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Ami tells us about her experiences in Canada

Ami, one of our first-year students currently studying at Vancouver Island University in Canada, tells us about her experiences.


I want to expand the possibilities of my future dreams. Since I was a child, I have always wanted to work in an English-speaking profession and interact with people from all over the world. Therefore, I decided to study abroad, which was my dream, while I was still a freshman, because I would be busy with job hunting in my third or fourth year.


It was the first time for me to go abroad, so I was very nervous. I was also not at all confident in my English ability. However, the most important thing I am trying to do during my study abroad is to be proactive and let go of my feelings of embarrassment. By doing so, I am able to converse with local people and get along well with my host family without any nervousness. Of course, there are times when I made mistakes in grammar, vocabulary, expressions, and listening comprehension, and people pointed them out to me. However, each time I was told, I naturally learned from it and it turned out to be my strength. I think this is something you can only learn from studying abroad. Also, I was able to learn unique foreign slang that I did not learn at school through these conversations. In Canada, where I am studying abroad, each homestay family had different ethnic roots, so I enjoyed sharing food with my friends at lunch time and tasting the cultural differences. I think it was a good social experience because I could notice the difference between Canada and Japan in terms of daily life. It is definitely different from the English you learn in Japan. I think I can improve my English skills because I learn English through my daily life. Therefore, I would like to recommend this study abroad experience to everyone.

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