4/30/2016

travel2japan #53 a lighthouse & lots of explainations


Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm now going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

 #53 a lighthouse & lots of explainations
Real date: May 2nd, Saturday

Today, I got up at 6 o'clock after falling asleep two times after my alarm rang. I went downstairs, where Kouta san already was. When the bathroom was free, I said 'Please go first' but he wanted me to use the bathroom first.

4/29/2016

travel2japan #52 a tiring day


Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

 #52 a tiring day
Real date: May 1st, Friday

Today, I plan to research about EM (effective microorganisms; a biological way of gardening, cooking and cleaning, my aunt is interested in) I will search for the name in Japanese, write it down and then go with it to the bookstore to see whether I can get a book about it.

4/28/2016

travel2japan #51 New plans

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Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

 #51 New plans
Real date: April 30th, Thursday

Today, it is one month and 10 days, since I came to Japan. I will eat the seccond chocolate car today. I will be here another 3 month. After waking up, I changes clothes, made myslef ready and then went in the kithcen and studied. At 6 o'clock, Wakari san wake up, shortly after Kouta san. While Wakari san prepared breakfast, Kouta san and me watched TV and talked. Now, Wakari san is preparing my obento (lunch box) It smells good! Yesterday, Wakari san explained me, why I should not say 'Okay' or 'Good'. 'Okay' for example, can have two meanings: 'It is okay without XY, I am fine, thanks' or 'This is okay, I would like to do it.' So, I will not say it anymore.

4/27/2016

travel2japan #50 planting rice


Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the tho
ughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 

Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

 #50 planting rice
Real date: April 29th, Wednesday


This morning, I firstly studied a bit in bed. Then, I went downstairs in the kitchen and watched TV. When Wakari san left the bathroom, I went in to make myself ready.
Today, we ate breakfast at a resaurant. For me, it was the very first time to eat at a restaurant. Although Kouta san had said that we will go there at 9 o'clock, we alread left at 8:10. We arrived at the family restaurant, where I ate toast with a lot of butter and tomatos, salad, scumbled eggs and an orange juice. It was very tasty and my stomach was very full afterwards. Because I did not eat that much, Kouta san and Wakari san were a little astonished. They asked me, what I want to do in the 'Golden Week'(a short period of holidays in Japan). I think, I want to go to Tokyo. I kind of spilled water on my clothes and Wakari san gave me tissues. Kouta san got me a new glass of water. They are so nice!

4/26/2016

travel2japan #49 a day with a collapse and a gratitude gift


Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

 #49 a day with a collapse and a gratitude gift
Real date: April 28th, Tuesday

Today, I somehow did not hear the alarm at 5 o'clock. So, the next alarm ringing was my breakfast alarm at 7 o'clock. I quickly changed clothes and went downstairs. Wakari san told me than I am late. After breakfast I went to school a little sadly.

4/25/2016

travel2japan #48 a lot of tears

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Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

 #48 a lot of tears
Real date: April 27th, Monday

Today morning, my alarm rang at 5 o'clock. I was only a little tired and already at 5:15, I stood up and put on my school uniform. I stayed for one hour in the bed studying and then went in the kitchen. Kouta san had just started with breakfast and Wakari san was in the bathroom. So I waited and watched some TV with Kouta san. This was good. But when I say something wrong in Japanese to Kouta san, he just does not react, what is not so good. I made myself ready and then ate.
I did not really understand, whether I will bring the letter to the post today. I will just not go to the club today and if Wakari san has already sent the letter, I have some extra time to study.

