Hello, Mr. Kamakura. How are you? I'm very well.
Two weeks passed already. But it feels long for me. I was very excited when I arrived at Melbourne.
Next day, I went to Inverloch Beach with my host family. There was a good scenery. I swam in the pool there. The water was warm. I ate pizza baked in the oven. It was very delicious
School started on 1st of February. I used a school bus for the first time. At that time I was nervous. But everyone greeted me kindly. I was very tired at the end of the day. I thought that I wanted to improve my English better.
4th of February was host mother's birthday. I didn't know about it. So I woke up in the morning and was surprised. We ate breakfast at a restaurant. It was very good taste. After lunch, we went to a big shopping mall. I bought a present for my host mother there. I gave her the present. She seemed so glad.
I want to enjoy Australia from now on, too.
Hi Mr. Kamakura!!!!!!! How are you? I am living every day to the fullest! Every thing's going so fast!!
Coming to MELBOURNE was very nervous for me but our coordinator was very kind. So, I was able to relax!! On the first day, we went to the center of MELBOURNE and got on a boat. We rode the boat for about two hours and the city was such a nice view and I enjoyed sightseeing. The time flew so fast. After lunch, we got on a bus and we met our host families.
Next day was Chinese New Year's Day. So, we went grandparents' house of my host mother. At that moment, everyone said GONG XI FA CAI. It means Happy New Year! At night, we ate dinner together. It was even more extravagant than I had imaged, for example, crab and noodles, lemon chicken. After dinner, my host mother's grandparents gave me money wrapped in a red envelope. I thought that was very characteristic. It was a good experience for me.
4 days after we arrived, the school started! I was a little nervous about going to school. But at school, some students talked to me and gave high five to me. I was impressed because Japanese students are not so kind like them. They are very kind to me, so I enjoy my school life a lot.
Last Monday we had swimming competition. It was freezing cold on the day. The temperatures was very low...and the pool was outside...but I swam! Because I wanted to win in the competition! I wanted a victory!!!!
I swam freestyle 50m... The result was 2 place... It was bitterly disappointing to have lost the race. However, the next race was freestyle relay. I was the third swimmer in the race. Finally, we won the race!!!!!! I gave them high fives and we laughed together!!!!
Hi, Mr. Kamakura!! How are you?
Last week, I was very nervous here in Australia because I had never been studying abroad. But My host family has kindly taught me a lot of things. Now I speak English from myself. Until school started, they took me to the famous tourist spots, for example Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens and Brighton Beach. There were many different kinds of houses and colorful flowers. I think I got a very valuable experience.
Last weekend I stayed at Mr. Smith's house. We had BBQ and ate fish and chips. I had a very good time. On Monday, we had a swimming competition in the park. The name of the park was Doveton Park. I did 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 100m Freestyle of relay. In the freestyle of 50m, I won the first place. I won the second place in the breaststroke and freestyle of relay, too. My blue team lost. But, the race was very exciting!! Yesterday, my father and I went shopping in order to make dinner. My father made us an Australia chicken. It was wonderfully delicious!
At school, I'm taking Encounter, Music, English, PE, Digital Technology (PC), Sport, Math, Science, Humanities (History), and Chapel. All of these classes are difficult, but I'm working hard. Also I'm gradually making friends. The curriculum would be useful in the future.
Dear Mr. Kamakura
I'm sorry because my house doesn't have Wifi connection. So it took some time to send you this email.
Hi! How are you? I'm enjoying Australia's life! I get along with my host family now. My host brother is Mathew and Nathan. Mathew is such a kind man. He can draw a picture very well! Nathan is so pretty. His smile is so cute. I also made many friends at host school! Gokuu is my best friend!
By the way, I learned new English words, for example, dystopian. Dystopian means 地獄郷. I learned this word in Essential English class. This class is so hard, but I'll try my best.
I'm glad to come to Australia. Thank you very much!!
Hello, Mr. Kamakura! How are you doing? I'm fine. My family is very friendly. So I often talk a lot about school and other things with them. On the second day, my host mother and I went to a beach. It was a really nice weather that day. I met my host mother's cousin there.
School life is very hard because I can't understand what other students say. But I have a lot of fun at this school. I will do my best.
