I have decided to check with you whether to publish Anna’s August Report or not.
As an insensitive soul, I admit to being affected by Anna’s report.
I have hosted students and am aware of the phenomena of thinking in another language.
However, I detected more than this.
I will publish if you agree, otherwise I am happy to “lose the report”.
Thank you Keith for your consideration.
Anna was stressed last weekend. She told us that the high expectations from the local club was taking its toll and that she did not want to say no either. Her host mum realised it and Anna was exempt from Rotary duty on the weekend. We talked to her again on Sunday and she was more relaxed.
Regarding the language confusion, from my experience, this is good news. It means that she is getting very good in Japanese. I can remember feeling the same way while studying in the UK. Similarly, my brother lived in Spain for a few years and when he was coming back home he was using Spanish words with a French flavour.
Her report reflects that.
Please feel free to publish it in part or in full, or not at all. You have more experience about these matters than myself. Either way, you have my full support.
Kind Regards, Paul
This Month has been my busiest month yet! My rotary Club decided to take a club trip to Kyushu (the south island) and we spent 5 days travelling the island's main cities. We visited many museums, ate Kyushu's famous delicacies and and lovely nights having banter at the Onsen. Most nights we went to bed at around 1am because we were too busy talking to each other. As I was the youngest I spent most of my time looking after the old rotarians and carrying a lot of their luggage but they all were very kind and i could feel my Japanese improving. I am so thankful to have gone on this trip as I have gotten closer to my rotary club and learnt so much about Japanese culture and history.
This month I also joined 2 after school clubs and have gotten involved with my school more. Every day I come home at around 7pm, after club activities. I am slowly making friends in other years and starting to be a lot more social. My weeks tend to be getting a lot busier and i often don't tend to have time to do much else except late at night.
Last week my rotary decided to have another trip and we went up north in Hokkaido to have an Onsen Weekend. It was very nice and enjoyable. I spent more times with the rotarians and won 20000yen in bingo!! I learnt a lot of Japanese words and points of grammar, I am finding myself becoming more and more tired from using Japanese constantly.
I will be moving families on the 7th of May, I am both excited and sad to leave but hopefully it would be alright.
I trust you are all well!
Here is my monthly report! I hope you all had a great month! I hope next month is lovely and that you keep safe~
Have a lovely day!
This month so much has happened. I finally made a few School friends! I found it so difficult to go and make friends but I am so happy I did! This month I also went on a ski camp where we stayed in a traditional Japanese hotel, and I got to try the Onsen for the first time ever!! It was s Awkward being naked in front of everyone but soon after I got used to it. The bath was so nice I loved it so much. The View was also very beautiful and I kept taking so many pictures. I can’t wait for next month as it will be cherry blossom season and I will be going to Kyushu for a week with my rotary club!! Honestly everyday feels like a dream. I will be joining 2 clubs at School for recreation. I am so excited! Lately I have been doing exercise more and not only am I keeping myself busy I am starting to feel fitter!