4/24/2016

travel2japan #47 A bipolar day

Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

 #47 A bipolar day
Real date: April 26th, Sunday

Now, it is 6:40 in the morning. I am currently cleaning the kitchen a bit. Kouta san fed the cat. Sometimes, I think that my Japanese has improved. At the beginning, I always used to say 'kore' (that) but now I understood the a, ko, so- system (this, that, that over there). I also do address people by their names instead of saying 'you' (often) For me, it is kind of weird to do it, but in Japan, it is just normal. When I was to daiso (one coint store) yesterday, I saw two different notebooks of Little Twin Stars. They are so cute and I want to buy them both. But I do not want to spend so much money and, honestly, what do I need this notebooks for? I know it. One notebook will become my next diary book after this. The other I will turn into a DIY calendar (a bit like a filofax). At coventions, I will take this calendar book with me as well. But, however, I do not plan to go to the shopping mall today. I just wonder, how long these Little Twin Stars things will be there.
Kouta san and Wakari san often zap between channels, but I wanted to see one of the channels. (FWP)
Today, I want to send the package for my brother's confirmation. I wanted to bring it to the post but (as it is closed on weekends), Wakari san wants to do it. I just wonder, whether the size of the package is okay.
Now, it is 8 o'clock. Kouta san watches TV and drinks coffee. I will now start my Kanji (chinese characters) practice. I think that Kouta san is not really a typical Japanese man.
We had very tasty breakfast and then cleaned the house (I cleaned the stairs and my room). Because it is good weather, we will go somewhere today.
Then we went to a beach that is far away and more popular and big than the one, we usually visit. There were a lot of hotels and holiday resorts, it was really impressing! We walked around a bit. There was a statue (of knights, I think) and when we were there, a women (I originally thought her to be a guide) came and talked to me. She asked me, what grade I am and talked with Wakari san about her scarf.
We went to the beach and sat down there in folding chairs, Kouta san went for a walk and I drank some juice. For some reason, the women came back to me and started talking to me again (why?) She asked my about my school and where I am from. Kouta san came back and waited a bit. After a while, he said something like: 'I am sorry but I would like you to go.' The women was very insulted and left. (I am so thankful for my hostfather doing this. In thins moment, I was quite facilitated.
We quickly went for lunch. We went to a family restaurant named 'Dannys' that is popular is Japan. I ate spaghetti. I could (finally) ordered by myself! It was very tasty (and not too hot!).
We went home. On the way, we first went to a  plant shop but bought nothing. At a drugstore, Kouta san bought shampoo. At home, I made my laundry, Kouta san worked in the garden and Mayumi san is shopping, Now, I am watching TV with Kouta san and writing in my diary. I ate ice cream and it was tasty but my stomach is now so full and hurts. In the next time, I do not want to eat so much ice cream.
Wakari san came home and I realized that I am not tired :). Today, we want to eat lunch at 7:30 but I think it will be rather 8 o'clock.
Oh, today in 4 days, I can eat my second chocolate car. Time is passing so fast, it is scary.
As the post office is open then, I want to send my letter next week, but Wakari san wants to make it as well as sending the package. She, however, did not really sound like she actually approves this. I wonder whether the package is too big.
Oh shit. I talked to Wakari san and Kouta san and the package is too big, so it will be too expensive, I think. Wakari san seemed a little indignant. Now, it is difficult with her and me. I cried at the toilet. This was a big mistake. I hope that WYS will not throw me out. (I was so frightened) I am sad and I do not know how to handle the situation. I was stupid and rude and made a mistake. I do not have any hope. But I have a white cat and not a black dog LINK and I will continue doing my best!
At dinner, it somehow was okay again. I was very nice. I only ate one serving of each food. Wakari san was astonished. Desert were strawberries (<3) and some sweet bean sweet. It was tasty!
In TV there was a funny channel and I understood a lot. We also talked a lot.
I took a shower. This week, we are somehow not having a bath. Probably, it is because I am using too much water.
However, today was an interesting day.

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4/23/2016

travel2japan #46 curry rice

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Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

 #46 curry rice 
Real date: April 25th, Saturday

As I oversleept a bit again today, I want to change my clothes after I stood up and study then tomorrow. At 7 o'clock, I went in the kitchen (at weekends, we always have breakfast at about 8 o'clock.) Quickly, Wakari san entered as well.

4/22/2016

travel2japan #45 an exciting school day


Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

 #45 an exciting school day
Real date: April 24th, Friday

Good morning! Today we again had a tasty breakfast. As Wakari san will not make an obento (lunch box) for me today, I will buy something to eat at school. In the morning, we watched TVI was a bit late for school. (That means, I only came 15 minutes before classes started)
For the first lesson, I went with Amber to the library and studied there (I finished my Kanji training book!) Then we had P.E. class where we played basketball. It was fun. Then I quickly rushed to the calligraphy room but I was still late there. (This time was literally the worst. Within 10 minutes I had to go back from the sportsfielt to the changing room at the third floor, change my clothes and then run downstairs in the calligraphy classroom.) Wakari san gave me liquid ink for calligraphy class, but there, we only write with coal (we write with the ink developing by rubbing the coal into water).