Recently I can catch and understand English little by little but these past two weeks in school were very hard for me. I need a lot of time to get used to school. I visited many places for the last two weeks. I went to a museum and cinema. I watched Jurassic park in 3-D! I got the first prize in swimming competition last Wednesday. It was a good experience for me. I will go to the beach and swim with dolphins on Saturday and Sunday. I'm looking forward to swimming.
Hi, Mr. Kamakura. I have fun and exciting experiences in Australia because I made a new friend who is Mac. Mac is my best friend in Australia now and he is so funny. I am also having fun with my host family. My host brother Jonathan is 9 years old and he is in primary school. He plays Nintendo game with me, and it is fun. I never knew that Dim Sam which is similar to Shumai was born in Australia. I also went to a beautiful place called Sky High. I will send you some photos later.
Dear. Mr. Kamakura,
How have you been doing? It has been three weeks since I came here. I was nervous when I first came here, but now I'm used to life and am enjoying it.
It was Valentine's Day on Tuesday. Unlike Japan, in Australia it seems that men give chocolates to women. Although it may be a boring day at Meiho high school, at Nunawading Christian College, it is very lively because we decorate buildings with balloons and ribbons with girls' ideas. Thank you.
Hello!! It has been two weeks since I came here. I am gradually getting used to the life here.
I had my host family take me to the sea and now live a happy life. The sea was very beautiful. It is hard to understand the contents of the lessons at school. But I'll try my best.
Hello, Mr. Kamakura.
I feel English is very difficult but interesting. My English is not good, but I try to make it understandable. I am so happy because I could learn a lot of English here and I can teach Japanese and culture to Australian friends here. They are very interested in Japanese. I am taking Japanese class at school. So I can teach them Japanese. For that reason, I can make a lot of friends. They are very kind and funny.
I went a market with my host father the other day. They were selling a lot of foods and clothes. We bought some fish and fruits. They were delicious.
Hello! Two weeks and five days have passed since I came to Australia. I have come to get some communication with my host family and am now getting used to new environments. My host family took me to a beach. And my group coordinator took me to a zoo. I am living a pleasant life here. I would like to make efforts to speak more English in the future.
Hi, Mr. Kamakura. How's it going? I'm writing this at host family's house.
Australian houses are much bigger than Japanese houses. There is a big terrace, spare room, and theater room in this house!
My host family is very kind and funny. They always tell me jokes. I'm very happy with them. My host parents, Nicky and Ian teach me a lot of things about school and English; the pronunciation of "r" is pretty difficult for me. But some Australian people said to me, "Your pronunciation is good." I was very happy, but I still wanna brush up my English ability more.
My host brother Matthew always teaches me English jokes. I played video games with him two times. He is good at playing the shooting games. He really likes watching YouTube. He sometimes makes dinner for me and we eat together. I appreciate his kindness.
My host sister, Chelsea is an extraordinary girl. The reason why I think so is very obvious. Because she loves zombies and jewelry! I often watch movies with her. She occasionally stops the movie and says "Shin, did you understand?" If I say "No," she teaches me the story with simple words. Thanks to her, I can enjoy the movies.
I attend school at Edinburgh College. I started two weeks ago. The first day of school, I was little bit nervous because I knew I couldn't talk with classmates like they talk with their friends. But it was unnecessary. In fact, most of them were very friendly. A girl spoke to me as soon as I arrived at school. Then she asked me some easy questions such as "What is your name?" and "Where are you from?" It was very fun. I've tried to speak to them from myself since that time. I study with 14~15 year-old students. They are so big and tall. Actually, I didn't know that they were younger than me.
Most of Australian schools have two recesses. The first one comes after period two. We eat fruits or snacks in this time. The second one is after period four. We have lunch in this recess. Many students bring sandwiches. I think Japanese schools should introduce this system. We can concentrate on classes because we never become hungry!
I've already made some friends, Max, Josh, Rachel, Tomas, Edwin and Isabella ... I really like Australian life. I want to meet a lot of people and talk with them. I believe if I do it, I can grow a lot. See you soon!
I am sorry that I couldn't send the e-mail on time. However, I enjoy Australian life very much! My host family are very kind. School is also very nice. I already have a lot of friends in Beacon Hills College!
February 15th was birthday! My host family, friends and school coordinator Jenny celebrated my birthday. I was so happy! I am getting used to Australian life. I want to enjoy the stay here more and more!