外国語学部英語学科 池田 光
Do you want to see many beautiful views in another country? I studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia for 11 months. Melbourne is a beautiful place which is multicultural, has great values and very friendly people. I met many people from different countries and cultures.
Throughout my time in Australia, I felt studying in Melbourne changed me in a positive way. Before I went to Melbourne, I was a bit shy and had no confidence speaking English in front of people. However, after learning at Deakin University English Languages Institute and doing many presentations and discussions, I felt I had the confidence to speak English and never be afraid to make mistakes. I believe these are very important to improve your speaking ability.
In addition, I would always speak with my host family. They are very helpful and useful for me as they are very kind and friendly. I was able to build a great relationship with them and often keep in touch with them even now.
Moreover, I did not only learn from my host family, but I told them about Japanese culture. As they only hosted Japanese students, I hope I can inspire them to visit Japan someday as they have never visited Japan before. I cooked sushi for them and taught the host kids origami. It was amazing to share my culture with them.
I remember one beautiful saying that the little host son said, “Japanese are so clever.” I am now so proud of my country, Japan and want to share more Japanese culture as well. I hope I can go back to Australia and say hello to my host family. I will never forget this amazing experience. Thank you.