4/21/2016

travel2japan #44 the sports test

Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

 #44 the sports test
Real date: April 23th, Thursday

Today morning, I woke up at 4:55. As my alarm was going to ring at 5 o'clock, I stayed in bed and waited for it to ring. So, I quickly fell asleep but somehow woke up at 6:20. But it was still okay (early).
At the breakfast table, I wrote the report for WYS. As Wakari san brought Kouta san to the station, I also drove with them, but I forgot taking the key.

4/20/2016

travel2japan #43 advice from my agony aunt

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Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba wit
h a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#43 advice from my agony aunt 
Real date: April 22th, Wednesday

Today morning, I woke and got up at 5 o'clock. I made myself ready and studied. Because I was in the kitchen early, I finished breakfast at about 7:10. The breakfast consisted of an apple, vegetable juice, onigiri (rice balls) and scumbled eggs, it was tasty! Wakari san talked to me two times in Enlgish this morning. As she spoke very quickly, I could not interrrupt (and tell her to speak Japanese)
I want to print out pictures of German food (for the posters) at the food shop. So, I left the house early. But as the shop openes at 9 o'clock, I will have to do it after school.

As I am having some problems, I am now going to play agony aunt for myself.
Q: I am currently in a foreign country but I am not improving in the language. What should I do?
A: First of all, make sure that you speak the language with everyone, so with:

    ☑ your hostmoster
  ☑ your hostfather
    ☑ your techers (all!)
    ☑ your classmates
☑ Also, ask a lot of questions. Ask them
   ☑ your host family
   ☑ your classmates
☑ Write your diary in the foreign language (and translate it)
☑ Write difficult words on cards and hand them up in your room
☑ Study vocabulary and gramar every morning with Anki (a vocabulary app)
☑ Write your own list of words, you do not know
☑ Also write down the time, you studied
☑ Do not give up
--> You will make it 

So now, I have a plan, what makes me feel better. I wanted to write in my diary at school to study. Although I am making a lot of mistakes while writing, I like it. Apart from this issue, I do not have any trouble. Vocabulary is my only problem, a big one.  I will be here for 4 1/2 month, now I still have 3 1/2 month. But 3 1/2 month are 115 days, only 115 days.
In today's lunch break, I want to go to the 7 11 store to use the W-Lan there to make myself LINE (Japanese WhatsApp) on my phone. LINE is more beneficial that text messaging. After school, I will print out the pictures of German food. I want to make 4 posters and I think, my teacher will be astonished.
Today, I want to write the exchange report for WYS. 
Then, I went to the library and studied there. I think, I should write something. In four minutes is this lesson over. A teacher went in. Her reads something. Two minutes. Amber packs her stuff. Yes, I will go now. I went to my classroom but there, somebody told me that the net lesson is not English, but the lesson after that. My next lesson is mathematics, so I went to another room. Mathematics was okay, I understood a bit.
In lunch break, I went to the 7 11 and ate afterwards. The W- Lan there was good but for registering in LINE, I had to typle in my own phone number. As I do not know it, I will look it up at home and come back to the 7 11 tomorrow and then I will really apply LINE on my phone. Because of the W-Lan, all the WhatsApp messages arrived on my phone. I saw that my letter arrived in Germany, yay~! I think, reading it, made me a little homesick.
After that, I ate together with the same girls as yesterday, I want to eat with them from now on. This is good.
For the next period, Iwent in the library (with Amber). At the toilet, Iread the whole chat. It was funny and there were a lot of tasty pictures send. I kind of miss my family. 
(comparinng Ambers and my exchange organization in terma of costs)
Next, I went to Fine Arts class. It was not so good to read this chat. Now I feel like I am a bit excludet and out of Japan. (I would recommend keeping very little contact with your own family as an exchange student. Especially direct contact (like calling or messaging) is not so beneficial for your integration process).
At Fine Arts class, I sat on a table with students from class 2G but some students from class 2F were sitting there as well. Some boys there were talking constantly. It was annoying yet funny. The teacher told me something, I did not understand. When I sayed something, he did not understand as well so it was all a little complicated and made me sad. :'( (As you can see through the last posts, my honeyman stage is ending and a harder part of my journey begins)
Calligraphy club was not so good as well. Some guys came and cleaned the room, before we entered.

At the shopping mall, I printed out pictures of German food. At home, Wakari san explained my some vocabulary. I said: 'Please speak Japanese' two times. I do not know, whether she understood. 
Kouta san came home at half past 7 and ate. Now, I will make the report for WYS.

