I decided to study abroad in Australia, because I met a girl who is from Australia when I was a junior high school student, and she told me many things about Australia. After that, I started being interested in study abroad in Australia.
I had never been to other countries before I came here so there were many things that made me surprised and confused. However, the wide sky and many nationalities were especially impressive for me, and I still remember I felt the beautiful blue sky which didn’t have any clouds when I arrived in Australia.
At first, my life in Australia didn’t go good at all. The hardest part for me was to understand English when someone speaks, and I couldn’t understand at all. However, while I talk with many people, my English skills were getting better and I didn’t realise that my English skills were improving.
My host mother taught me how to pronounce ‘r’ and ‘th’ and many other pronunciations which don’t exist in Japanese, and it was then that I felt my English became better the most. My host mother is really helpful, and when I asked her about pronunciations, she spent more than 2 hours with me.
Every member of my host family is really kind and funny. My host mother often takes me and my host sisters to many places on weekends. I respect her like my real mother and I’m so glad that I was able to meet her. Most of time when I’m at home, I talk about school life with my host family and we often joke around. Also, I always ask some questions about English grammars and words and every time I ask, they teach me these things really kindly.
I have two host sisters and they are from Italy and Brazil. We often talk about differences between each of our cultures and languages. That makes me so curious to know about other countries and languages.
There are a few things which made me changed through experiences in South Australia. Firstly, my opinions of Japan and other countries were changed and I could think my opinion from other side to understand many opinions from many people and cultural sides. Also, I didn’t need to try anything when I was in Japan, but after coming Australia, I try as much as I can.