Hello. Gradually, I'm getting used to spending life here. I occasionally feel my English ability improves. This week was quite good. I did many things. From Monday to Thursday, I went to Nunawading, and I took classes. The subjects I take are English, Math, Science, Society, Food, The Bible, P.E., History, and Art. Each subject is interesting, I'm enjoying them. I thought math and science aren't so difficult because they don't need English. But English, History and Society are difficult to understand. English is difficult particularly because I 'm not good at Japanese in Japan, but it is its English version!
On Friday, I went to the city of Melbourne with the coordinator of Nunawading. It was a lot of fun! We saw many buildings, famous church, river, nice scenes. On Saturday, I went to the church in the morning, and went to the farm which is about one hour from my host family's house in the afternoon. There were many animals such as kangaroos and sheep. On Sunday, I did a marine sport. I did many kinds of water skiing. It was so fun! This weekend, I saw lots of nature.
I have added three pictures. The first and second ones I took when I went to the city. The picture shows me in front of the church. The third picture my host family took when I was water skiing.
Hello! Mr.Kamakura. I choose English Second Language, Math Core, Science Core, Design Technology and Photography. I learned biology in Science Core class, for example DNA and RNA. I have already learned these in Japan. But I don't like biology. Design Technology is interesting. It's like Gijutsu. I'm going to make wood pencil case.I use Google SketchUp in Design Technology class. It's a 3DCG software.
I went to Melbourne city with T. and his host mother last Friday. We went to Eureka Tower. It's the tallest building in Melbourne. Then we ate Japanese food Teppanyaki with him, her and the illegal driver in chine town. Today, I went shopping with him.
Dear Mr. Kamakura
How are you? I have been fine since I arrived here. The school started on Monday. Although I was nervous on the first day, I have got used to the school now. At school, I am taking English, math, photography, design & technology, music and Japanese. I like my school because there are some subjects which Meiho doesn't have (such as photography and design & technology). Understanding what teachers saying is difficult! Having heard that math class is much easier than in Japan, I took math advance class. Pointing to the formulas, our math teacher often says "Why is that true?". It seems that math teachers in Australia regard the proof as important, compared with math class in Japan, the proof are thought as important as math teachers in Japan think or much more. I think it is very good for students. Although I don't know whether I can call "friend" or not, I made a friend in math class. He is kind to me.
I went to Mom's parents' house. They have a big pool! I went there twice in this week. It was a lot of fun! Today Dad made sushi for us. It was yummy! I'm going to take it to school for lunch.
Sincerely, from S.N.
Dear, Mr. Kamakura.
I'm sorry that I'm late to send the mail. My home stay started in January 29th. I'm still nervous, but my host family is very kind, so I came not to feel nervous. I went to SHARK & RAY CENTER to see sharks. My host sisters and I gave food to them with sticks. It was very very fun!
I went to Beaconhills College for orientation in February 1st. I chose the subject I will take. There are English, Math, Food Technology, Science, History, etc. It was difficult to choose because there are many interesting subjects and subjects I don't know! I heard from Mr. Kamakura that some students chose Japanese class last year, but I couldn't, because Japanese class and a required subject are on the same time zone! If I have Japanese class, I have to take a very very difficult English lesson.
Mr. Kamakura and a travel agent who came to Meiho to explain this program December 22nd said that there are no other Japanese students at school, but a Japanese girl is here. What happened? What they said and there are in real is completely different!
People in Australia usually said all seasons come to Australia during the day. I think so. Temperature is 8 -15 degrees Celsius at night and in the morning, and 17 - 30 degrees in the daytime. I am sometimes cold and sometimes hot. It is hard to regulate my clothes.
My host sister's rabbits died in February 3rd. She looked so sad and continues to cry! Expression of feelings is different to Japan!
I'm enjoying everyday! Thank you.
Hello! How does it going? I am so fine now. We arrived at Australia 3 days ago and our school began yesterday. Yesterday, we attended the opening ceremony. During it, the principal said, "Three Japanese guys, please come here!" Then we were very surprised: I will leave the result to your imagination LOL. It is things like this that make me worry about the future:=o. But, please do not worry about me. I will do my best!
Regards, from K.S.
Hi Mr. Kamakura! How are you? This week, are school days started. To say the truth, I did have some trouble this week. For example, I couldn't talk to many people for a couple of days. During lunch time, I tend to hang with the Meiho guys or the exchange students from China and Hong-Kong. I did talk with some guys in class but I haven't got to the point where I can have lunch or hang around with them. I hope I can reach to that point next week. Well on the bright side, I think that I'm not having much trouble about studying yet. It's not easy, but I think I'm able to hang on with it.
I've put on a picture of last night's dinner. We had a BBQ at our house yesterday and I ate this thick steak. It was delicious.
I wrote a lot of negative points on this e-mail, but I'm having a great time. It's just that I found many things to overcome. Next week, I will overcome these problems, or at least "challenge"
to overcome. Good night!
Hello, Mr. Kamakura. I have got used to the English life! I will go to school for the first time tomorrow. It is a photograph of a house!! See you again!!