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From NZ (Haruna Nagasawa)


Hi! I’m Haruna Nagasawa in Central Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand. First, I’ll talk about my host family. My host family has six members, including me. I have two host mothers, an older host sister, a host aunt and a host grandmother. I live at home with my two host mothers, Kerri and Tammy, three big dogs and a cat. Sometimes my host sister, Devon, comes home. She is learning Japanese, so we help each other. I like studying with her. My host mothers are very kind. Tammy tells me words that I can’t understand when I study English and do my homework. She will go to Canada in about two weeks, so I’m very sad. Kerry tells me meaning of English words and helps me, too. And when I was worried about my friend, she listened to my feelings and my thought and gave me some advice. The advice helped me and I got to have fun in my school life. My host family is very kind and they treat me like a real family member. I also consider them like my family.
At my birthday party, my host grandmother, Nana, my host aunt, Aunty and Devon came home. Kerri made a strawberry cheesecake. It was so delicious. They gave me some presents. My friends gave me some presents at school, too. I was very glad. It was a memory I will never forget.
I could make many other memories in the two months I have been here. I’ll write about a sad memory and a happy memory. I want to end this essay with a happy memory, so I’ll write about the sad memory first. About one month ago, a storm came to New Zealand. My house’s internet access had been down for two days, so I couldn’t text my family and friends and watch movies on Netflix. And there was no running water one day and we couldn’t use drinking water for two weeks. When there was no running water, it was difficult to use the toilet. The life was like camping. I couldn’t go to school for about one week. It was very sad because we couldn’t meet friends and talk with them, but I could spend time in my house with my host family. I watched many movies with them on DVD and went to the supermarket with Kerri. I was surprised because there were no eggs, bread, nor frozen chicken. It was like masks when the coronavirus epidemic broke out. It was a difficult life, but I could have rare experiences here.
Finally, I’ll write about a happy memory. My school had Athletics Day. It was my first school event in New Zealand. There are four house colors: blue, yellow, red and green. My house color is blue. In Japan, we wear our sports uniform and a head band only. However, in New Zealand, many students wear clothes of the house color and paint their face or body. I painted my face and legs. I did discus and gumboot throw, and so on. These were difficult for me because they were new to me. However, I could talk with many students and I could be myself. Usually, I become shy and I can’t talk

the way I want to, but I could speak to many students by myself. It was very enjoyable a day!!
I can’t speak and understand English well yet, but I could make friends, so I believe in myself and I will continue to try many things!! I’d like my family to see my growth!!
I’ve written a lot , so thank you for reading to the end!!

