– August 18, 2019
Today, I went shopping and something surprising happened to me. There were many Japanese words in Daiso, and most of the goods there were sold there were made in Japan.
In a big supermarket, I needed to pay for bags to put things that I bought. I thought it is good for the environment and Japan should imitate this.
In the evening, I had hot dogs, salad and Australian Bavarian cream. The hotdogs were really good, so I ate too much.
I want to enjoy the rest of my stay in Australia.
(N.I., M3 girl)
This morning, I was going to go shopping, but we had to go to my host mother’s friend’s house first. She is a high school principal and has four dogs. One of them had six babies in her stomach. The dog was having this morning,. My host mother has helped a dog which was having babies before, so we went to her friend’s house to help the dog. When we arrived at her house, three puppies had already been born. The mother was sleeping. I saw the three puppies, and they were so tiny and very cute. Also, we saw the scene of birth. Maybe, many people don’t like it, but it was interesting for me.
After that, my host grandfather came to pick us up, and we went shopping. I was anxious about puppies all the time. Then, when I got home, I asked her about them. “5 boys and one girl. They are alright,” she said I was relieved to hear that.
This experience was very good for me. I’ve seen it on TV, but I’d never seen it before. So, I will never forget it.
(M.S., M3 girl)
– August 19, 2019
Today, I went to the kindergarten library to meet kindergarten students. It was good to hear the kindergarten teacher read the book to the kindergarten children and to see them interact. I enjoyed watching them and listening to the story as well. Being a student from Japan and eager to learn English, I found the experience to be valuable and enjoyable.
Learning with children really helps to learn English, I am glad the school provided this
opportunity. Thank you to Canturbury College.
(H.K., M3 boy)
The weather in the morning was foggy. It was so bad.
We studied grammar, conversation, and vocabulary. We also learned Aussie slangs in the first lesson. This was the most difficult in today’s lessons. In the second lesson, we watched some movies about Australian money. After lesson, I went to canteen. I bought Nacho’s there. Some boys bought one too. It was made with corn chips, salsa, sour cream and avocado. During the third lesson, we drew a surfer with my group. I had a nice day.
(R.A., M3 boy)
Today, I had the first ESL lesson. I learned a lot about Australian culture. For me, learning about Australian money was very interesting. In Japan, notes are made of paper while Australian notes are made of plastic. So Australian notes will be not damaged if you had accidentally washed it. I was very surprised.
After school, we went to Woolworths. In Australia, there are big shopping carts. Because Australians don’t go shopping every day, they buy a lot. One thing I was surprised at was there were two ways to use the shopping basket. I can use it like a shopping cart or carry it in my hand. It was very useful to use it like a shopping cart, so I wanted to use it in Japan too.
At dinner, we ate meat cutlet. It was good. It has been 12 days since I came to Australia, and I am getting used to using a knife and fork.
After dinner, we watched Australia’s Got Talent. First, I was too shy to talk to my host parents, but now I can say my opinions very easily, and I’m very happy about it. Today, I laughed a lot by having a lot of conversation with my host family. I think this is the result of my efforts, and I have improved a lot more than I imagined. So I don’t have any regrets. It was a very good experience for me. There are only a few days left, so I will try my best to talk to my host family.
(Y.N., M3 girl)