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4/19/2016

travel2japan #42 the girl in front of me &progress issues


Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba wit
h a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#42 the girl in front of me &progress issues
Real date: April 21th, Tuesday

Today morning, I actually got up at 5 o'clock, dressed up, made myself ready and studied. (I read a book). At 7 o'clock, Wakari san called me for breakfast. As I always come downstairs at about 7:10, I do not understand, why she called me. When I stood up, it rained a bit, but at about 7 o'clock, it had stopped. I wonder, whether this is regardes as rain (If it does cound as rain, we will not have the sports test today.) I thought, it was no rain, so I originally only took a few things to school. But as I did not want to risk anything, I quickly also took my books with me.

4/18/2016

travel2japan #41 Speaking Japanese

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Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba wit
h a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#41 Speaking Japanese 
Real date: April 20th, Monday

Today, I want to search for new photos of flowers at the PC. Today, I woke up at 5 o'clock and really wanted to stand up but somehow, I fell asleep again. Today's breakfast was an apple, cornflakes with milk, an onigiri (rice ball) and vegetable juice. It was delicious, but Wakari san only spoke to me in English. Why? If I always speak English in Japan, it is pointless to be here. I want to learn Japanese but if everone is speaking English, this is impossible. Wakari san herself said (when she picked me up at the station), that she wants to speak only Japanese with me but now, she is speaking more Enlgish. I always answer in Japanese but she then again speaks English. Why?

4/17/2016

travel2japan #40 a short day with a lot of food

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Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#40 a short day with a lot of food
Real date: April 19th, Sunday

Today, I woke up at 5 o'clock but I really stood up at half past 7. It is my aim to stand up at 5 o'clock. The breakfast was tasty and I asked two questions, but Kouta san and Wakari san both answered in Englisch :(. But the day before yester
day, Kouta san spoke a bit Japanese with me.

4/16/2016

travel2japan #39 a lot of tasty dishes & an artificial island


Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba wit
h a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#39 a lot of tasty dishes  & an artificial island
Real date: April 18th, Saturday

the artificial island
Although Wakari san had told me that it is okay to sleep till 8 or 9 o'clock today, I was already at 7:30 sitting at the kitchen table. The breakfast consisted of bread, apples, a small salad, sousage, tomato, cucumber, scumbled eggs and vegetable juice, it was really delicious!

4/15/2016

travel2japan #38 the girl from ESS club

Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba wit
h a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#38 the girsl from ESS club
Real date: April 17th, Friday

I woke up at 5 a o'clock and studied but somehow, I felt asleep till 6:15, when I really woke up.
The breakfast was tasty, but the eggs were somehow cold..
From now, I am not going to write in this diary, when I am hungry. I will see this as a 4 1/2 month diet.

4/14/2016

travel2japan #37 Gyouza & home economica class


Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba wit
h a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#37 Gyouza & home economica class
Real date: April 16th, Thursday

Yesterday, Kouta san came home and I showed him my calligraphy drawings ('They are good') Then, I took a shower. Because I was hungry, I drank a lot till I was feeling sick but then I was not hungry anymore.
This morning, I got up at 6:25. Breakfast was already there but because Wakari san was still in the bathroom. I waited for her to come. I think, she was quite astonished. Breakfast was tasty but Kouta san is smacking the whole time.

4/13/2016

travel2japan #36 obento

Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba wit
h a host family. 

I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#36 obento
Real date: April 15th, Wednesday

Today was the first day; I started writing diary in school (in the library). Today morning, I studied from 5 o'clock to 5:45 with Anki. I wanted to study till 6 o'clock but I did not because I was too tired. So I slept till 6:25 and stayed in bed till 6:40.

4/11/2016

travel2japan #35 misunderstandings

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Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba wit
h a host family. 

I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#35 misunderstandings
Real date: April 14th, Tuesday

Today morning, I woke up at 5 o'clock but then I slept till 6:30. I have a (little) new studying plan: In the early morning and the late evening, I want to study in bed. Then, I can study vocabulary or grammar at my smartphone with the Anki app. Today evening, I want to write N5 grammar in there. Vocabulary is already there.

4/10/2016

travel2japan #34 real calligraphy club

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Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#34 real calligraphy club
Real date: April 13th, Monday

Today, I got up at 6:45, too late, but it was still okay. 
After the tasty breakfast, Wakari san and Kouta san went with the car to the station. I went with them so I was as early as 8 o'clock at the school.
Today, I took my small pink bag and a big folder to school. It was a bit rainy.