こんにちは!私はセントラルハークスベイにいる長澤春奈です。はじめに私のホストファミリーについて話し ます。私のホストファミリーは私を含め 6 人です。2 人のホストマザー、ホストシスター、ホストアント(叔 母)とホストグランドマザーです。私は 2 人のホストマザーの Kerri と Tammy と 3 匹の犬と 1 匹の猫と 暮らしています。時々、ホストシスターの Devon が家に来ます。彼女は日本語を学んでいるのでお互い に助け合っています。私は彼女と勉強するのが好きです。ホストマザーたちはとても優しいです。Tammy は私が英語の勉強をしている時や宿題をしている時に私が理解できない単語について教えてくれます。彼 女はあと 2 週間くらいでカナダに行くのでとても悲しいです。Kerri も英単語の意味を教えてくれたり、手 助けしてくれたりします。そして私が友達について悩んでいる時に、私の気持ちや考えを聞いてくれ、アドバ イスをくれました。そのアドバイスのおかげで、私は学校生活を楽しく過ごせるようになりました。私のホストフ ァミリーはとても優しく、私を本当の家族のように接してくれます。また私も家族のように思っています。
私のバースデーパティーには、ホストグランドマザーの Nana、ホストアントの Aunty、そして Devon が 家に来てくれました。Kerri がいちごのチーズケーキを作ってくれました。それはとてつもなく美味しかったで す。私に誕生日プレゼントもくれました。また学校で友達もプレゼントをくれました。とても嬉しかったです。こ の思い出は一生忘れません。
私は約 2 ヶ月で他にもたくさんの思い出ができました。その中の悲しい思い出と楽しかった思い出につい て書きます。エッセイは嬉しい思い出で終わらせたいので、先に悲しい思い出について書きます。約 1 ヶ月 前に、ニュージーランドにハリケーンがやってきました。私の家のインターネットの接続は切れて、家族や友達 にメッセージを送ることや Netflix で映画を見ることができませんでした。そして一日水が出ず、2 週間飲 料水として使うことができませんでした。トイレをするのも大変でした。この生活はキャンプ生活みたいでし た。1 週間くらい学校も行けませんでした。友達と会えないし、しゃべれないのはとても悲しかったですが、ホ ストファミリーと家で時間を過ごすことができました。私は DVD でホストファミリーとたくさんの映画を見たり、 Kerri とスーパーに行ったりしました。スーバーには卵、パン、冷凍チキンがなく、とても驚きました。まるでコ ロナが流行した時のマスクのようでした。大変な生活でしたが、レアな体験ができました。
最後に、楽しかった思い出について話します。学校でアスレチックデーがありました。4 つのハウスカラー (青、黄色、赤、緑)があって、私のハウスカラーは青色です。日本で私たちは体操服を着て鉢巻をする だけですが、ニュージーランドではたくさんの生徒がハウスカラーの服を着たり、顔や体にペイントをしたりしま す。私は顔と足にペイントをしました。私は円盤投げと長靴投げをしました。私にとって初めてのことだったの で難しかったです。しかし、私はたくさんの子と話すことができ、自分らしくいられました。普段は、恥ずかしく て思い通りに話しかけられないですが、自分から話すことができました。とても楽しめた一日でした!!

私はまだうまく英語を話せませんし、理解できないこともありますが、友達もできました。だから自分を信 じていたくさんのことに挑戦します!家族へ 私の成長を楽しみにしていてください!!

From NZ (Miyu Nakashima)


Hello. I’m Miyu. I go to Cullinane College in Wanganui. About two months have passed since I came to New Zealand. I feel the time passes so quickly. I found a lot of differences between Japan and New Zealand. Also, I experienced many interesting things. All of them are new for me. Today, I’ll talk about some of my experience and memories.  
  First, I’ll talk about clubs. In the first term, I join volleyball, environmental, and Japanese clubs. Also, I play soccer outside of school. Actually, I didn’t intend to join the volleyball club at first. During the first week of school, a girl said something to me and I couldn’t understand what she said but I signed up on the paper and I joined it before I knew it. At first, I was worried about my volleyball skills and nervous because I played it only at class time in Japan and I don’t know the rules exactly. While I played the first game, I realized that I don’t need to be nervous because most of the players were the same level as me. They taught me volleyball rules and I enjoy playing it. I’ve learned that the club’s system is different from Japan. After volleyball games, I have a soccer game, so I am so busy every Wednesday. Before I came here, I was planning to join the football club at school, but football is a winter sport in New Zealand, so it’ll start in the second term. I was really surprised to learn that. During PE class, I saw some girls kick a ball, so I asked them where I can play football and they invited me to a soccer game on Wednesday nights. I was very happy because I made friends through football and I’ve learned that talking actively is important. Now we play five on five, so the court and goal are small. I can’t wait to play soccer with a big court and goal.  I am really looking forward to the second term starting. 
 Next, I’ll talk about my birthday. Near my birthday, my host family had to go to Australia, so I stayed at my teacher’s house for a week. On my birthday, she drove me and my friends to Palmerston North. My town is located in the countryside, so it doesn’t have a shopping mall and amusement facilities but it is abundant with nature. I think my town is similar to Fukui.  It takes an hour from my town to Palmerston North by car, so I think my town, Wanganui, is like Fukui and Palmerston North is like Kanazawa in Japan. In the morning, I went to a big shopping mall and bought the same hair band with my friends. After shopping, we went bowling and went to a trampoline facility. These places were so interesting and I had good memories on my birthday. After we came home, my teacher bought a video game that I recommended to her. I played many video games, including it, with her. In Japan, I played it every weekend, so I missed it. I was really happy that I could video games.  
  I still can’t speak English exactly as I want, but I’ll keep studying English and talking with my family and friends naturally. Also, I am grateful to my family who let me come here, as well as my teachers, friends and host family who always support me. Thank you for reading! 


