Naru BUNYA

Naru BUNYA

Naru BUNYA
My visit to Kansas City

My visit to Kansas City gave me a lot of precious memories and interested me in having communication in English. At first I was little nervous about my homestay. However, such anxiety disappeared immediately and I was able to have a very happy time.
First of all, I met the mayor of Kansas City, went to a high school and learned a lot about Kansas City. The high school tour was very interesting because some facilities such as classrooms and vending machines were very different from those of our school.

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Next, my host family greeted me very gently. They provided me with a lot of experiences and gave me a lot of pleasure. I tried kayak, went to the game center and cinema. Compared to Japan, facilities were bigger and wider. I enjoyed them very much. I also went to a park where we could play volleyball together as my host family had played volleyball before. Through playing volleyball, I could have a better communication with them. The relationships between me and my host family got closer and closer.
During my homestay, I could meet many host sisters' friends and talk and play with them. I liked the things that they had in common with me. It was exciting and I could talk a lot about school. However, there were many things that I could not understand and tell them properly. I wanted to be able to listen more correctly and talk more smoothly. I also had the same kind of experience with my host family. I could not talk well though there was something I wanted to say. I want to be able to communicate better in English in the future. Therefore, reflecting my experience, I'd like to study English harder from now on.
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Now I feel that this homestay became one of my greatest memories. It was really nice for me to be able to participate in the Kurashiki Youth Goodwill Mission. Thanks to my host family and the staff, I could experience what I cannot do in a common trip. I will make the best use of this experience. My future dream is to become a flight attendant. This visit to Kansas City made me think that I really want to make my dream come true. Thank you for everything.
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カンザスシティを訪れてみて…


私は、このホームステイを通して今まで以上に外国の文化や言語に関心が高まりました。最初はホストファミリーがどんな人か、現地での体験への不安と楽しみでいっぱいでした。しかし、そんな不安はすぐなくなり、とても楽しい時間を過ごすことができました。
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 まず研修では、カンザスシティの市長にお会いしました。たくさん質問をし、おすすめのレストランを教えてくださったり、カンザスシティについてもたくさん知ることができました。次に高校見学では、自分のクラスがなく移動して授業を受けることや自動販売機の種類の多さなど至る所で文化の違いを感じました。
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 そして、ホストファミリーはとても優しく迎えてくれました。日本ではあまりできないカヤックをしたり、ゲームセンターや映画館に連れて行ってくれたり、私をたくさん楽しませてくれました。施設を比べても日本より大きく、広くてとても楽しめました。私もホストファミリーもバレーボールをしていたことがあったので一緒にバレーボールができる公園にも行き、最初は不安だったコミュニケーションもスポーツを通して少しとれました。そして、会話をあまりしなくてもスポーツで交流できることも素晴らしいことだと思いました。またホストシスターの友達にもたくさん会って、一緒に話をしたり、遊んだりできよかったです。私と共通のものが好きで盛り上がれたし、学校の事もたくさん話せました。
 しかし様々なコミュニケーション場面で、家族とお別れするときも、日常も、言いたいことがあるのにうまく伝えることができず、話しかけられても聞き直すことが多々ありました。
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今後は、もっとスムーズに聞き取り、話せるようにしたいと思います。このように思うことができたのは、この企画に参加できたからこそなので、この経験を無駄にしないようにしたいです。そして、ホストファミリーや関係者の方々に恵まれ忘れられない思い出ができました。
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