Dear, Mr. Kamakura.
Hello, Mr. Kamakura!!! How are you doing? I have been faced with many challenges now.
Two weeks ago, my friend and I were asked to show everyone how to make origami. First, we made some fish and balloons. Everybody had struggled to but we had fun together.
It's now getting easier for me to communicate with my host family and Australian friends. Also, they help me review the contents I learned in class at home. Every Tuesday, our coordinator Gail comes to school. She helps us with the tourist information for field trips or teaches English to us.
Last weekend, I had many events. On Saturday, My host family and their relatives invited me to a birthday party. The relatives' house was 7.4 kilometers away from my house. The birthday party began was at 8 o'clock. The twin daughters of the relative had their birthday on this day and they became 21 years old. On Sunday, my host family and I went to a shopping mall in order to make dinner. The shopping mall was 2 kilometers away from my house. The name of shopping mall is Casey Central. I cooked curry and rice in Japanese style for my host family. Everyone told me that it was delicious.
At school, I made a lot of friends in physical education and a variety of other classes. I would like to cherish every single day because there are only remaining four weeks and a little more.
See you next week!! S.K.
Hello, Mr. Kamakura.
I've got used to life in Australia. I feel that Australia is worth visiting and studying here. I made lots of friends and am having good time with them.
In P.E. class, we play baseball. I had played baseball for about 7 years, so I am a good model player. I hit homeruns in the game! When I hit a homerun for the first time, my classmates were so surprised! I enjoyed the game a lot!
In order to overcome language barrier, I often use gestures. However, I am starting understand what they say and they also understand me, too. I will write to you soon.
Dear Mr. Kamakura,
I went to the sea on Feb 11. I found crabs, hermit crabs, fish, starfish and a dead shark! The dead shark was eaten by birds!! I was surprised! I ate fish & chips. By the way, the fish was shark!! I was surprised again!! After dinner, I went outside to see koala but I couldn't find one. I was very tired, so I fell asleep soon that day.
On Feb 13, I spoke to a student who I had never spoken to before. It was good for my English practice.
On Feb 14, I went to a place where I can feed some birds. After that, I went to a shop and ate ice cream. I had felt sick since then. Also, I got on an old train. It was a steam locomotive. When I was riding on the train, I put my arms and legs out of the window. It was exciting!
After coming back to school, we got ready for school camp. I was too tired to stand up straight. I slept soon in the tent. The temperature was low but I didn't feel cold because I had a fever. The next day, I felt good in the morning. I put the tent back and ate a lot of foods. I went to a mountain to hike. It took 3 hours to finish hiking. My bag was 18kg!! After going back home, I went to bed soon.
We went to Ann's friend's house. I went fishing but I couldn't catch any fish. We went to the beach and walked on the beach. The waves and winds were very strong. After dinner, we went to see kangaroos. They were fighting! After that, we went to the beach again. I took beautiful pictures. I thought Australia's beach is more beautiful than Japanese beach. Next day, we went to Philip Island and Churchill Island. I saw cow milking and sheep shearing. I bought dark chocolate there. It was very good. I went to a fish farm to catch some fish. I caught puffer and rainbow trout! I cooked rainbow trout after coming back home.
I played tennis today. I had never played tennis before. I played tennis with a little boy. Maybe he was 8 years old or so. It was exciting!
Time flies when you're having fun. I want to enjoy the rest of the time here.
Hello! My apologies for the late reply. I'm fine and getting better at speaking English. But I'm too shy to start a conversation with local people. So I need to make more effort.
Last Friday, I watched a soccer game with Japanese friends and his host family. That was an exciting game. Everybody was excited. We cheered our city team but they lost by a score of three to one.so I felt frustrated. But the game was really fun.
Yesterday, I went to my Australian friend's house. My friend and I have a good chemistry! We played games together and listened to music that he made. His family was really nice. I received a warm hospitality from them. This time was really good! And we went to a festival and saw projection mapping. It was very beautiful. It made me impressed.
Hello, Mr. Kamakura. How are you? I enjoy Australia. I went to my host mother's farm for three days. It took five hours to get to the farm. On the way, I slept in the car all the time. By the time we got to the farm, it was already 11 pm. So I was very tired.
Next day, I went to MORGAN's LOOKOUT with my host brother. The scenery was really clear there. Next, I went to an old church. The church was very beautiful. And I felt the history there. I rode a tractor after lunch. The tractor was very big. And I fed cows. After that, I had my host brother show me other tractors. There were around twenty tractors there. And I asked him how much they cost. He said they are two thousand-hundred dollars altogether. I was surprised. I ate with my host mother's brothers at night. I had a good time.
Hi! Mr. Kamakura!
How are you? I am still having a great life! In Beacon Hills College, I take math, Art, Personal Development and so on. Personal Development is the most difficult class for me. It's about religion.