まだ自分が思うように英語を話せないですが、英語の勉強を続けて友達や家族と自然に話せるようになりたいです。 また、ここに私を来させてくれた家族やいつも支えてくれているホストファミリー、友達、先生に感謝でいっぱいです。読んでくださりありがとうございました! 



There are many benefits to studying abroad.  These are mostly improving language skill, gaining confidence, broadening your horizons, learning about other cultures and making new friends.  Hearing about these benefits encouraged me to come to New Zealand to find out if they are true.

A challenge to overcome is the inability to communicate with someone in a foreign language.  At first, as I met people who have different cultural backgrounds and language to me, I was not able to talk with these people.  In the first couple of months after I came here, I focused on listening as I did not have the ability nor the confidence to communicate.  What was worse, I was scared of trying new things.  However, as the time went on, I’ve been gaining English knowledge and I’ve been able to talk to people more easily than before.  When I was in Japan, I didn’t know there were lots of things that I didn’t know nor had I ever thought about it.  So, the first moment I was able to talk with people in English more effortlessly, I was so happy and impressed.  I rarely saw foreigners in Japan except for my teachers at school, so it was unforgettable and also one of my motivations to keep myself going.  I tended to underestimate myself until that day, but after that I could gradually develop my confidence.  I realised that the only time you grow is when you are out of your comfort zone.  Once you grasp the difficulties you face, you get to overcome them more easily than before.

Language is a really important tool in order to communicate with people.  Each day I am saying to myself ‘I can speak one language (which is Japanese) fluently without even blinking. Wow, I’m so amazing!  How do I do that!?’  It is because as I learn English, I have come to want to speak English more fluently and understand what my friends are talking about in order to join in.  However, it didn’t go as well as I hoped even though I tried harder, and I understood that it was so challenging to master a second language.

Culture is an important part of understanding a language.  Even if you master a language, you can’t truly understand your friends because the language is created based on its culture.  For example, Japanese culture is more collectivism than individualism.  Wearing the same uniforms, we are quite happy being part of a group.  On the other hand, New Zealand culture is respecting their own opinion.  People have no fear to be unique and different to other people and cherish their own individuality.  As you can see, there are obvious differences between Japan and New Zealand.  I experienced another example of the importance of understanding a cultural difference when I was sitting in class in my New Zealand school. The students were not afraid of putting their hands up and questioning the teacher’s explanation of the lesson nor did they hesitate to speak their opinion respectfully.  This was what I needed to take onboard.  Otherwise, the teacher would not know what I am struggling with.

There are many more benefits to studying abroad than I have discussed in this essay.  Gaining many benefits of studying abroad depends on you and what you are interested in.  In my case, the biggest benefit was communication with new people because I had been longing to talk with people from different cultures, since I had always lived in such a small world before.

Thank you for reading my essay.  I hope I have been successful in offering some ideas of what studying abroad is like and encouraging people who are interested in studying abroad.













Hi, guys!  What’s up!  I’m Mitsuki and I go to Central Hawks Bay College. 

My classmates, including me, have been working on a research project in New Zealand.  We are supposed to decide our own individual theme and do some research.  Then we are going to make a presentation after we go back to Japan.  Today I’m going to tell you a part of my research project, which is about New Zealand English.

One of the subtopics of my research project is about words.  When I was learning English in Japan, many of my teachers spoke to us in American English.  However, people in New Zealand speak New Zealand English and there are many unique words used here.  Below is the list of the words that I often hear in New Zealand.  I wonder how many words you understand.