4/09/2016

travel2japan #33 Korean meat and big buddahs


Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba wit
h a host family. 

I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#33 Korean meat and big buddahs
Real date: April 12th, Sunday



Last night, I had an interesting dream. I dreamed, I was a pirate in One Piece. Suddenly, boys came and fought us. We locked a guy in the bathroom. In there, he said, that he wants to join the strawheads. Because I liked him, I fled (?). Then, I was in my house (in Germany). I abseiled down from there quickly, but in the garden, there were my mother and my brother, They wanted to play football with me, but I did not want. But they forced me.

4/08/2016

travel2japan #32 A saturday with noodles

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Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#32  A saturday with noodles
Real date: April 11th, Saturday

Today morning, I opened my eyes at 6:30 but I got up at 7 o'clock. Somehow, my pigtails is not very pretty.  Today's breakfast was tomatos, cucumber, salad, bread with jam and vegetable juice, tasty! I saw Wakari san preparing the vegetable juice, she puts in milk and honey.

4/07/2016

travel2japan #31 P.E. & calligraphy class


Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#31 P.E & calligraphy class
Real date: April 10th, Friday

Sometimes, I only understand Japanese people if they are speaking Japanese, because their explainations in English are a little...
Today morning, Ithouoght, I got up at 6:50, but in reality it was 5:50. This night's dream was weird. I dreamed something about a song.

4/06/2016

travel2japan #30 about school and students


Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#30 about school and students
Real date: April 9th, Thursday

Last night was very cold. When I woke up, me feet were freezing. I had a weird dream; I dreamed, I would have returned to Germany but was sad, because I still could not speak Japanese very well and then I remembered that I had want to come home in July.

4/04/2016

travel2japan #29 my first really confusing school day

Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#29 my first really confusing school day 
Real date: April 8th, Wednesday

Good morning. Today, I woke up at 6 o'clock, but as I did not know what to do, I stayed in bed till 6:40. Tomorrow, I want to read before breakfast.
While I ate breakfast, Wakari san prepared my obento. It looks really tasty.
Because today is my first real schoolday, I went to school earlier. I wanted to leave at 7:40, but because it was cold and rainy, I doned a cap and a scarf and took an umbrella with me, so I was a bit late.
It was very cold and because my knees were naked, I freezed there. I searched for the way to school. At the school's entry, there was a stand for umbrellas, where I put my umbrella in. I also changed shoes.
Here, the teacher makes a lot of explainations before the classes start. I had a notebook with me, but there were a lot of things, I did not understand. I got some papers, but a lot not. I sometimes asked the girl sitting in front of me. Every studentis engaged in a club. Some kind of work was distributed.
Students are not allowed to wear accessories. Then, it was talked about a kind of university test.
After 10 minutes, a bell rang, the teacher went out and the students went around and talked with each other. Then we had classes. I sometimes asked the girl sitting in front of me about something. It was fun and I understood a bit. After school, I talked to a third grader in English. (He was one of the guys involved in the Australian exchange programm) in front of a classroom,
At 10 o'clock, I went to the room, where we met the Australian students. We got in groups and played the games. At the end, we received some Japanese sweets. It was fun.
After that, we went back in our classroom, where the next lesson was 'politics& economics'. I, however, would not study this subject, so I was confused but I did not want to say something, so I stayed there and hoped that the teacher would not recognize it.
My next class was Fine Arts, so I asked a teacher to show me the way there. But because today is some kind of special day, We do not have the classes 5 to 7 but instead the ones from 2 to 4 (?).
So, my next class was mathematics. I entered the room. Because it was an orientation day, they did not do methematics. I introuduced myself and the teacher handed round an explainaation paper.
I talked a bit to the teacher, who can speak German. I thought, he told me that he had studied German for one year, but he studied it for 5 years. It's impressing!
Today's obento were sausages, meat, rice with vegetables, an egg and vegetables. It was very tasty!
The next class after mathematics was English. I think I was the best there, but Japanese student really do not speak English (because they are too afraid). My homeroom (and English) teacher is very nice.
Because I like drawing, I wanted to try out the Fine Arts club today. There the teacher asked me, where I am from and I showed him the city on a map.
After that, we got pencils and drew on a real canvas! The teacher went around and gave everyone further drawing instructions, but he kind of hesitated to go to me. Everybody was silent. But there, the first time somebody said my Japanese to be okay (the teacher).
I drew a still life. When I had to go, the teacher looked at my picture and said it was good. A girl distributed small cookies, everyone ate.
Today, two Japanese girls said, they liked my eyes. I did not really know what to say, so I jsut said 'Thank you'. I do not know whether this was polite.
I went home but I forgot to take the umbrella wih me. But it was okay. At home, Wakari san told me how to clean my obento. After dinner, Kouta san came home.
It is very cold and today it was rainy to snowy. Even in bed, it was cold.
Wakari san said, I may go to Akihabara or Shibuya (districts of Tokyo) with my counselor in July. ~:)