By the way, I had a swimming carnival the other day.
I took part in freestyle 50m and breaststroke 50m. First, I swam freestyle. I was in the 4th place. Australian students swam fast! And then, I swam breaststroke. I wanted to win a prize, so I swam as fast as I could. Yes! I got it! I got the second prize. I was very glad!
I am very glad to come to Australia. I do not want to back to Japan!
Hi, Mr. Kamakura. How are you? I am tired now because English is so difficult!
I am learning lots of things! For example, in bible class, we are learning Christianity in details. At the beginning of the class, it was very very boring because I couldn't understand what the teacher said. But now it is very fun because the teacher explanations to me so I can easily understand. I think the teacher has been worried about us, Japanese students.
Last week I had basketball game in gymnasium. This game was the first time to do an official game for me. I was very nervous because I don't have stamina. The first game was a good game but we lost... And next game too.... but the last game we won! I was very very happy! I think that to play basketball is very fun! I want to play it again with the same members and win a victory!!
Yesterday, I went to a park to see Australia animals. I saw koalas, kangaroos and birds. There, I bought some food to feed kangaroo and wallaby. The kangaroos were very cute, so I want to have them as pet. When I touched them, the fur was soft and did not smell bad. I want to see them again!!
Dear Mr. Kamakura,
Hello, Mr. Kamakura. Now it's noon in Australia. I am going to talk about my experience.
First, February 14th my global teacher took us to a souvenir shop. There was a bird park near the shop. We touched some birds. Their claw was very sharp. Therefore if they get on my shoulder, my shoulder would bleed. In the souvenir shop, my friend and I bought Bubble-gum flavored ice cream. It is an Australian special ice cream. After a few hours later, he and I rode a train which has steam engine. It was introduced on TV. Therefore when I was in Japan I thought that I would to ride that train. I am happy because I was able to ride that train .
Second, yesterday I went to my host father's workplace because yesterday was a day off for me. It took us one hour to get there. On the train, he read a book and I listened to music. After we got off the train, we walked for thirty minutes. It was hard for me. I saw a Thai restaurant. His workplace is near the city. We arrived at his workplace. It was a university. It was very very big. His office was near the library. I had talked with his coworkers. They were very kind. Yesterday was a very good experience for me.
Dear Mr. Kamakura,
Hi! I'm having fun in my Australian school life. I take system engineering which is computer design class. In the class, we had to make an audio speaker and it was a hard work. However, I finished the assignment and finished submitting it. I also take Personal Development class and it is so hard to understand the contents because the lessons have religious vocabulary. But I try to understand them by using translator. I can't understand some words even in Japanese but I think I'm doing well in the class.
I got another new friend and his name is Regan. He is cool and funny because he plays games that we usually do in Japan.
The other day, I went to the soccer game with my host family and my Japanese friends. We watched a match, Melbourne city vs Sidney FC. We cheered on Melbourne city but they lost by 1 to 3. Although they lost the match, we had a good time together!
Dear, Mr. Kamakura
Hello, Mr. Kamakura! How are you? More than a month have passed since I came here. I feel time is passing faster.
Yesterday, I made okonomiyaki for my host brother. I knew that they didn't like any sea food, but I used shrimps and squids to have them experience real taste. As a result, they really liked it. I also was very glad to hear that.
These days, I sometimes miss my family in Japan and think about the life after going back to Japan ... but Australian people are so kind that I don't want to back to Japan! So, I'm going through a physiological conflict every day.
By the way, I can't use Wi-Fi in Australia. So, I have to live without mobile phone. At first, I felt an inconvenience every time because I always use my phone almost always when I was in Japan. But recently, I feel comfortable, for I can have much time to do something else. I think I'm changing not only as an English speaker and but also as an adult.
The school I attend, Edinburgh College, has a large number of events. The overnight camp we had two weeks ago was one of them. We made own dishes, put up our tents on the first day of the camp. Next day, we went to a mountain hike. Australian students walked so fast that I couldn't keep up with them (It was probably nothing more than my lacking of exercise). At that time, some students said to me, "Do you wanna be map reader?" To be honest, I didn't want to do it because I was not sure whether I can read map correctly. But I said "Yes!" right away because I wanted to experience a lot of things here. I think we must make much effort to make our study abroad successful at all costs because our parents paid a large amount of money for us.
We have two camps until end of the term one. One is for three days, and the other is for five days!! I am really looking forward to those camps.
I'll do my best during the rest of my studying abroad!! See you next time!
Sorry I was late for sending email. I joined a host family's friend's party. So I talked with many people in English. Talking to other students at school has increased. I think that the number of conversations with the host family has increased, too. I fished with my host family and they took me to various places. Since I was told that it is still necessary to make efforts from the Group Coordinator, I think that I want to get there.