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Wakana Kishihara: April Report

More than two and a half months have passed since I started studying abroad. New Zealand’s government made a request to stay inside. So we are under an order to stay-at-home. But sometimes I go outside because we were allowed to take a walk. These pictures are from the park near my house. Autumn seems to have set in.
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April 12 was Easter Day. Unlike Japan, most people around the world celebrate it. On this day we can eat a gorgeous dinner and watch a movie. Also, children can play games and get some beautiful packaged chocolates. We had a really nice time.
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April 25 was ANZAC Day. It commemorates New Zealanders and Australians killed in the war and honours returned and serving servicemen and women. So it is an important day for New Zealand and Australia. But it was neither busy nor slow. It’s an average day. So my host sister and I played with the birthday present that I gave her. We made a lot of macarons. We made some bad macarons but I had an enjoyable time.
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New Zealand has just recently lowered the state of emergency level. We are able to drive through at McDonald’s. We ate it for the first time in a long time. It was sooooooo delicious. I think school will start again in two weeks.
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Kokona Kimura: April Report

Online Learning
We couldn’t go to school in April due to COVID-19. Our school started online learning on April 15th so I could meet and talk to my friends on Google Hangouts. My school has online learning in the morning. It is hard for me to take online learning because I couldn’t understand what the teacher says. I sent mails to my teacher every time to tell him about what I didn’t understand after taking online learning. I hope our normal life will come back as soon as possible. Japanese Curry I made curry for the first time by myself. I was nervous because I made it for my host family. My house doesn’t have a rice cooker, so I had to make steamed rice without a rice cooker. It was very difficult to make it. I would like to make it again and I also want to make other Japanese dishes.
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Slept in the Garden I slept with my host sister in the garden. It was very fun. My host sister is an international student from Germany, we talked about various things in the tent. The night sky was so beautiful that we talked and decided to sleep outside the tent. I slept while looking at the stars for the first time, but it was very cold at night. The next morning our dog came to wake us up. Next time, I want to sleep in the tent.
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Painting and City Center I painted wood deck with my host father. It was difficult but very fun. It took about 4 hours to paint all the places. I also went to the city center by skateboard. It took about 1 hour and I was tired.
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Nana Tomiyama: April Report

April 12th is Easter day! In the morning, I was looking for many Easter eggs with my host sisters. They were filled with chocolate and other things. My host mother made Easter dinner. It was so delicious.
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I played pool for the first time. I can’t play it well. My host father plays it well so I want him to teach me more. I want to play it well some day. I enjoy playing pool with my host family, and I would like to play it with them again very soon!
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I watched the movie “Trolls World Tour” with my host family. In this movie, Trolls sing and dance to a lot of popular songs such as “Wannabe”-Spice Girls and “Zimzalabim”-Red Velvet. I like this movie a lot!
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Rio Nagai: April Report


I’ve been in quarantine for two months now. However, I can still do a lot of things. For example, school work, watching movies and chilling out, Facetiming, texting friends etc...I believe talking to my host family and friends is helping me avoid depression and from being lethargic.
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Online School

Sometimes it’s difficult to understand what to do on online classes. It took a long time to get used to it. I’m concerned
that my English won’t improve as much as it’s supposed to. I can’t do anything about it so I guess I have to study more.... I really hope this whole Coronavirus crisis will end soon.

Shizuku Tokudome: April Report

Recently, I don’t go to school because of COVID-19. My host school began online learning since last week. I’ve been meeting my friends on Google Hangouts. I miss my friends so much. The government is saying school will start in a few weeks but they don’t give us detailed dates yet so I’m afraid that I’ll be stuck in this house until November. I hope such a thing won’t happen. Then I will change my mind and I will give you the report of April. I hope you will enjoy it!

I baked a chocolate cake. This was my first time to do baking by myself. I think it looks not too bad. And it was yummy. My host family were glad because I made that by myself and I was also happy with how the cake turned out. Today was a good day.

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Today was my host dad’s birthday. He turned 65 years old. We ZOOMed to their son living in Adelaide and sang the song “Happy Birthday.” After that, we all had caramel cake and ate chocolate that my host sister presented for my host dad.

