えました。ははは... 私は毎日ホストとたくさん話をします。私の英語が上達するのにとても良いことだと思います。日本の家族のことや日本の文化、自分自身のことなどなど...ホストのお陰で自分の英語力が少し上達したように思います。私はホストファミリーがとても大好きです。



Hello everyone! How do you do?
This is Nami, Waiuku college student.
Having been here for three months, I have got used to life in New Zealand. I have a lot of things to tell you guys. So let me tell you step by step.

To begin with I will tell you about my host family.How are they? I absolutely have to say they are great because I am so happy here and so grateful to them. They understand me and why I am here so they let me have a lot of experiences and talk with me a lot. I love the time spent with them, especially weekends because we go to lots of places, see lots of new people and do lots of fun stuff. I have been horse riding, to see Taranaki(5 hours drive!), a balloon festival, family celebrations and lots of other things.So I look forward to each coming weekend every time and then each coming Monday as well because I can tell my friends how my weekend was.

Speaking of friends, I have a lot of kiwi friends at my school. They are awesome. Usually I hang out with a girl called Jane and several other friends in the group. They are so nice to me. That's why I love the time of morning tea and lunch so we can catch up. These days I can catch almost all of their conversation. I love chatting with them so much. I also have a kiwi friend called Jamie-lee. I spent a lot of fun times on weekends and holiday' with her, going shopping, ice skating and seeing a movie. In the Drama class, I have a lots of friends as well.

Speaking of school, I like Drama class the best of all six subjects, history, art, math, Japanese, ESOL and drama. Since it is so fun to make a drama and perform and it is also good English practice for me because we discuss a lot and remember a lot of lines. It is not in Japan, is it? I really enjoy it. And after school, I have sports clubs three days a week. I play soccer and badminton. It is my first experience to play soccer. The training is so hard but playing games is so fun. It is also good exercise for me as I have got a bit curvy! I'll be careful not to become like a balloon.

Finally, I will write what I do at home to improve my English. I started reading the English book, Harry Potter. Its thickness is about 5 cm! It is so thick, isn't it? Though I can't read it without searching a dictionary now, I want to be able to read it smoothly by the time I leave here. And also I am trying to search using an 'English to English dictionary'. I spend heaps of time with my host family, talking with them heaps, watching TV, cooking, exercising and being a family! And I also keep a diary in English and Japanese. That's why my host family said that my English has improved a lot!

In conclusion, I am enjoying life in NZ with my host family and kiwi friends. And I think talking with as many people as possible is the best way to improve my English. I am grateful to my parents for their support and giving me the opportunity to come to NZ. We have only seven months left. It is such a short time for me. So I have no time to waste! Just keep learning English and become a good English speaker!
Wait and see, guys!

Dear Juniors,
Every thing you are studying in Jin-ai must be helping your coming to NZ to study. Don't be lazy to study. Your big experience whether you get good things or not is up to your efforts in what you're doing now. However the most important thing is having dreams and thinking over what you want to do coming to NZ. I am making an effort to get closer to my dream now as well. Your turn is coming soon!

Best wishes from Nami




Hello everyone. How are you? I am Miho Naito. I go to Te Awamutu College. It has been almost 4 months since I arrived in New Zealand. I am getting used to New Zealand life and am having a great time here. I've never felt homesick in New Zealand because I'm tough lol! The truth is that my host family is nice. They are very kind to me. I don't want to go back to Japan!!! But I sometimes miss Japan and my family. I thank my parents now because I am having a nice time and am trying new things. It is a precious time for me.

Now, I will tell you about my days off from school. I go to SPCA with my host family. Do you know SPCA? It stands for "Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals". There are many poor cats and dogs. I clean the cat cages and give them some food there. It was so hard at first because there were too many cats and it was not easy to clean their cages. It made me tired. But those animals didn't choose to be there. I think there are some reasons, for example their masters couldn't take care of them. So I do it now. I don't want to stop doing it because the cats are so cute. I hope to become an aid with the cats with the SPCA staff.
One day my host sister, Courtney bought a SPCA cat. The cat is a boy and has black fur. His name is Macavity. When he came to my house, he ran all around my house. Then Courtney said, ''He never ran in SPCA''. SPCA's cages are not big and the cats don't have enough space to run. I wish the cats in SPCA could run. I hope that all the cats will be happy.

Dear Eiryu 1nensei
Welcome to Eiryu. How are you? Eiryu is a very good course. Please enjoy talking English with John, David and Natasha. New Zealand is a lot of fun. Do everything you can do now. Don't miss out an opportunity. Don't be too scared to try new things and keep practicing English:) I'm very looking forward to meeting you guys. Thank you for reading. I'll see you soon.
From Miho

皆さん、こんにちは!初めまして。内藤美穂です。私はTe Awamutu College(テ アワムツ カレッジ)に通っています。私がニュージーランドに着てからもう4ヶ月が経ちました。だんだんニュージーランドの生活にも慣れつつあり、充実した時間を過ごしています。私はニュージーランドで一度もホームシックになっていません、なぜなら私はタフだからですlol!本当は私のホストファミリーがとてもナイスだからです。彼らは私にとても親切です。私は日本に帰りたくない!!!しかし、ときどき日本や家族を恋しく思います。私は今、私の両親にとても感謝しています。それは、充実した時間を過ごしたり、新しいことにトライしたりすることができているからです。それは、私にとってとても貴重な時間です。
From 美穂