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4/03/2016

travel2japan #28 shopping on a free day

Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#28 shopping on a free day
Real date: April 7th, Tuesday

(Today, there are no classes in school) It is raining very much. Because the cat was so hungry, it meowed the entire morning. Here, the toilet paper is so thin! Yesterday, some Japanese girls said that my stomach is so flat.
Because it was so cold, Wakari san brought in a kind of warming machine.
Today, Wakari san is going to the university. She wents to Tokyo for about 2 hours, lectures there one and a half hour and then goes back another two hours. So, she is not home from 11am to 4pm. Because she will not be there, I have to make my own lunch.
Wakari san went shopping, but she returned very soon.
Because I often watch children's TV, I now know one of it's songs almost by heart. Now, Wakari has did the laundry, so I will do mine.
When we were to Ginza, Wakari san said, that Abercrombie&Fitch would suit my style(?)
Now, I am writing a letter to my family back home. I want to send it on saturdays.
I usually do one chapter of Kanji training each day, but as I was to school yesterday, I did not. But because I am not to school today, I will do it.
Wakari san has left. I studied a bit and then went to daiso (one-coint store) where I bought a present for my little brother. I bought three things, that I want to send him for his confirmation in May.
I also went to the bookstore. There, I saw a funny One Piece and Rilakkuma pencil case as well as copic markers for 205 yen each. (That's about 2 Euros. Here, they cost about 5 Euros). While shopping, I wore a mask. It is convenient (and pretty)
In a drug store, I bought a bread. At home, I ate the bread with jam and prepared the presents for my brother.
Then, I searched the internet for the JLPT N4 and N5 grammar. The internet here is slow, but it's okay.
At 4 o'clock, I fed the cat.
Somehow, I only studied a bit Japanese today. Tomorrow, I will study Japanese for one hour in the library (where is it?).
Wakari san said she would come home at half past 4 but she came at 5:15. Because Japanese people use to be very on time, I was a bit worried. I wrote a message to Wakari san but she did not take her phone with her. When she then eventually returned, I was faciliated.
Wakari san often said: 'I am sorry'. I think she was late because of the train.
Todays dinner was raw fish, salad, vegetables and onigiri (rice balls). The desert was icecream. Tasty!
I was told that the current school uniform is the winter uniform. So, the other one is the summer/ autumn uniform, I guess. So, the winter uniform consist of knee socks, a skirt to the knees, a blouse, a top and a jacket. In the winter! The knees are nacked! But a lot of students said that they do not like their uniform.
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Esters English is better than mine but she cannot speak Japanese.
In TV, there are a lot of talk shows, where Wakari san often laughs while watching. Because the TV shows are interesting, I often get distracted by them.
I may want to cut my hair to bangs.
This evening, there was an earthquake. We watched TV and Wakari san slept a bit. Then, the whole place shaked a bit. Then it was over. Somehow, the earthquake was funny.
I like the TV drama 'Mare'.
My first schoolday yesterday was interesting.

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4/02/2016

travel2japan #27 my first schoolday


Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#27 my first schoolday
Real date: April 6th, Monday

Ooh, it's my first day of school!  Besides me, there is another exchange student going to this school; her name is Amber and she is from the Netherlands. Today, I met her. At a schools paper, my name was written wrongly; 'Hpey LEVREY'. I forgot the present for my school! But as nobody noticed that, I think, it is okay.

4/01/2016

travel2japan #26 a shopping mall & my Japanese

Hey guys!
So, I was to Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

#26 a shopping mall & my Japanese
Real date: April 5th, Sunday

This morning, I got up on time, but as Wakari san is going somewhere (by train) today, she stood up early and was in the bathroom,so I played with the cat a little.