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I went to my coordinator’s house with my host mom to give some letters. She was playing with her big dog. The dog’s name is “Molly”. The dog was very friendly and powerful. I played with her for a while and after that I went to the city to buy some stuff. Usually there are many people in the city, but today there were not. I hope that this quarantine will soon end.

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Today, I’m going to show you how I’m doing online learning. This picture is my online physics class. Teachers put PowerPoint slides or Google slides on each Google Classroom (We have a Google classroom for each subject.) then we open ZOOM and students can enter that to learn. I have four sessions in a day. One session is usually 80 minutes but they have changed the class schedule for online learning so currently one session is only one hour.

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I made pancakes with my host mom. The pancake picture is for my host sister. She loves Disney movies so I put them like Mickey Mouse. I had these pancakes and watched a movie with her .
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Today, I went for a walk during session one. I took many pictures of the neighbourhood that I walked around in.


Recently, everything is changing because of the virus. Students cannot go to school to see and talk with friends. Workers cannot go to work and some of them have been fired. There is a poster on the entrance wall of the supermarket telling us that that more than 37 people should not enter. On the floor there is tape that keeps people in a social distance while lining up at the cash register. Has someone ever thought that could happen while I'm studying in Australia?

At least I never thought of that. But I know this is nobody’s fault. Nobody wanted this to happen. I know, but I am very sad. Sometimes I think if this virus hadn't spread all over the world, I could be able to go to school, meet my friends and hug them. I could also make a plan to go out with my friends. No one can’t help that. But I am looking forward to doing those things.

Online learning is sometimes (not every time) too hard for me, I ask my teachers and they give me other tasks that are not the same as regular students. When this happens I feel miserable. I came here to learn English by taking the same classes as Australian students but I cannot do so because of my poor English level. It doesn’t mean I want to go back to Japan. I really want to stay here as long as possible. This is just one of my feelings nowadays. I’m enjoying some fun things like watching Disney movies with my host family and baking with my host mom.

Even though I cannot do anything, I am not sad. Please do not worry. My life in Australia is going well and I am so happy. My host mom is saying my school might start to from next Monday or Tuesday. I really hope so too.




【高校-コース情報】2A生徒 留学報告(カナダ)

It has been 11 months since I came to Canada. The Christmas break has already started.

My host parents and I attended an early Christmas party at our friend’s house. There were some people that also came. Even though it was our first time meeting each other, we had a good time together. We played a game called Charades. Charades is a game which involves acting out words or phrases written in a piece of paper. The object is to get your team to guess the answer using gestures. I usually don’t like to be in front of people and act out, but I had a lot of fun. After that, we did a Chinese Gift Exchange. All of us brought gifts and exchanged them. It was very fun so I’d like to do it in Japan sometimes.

On December 21st, my host parents and I went to the Calgary Zoo Lights. It was very cold but there were many people. The lights were beautiful so we took a lot of pictures. We also took a picture with Santa! Christmas is coming soon so I’m very excited. We are planning to have a Christmas dinner at home and open our Christmas gifts.
At school, we’ve been doing a lot of assignments, quizzes, and exams.

In Social, we had an exam about the nationalism and ultranationalism in Germany, Russia, and Japan. We also went for a field trip to the movie theatre and watched a movie; MIDWAY. This movie is about a war between Americans and Japanese so there are a few famous Japanese actors in it. I had never seen a movie about war before because I thought they were too serious and dark. But after I saw this movie my thought had changed. Even though it was about the war, it wasn’t as dark as I thought, and actually there were a lot of happy scenes as well. Most teenagers don’t feel comfortable watching the war movies, but I think we should have more opportunities to watch them. War movies can help us understand more about the histories in each country.

In English, we wrote an essay about the impact of an individual’s ambition on self and others. In the essay, we had to quote a few lines from a novel called “Macbeth” written by Shakespeare. It was very hard but I managed to finish it.

In Film Studies, we watched Christmas movies and wrote reviews about them. I’m glad I chose to take Film Studies because I was able to watch many genres of movies and it also helped me to improve my listening and writing skills.

I have only 3 weeks before I leave Canada and I have only a few days of school. I can’t believe my year of studying abroad is going to end soon. It feels like I just came here yesterday. I will enjoy my last 3 weeks of my stay here as much as possible.