筑紫女学園大学 留学・研修現地レポート

筑紫女学園大学 留学・研修現地レポート

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ハワイ大学カピオラ二校

丸谷 桜 さん (英語学科 )

大分舞鶴高校 (大分)

When I look back over the past
Apr . 2016
During this month, I got one week spring break and could do some activities. For people living in Hawaii, Ala moana shopping center is the most popular place to shop. Recently was renovated and new shops were added to the mall.

One day during spring break, I found some text messages that I wrote last year. That time, I remember spending so much time trying to write these, but looking back, they barely made sense! Sometimes even I couldn’t understand what I wanted to say. I showed my friend who had received those text, and told him that if I had been in his shoes, I wouldn’t have been able to understand our conversations, and that I appreciate how patient he was in talking to me even though it was hard to understand.

After my speaking skills have improved, I now notice how there are different ways to speak English. I have some close Korean friends and some of them have strong accents so I sometimes enjoy their ways of speaking. When I first heard their accent, I had a hard time understanding them, but since KCC has so many different kinds of people with accents I gradually got used to it. Hawaiian locals also has unique dialect called pidgin, and when I talk to them I still need to concentrate on what locals say because it’s hard to understand. I noticed every different group has peculiar accent and it is because they have different back grounds so now I am interested in listen so many English dialects. This thing that now I could notice is the thing I wanted to understand before I came here so I am proud of myself.

My English class is now starting to do group activities a lot. As such, I’ve been working harder because I usually end up doing the activities and projects by myself. After school, I sometimes watch American TV and movies; by watching TV and Movies, I’m slowly learning American culture and idioms. Before I came here, I barely know about American humor and joke but now even I could get these some but to learn new things are so fun. I want to continue to watch these TV shows and understand more because I cannot study much of these explanations in our conversation.

When I look back on my time in Hawaii, I noticed that I have accomplished a lot, and have changed from before. In addition, I also should feel gratitude for people who I met in Hawaii and enjoy lest of my study abroad period more.

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