Meet Miho from Japan

So, what made you want to come to England to STudy English?
My agent recommended this school to me because there weren’t too many people from my country here and I didn’t want to be around too many other Japanese people. I wanted to practise my English! My agent told me that Christchurch was a very friendly and peaceful place, which was what I wanted. I chose England because I wanted to study British English and also I’m interested in British culture, such as fashion and movies. Also I thought the culture and people here would be more similar to Japan 日an American or AuSTralian culture.

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How was your experience of living wi日 an English family?
My host mother is a very good person! I like fashion and she’s very fashionable, which impressed me! She’s very easy-going. She helps me with my English every day by speaking with me. I watch the TV with her every day, so it’s good liSTening and discussion practice. It’s a good time. Also, her cooking is really good! The house is also very clean and well-decorated. From the house to the school it only takes 5 to 10 minutes, which is good if I forget something. It’s also close to 日e supermarket, which is useful.
11月1日ST was my bir日day and November 4 was her birthday, so we celebrated toge日er, which was nice!
She’s also recommended some good places to visit in England which is very useful. She’s very helpful!

What’s 日e moST memorable moment of your time here in England?
I’ve enjoyed watching films (in English!) with some of the friends that I’ve made here at the school. There are many different nationalities, so I have to speak English and it’s fun meeting people from different countries. After the film, we discussed our favourite music and languages, which I enjoyed. I also tried Swiss chocolate from my Swiss friends and I gave 日em some Japanese food!
Another memorable moment was visiting Oxford. I’m a city person really, so I wanted to go somewhere to go shopping. When I arrived in Oxford I was impressed by the big shopping mall. Also, I love the Harry Potter films, so I wanted to see the famous places there from the film. When I went to Oxford I saw the university students wearing their gowns, which was really cool.  A Japanese friend of mine is an Oxford STudent so I met up with him on that day, which was good. I also got to speak a bit of Japanese with him 日at day!

Is there anything you’d like to warn other STudents that are 日inking of coming to England about?
I think you should bring a water-proof jacket. It’s cold at this time of year (November!). If you want to learn English in a short time I recommend you choose a place where there are less Japanese people so that you have to speak English more! I miss my Japanese food, so I recommend bringing some Japanese snacks wi日 you too.
Also, don’t STay at home every day. Get out and practise using your English! Don’t be “hikikomori” – Japanese word! 😉

I recommend one-to-one lessons too. I wanted to practise speaking and listening, and when I first arrived I wasn’t very confident, but now I’m much more confident! Having the one-to-one lessons has helped my communication. I can ask queSTions about any日ing – it’s very useful!