  ・Kiwi(s) – New Zealander(s), Kiwi bird(s) or Kiwi fruit(s)

 ・togs – swim wear

 ・Chur – Thank you

 ・jandals – sandals

 ・tea – dinner

 ・gum boots – rubber boots

Not only do I often hear these words, but also I do use them when I talk with kiwis.  When I heard “jandals” for the first time, I was able to guess that the word meant “sandals.”  However, I wondered why they used “jandals” instead of “sandals.”  Now I think it is like how I use Fukui dialect when I talk to my family and friends.  For instance, people in Fukui say “kazenetsu” instead of saying “kounaien” for cold sores.  “Jandals” is the way Kiwis refer to sandals in New Zealand.  Some of the words above, such as “Chur” and “tea,” are also used in the U.K. 

Next, I’m going to teach you some other Kiwi words which I learned by doing my research.

・Barbie – BBQ 

・bach – vacation home 

・munted – broken 

・stocked – happy 

・smoko – brake time 

There are lots of shortened words such as Barbie in New Zealand.  “Bickie” is another example and it means “biscuit.”  Some of the words listed above are also used in Britain and Australia as well.   However, “munted” is used only in New Zealand, so only New Zealanders or people who have learned New Zealand English can understand this word. 

When I started living here, I couldn’t understand what other people were talking about at all.  However, now I enjoy talking with my friends.  I am so stocked to go to Central Hawke’s Bay College with my lovely friends. 

I hope you’ve learned something new in my essay.  When I make a speech of my research project, I’m going to talk more about New Zealand English, such as the history of New Zealand English and its accent. 

Thank you for reading.










・gum boots-ゴム長靴





・munted - 壊れた

・stocked - 幸せな

・smoko - 休み時間








Hi guys!  How have you been?  It’s Riko from Te Kuiti High School in New Zealand.  It has already been over nine months since I came here and I can’t believe I’ll be in Japan in a few weeks.  As you know, Coronavirus is going around this year and because of that, many events such as the school ball, were canceled, which is too bad.  However, Covid-19 in NZ is almost gone and we haven’t even worn masks.  So I guess I’ll feel weird after I go back to Japan.  Haha! Anyway, I’d like to share what I’ve learned through my experience of studying abroad here.

For the last nine months, I have had many more challenges than I had expected and cried a lot.  Also I was always frustrated because I couldn’t speak English as well as I wanted.  I tried lots of things to improve my English and myself even though they were difficult or new.  I thought if I did something difficult and overcame it, I would be able to improve myself and my English skills, and enjoy my time.  Of course it’s good to try things but it’s not always the right idea.  In my case, it just put a lot of pressure on me.  Then I realized the most important thing for me was to have fun.  If I can enjoy my time, I won’t get that disappointed even though it was something hard.  Now that I realized that simple but important idea, I can enjoy learning new culture and English.

Since I started to try to enjoy my time in NZ, I think I’ve been able to spend my time in a better way.  But the reason why I have been able to enjoy my life here so much wasn’t just because of my effort.  Many people around me have been supporting me all the time and especially my host family gives me chances to have fun as well.  During the lockdown, they tried to help me find new hobbies and we did jigsaw puzzles, baked, and watched movies.  Thanks to them, I enjoyed the lockdown and have come to like watching movies.  Though I rarely watched movies in Japan, I’ve watched more than 120 movies in NZ so far! 

 It might have taken a longer time for me to get used to NZ life than my classmates.  To be honest, I got down every time I read their essays on this website because they seemed to be enjoying their life in NZ while I wasn’t.  But I know those hard times and experiences have made my life today great.  I have overcome a lot of problems and difficulties by myself and one of them is animals!  I’m sure everybody will be surprised to look at the photo below.  I used to hate animals but not anymore.  Can you believe that I touch them every day and I’ve been for a walk with them!?

Finally, I am just grateful to have many people who have supported me.  I really appreciate the fact that they gave me such a precious opportunity to study in NZ.  I can say with confidence that this experience of my studying abroad was the hardest but the best period in my life.  I’ll absolutely miss every single moment I’ve spent in NZ after I go back to Japan.  I want to enjoy the rest of my time in NZ as well and get along with animals more and more!  Haha!

Take care and see you all soon!  Thank you for reading till the end.

Lots of love,

Riko Kinoshita