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I enjoyed the English camp a lot. I think that every one of us had a very good time.
We set at Yokkaichi Station.Before I got on the train I knew nobody except Miss Zhen, but we introduced ourselves to each other in the train. Next moment, we were enjoying chatting together in English. I couldn't believe we had only just known each other for a moment.
At the training camp, the air was very fresh and the natural scenery all around was very beautiful. First we were divided up into three groups. I was in luck because the girls in the same group with me were very fair and sweet (laugh). We would be playing a game called "scavenger hunt" on the second day. So we needed to find some difficult questions for the other groups. We just took a walk around the hotel and we found some questions that would maybe take a lot of time to get the answers for. That was not bad : -)
We cooked for ourselves, with each team cooking in turn. We also help other people cooking and cleaned up the tables. After that we played games. In the first round my group was a long way behind the others. But we worked hard and did the best we could, and in the end we won the game. We were so happy to convert defeat into victory.
The second night I was deeply moved by a birthday party that was held. I and a girl in the same group as me had almost the same birthday. The others celebrated our birthdays. We got flowers and were given a birthday party. That was one of the best birthdays in my life. I was so happy that I don't know what to say. I can just say thank you to everyone. Thank you for the birthday party.
After a while we went out and made a camp fire on the beach. We played games with the teachers, and we enjoyed it a lot.
Through the Short-term English House, I made many new friends and improved my English. Next time I want to join in it again. Let's enjoy English. Last of all, thanks to the ESL for everything.
I was tense because I had never spoken to almost all the people, but we readily made friends because people were all so friendly. We introduced ourselves to each other and we told about school life and hobbies.
In the evening, after we arrived at the cottages, we enjoyed playing a game. Then we ate dinner. The menu for the day was pasta with 2 kinds of tomato sauce (seafood and vegetable) and salad. It was all very good.
After dinner, we enjoyed playing the Pictionary game. I was at a bit of a loss because I couldnft express the word I wanted to, but it was a fast exciting game and we had a good time.
After that, we went to the nearby hot spring. I hadnft been there for a long time. Then we went for an open?air bath, and looked up at the sky, I was enchanted by the beautiful sight of all the stars twinkling up there.
Finally we returned to our own cottage. The people in my team got together to think about questions for tomorrowfs gscavenger hunth. And then I went to bed. But I didnft sleep well because my nose was stuffed up.
March 18 (Wed)
I got up at 6:00 for our teamfs turn to make breakfast. We assembled at 7:00. Todayfs menu was toast, rolls, scrambled eggs, salad and soup. I took charge of making the scrambled eggs. I have never scrambled eggs for 15 people, so it was no easy matter. But somehow it was fun. Then, everyone ate breakfast with gusto, and that made me glad.
After breakfast, Mr. Kirk and Mr. Dykes taught us some Cooking English. I found the lesson good. And then we ate lunch. The lunch menu was beef stew with 2 kinds of sauce (regular & tomato).
Then we enjoyed the scavenger hunt. We were given questions made by another team. It was very difficult. It took us 40 minutes, and our team finished last. But there were no mistakes. I felt wonderful because of the great cooperation among own team members.
Mr. Bray arrived during the scavenger hunt, and we enjoyed a snack time. After that, we ate dinner. The dinner menu was soy sauce NABE and miso NABE. A NABE is a kind of potluck meal. Both of these NABE were delicious. I had several extra helpings.
Then, we had a birthday party for Chin Rai and Yukako. The plans for this were secret, and both of them were surprised. We gave them a bunch of flowers each and a cake.
After that, we went out and enjoyed a camp fire. We had a good time.
March 19 (Thu)
After breakfast, we packed up our things, and then we took a walk around the hotel grounds. There were various species of plants to look at. Then we climbed up to a lookout point and gazed at the very beautiful view. After getting back to the hotel, we ate lunch and then it was time to leave.?
We had a good 3 days, but I found that when I was together with Japanese people we spoke only Japanese. We had to speak English, but I spoke Japanese. Still, this program jolted my thinking, because there was a collection of people including native English speakers and students from several countries. So it gave me a stimulus to try to use English.?
I want to take advantage of this opportunity and go on making progress in my English.
I felt it was a good activity in nice cottages. I also think I used English more than I did last year. So I made many friends and had a good time. I want to go again next time.
This training camp was a very happy experience for me.
I felt full of unease at first. I wondered if would spend all day on my own not being able to speak English with people. However, we began using English more in our group when we needed to talk about making the meal. Because we wanted to communicate in English, we just talked on while looking things up in the dictionary.
The activity that left an impression on me was the scavenger hunt. I think everyone had to think about the questions, and in that way our bonds deepened.
The thing that surprised me most was being given a birthday party. When the lights went out in the room and the cake and the flowers were brought in, it was so moving that I felt tears coming on.
In the three days it was possible to get intimate with people, and it was a very good experience talking with the international and junior-year students. There was a mysterious feeling of being in an overseas country though we were really in Japan.
For the future, I have a strong motivation to study English. I will never forget the time we shared.
The first day
When I got back to the station, somebody else had arrived there too. It was Takaaki, I had met him before at the university. Then along came our teacher Dan. He had two bags with him. One was hanging in the front.? The other one was hanging in the back. We exchanged greetings. Gradually more and more people came. While I was absorbed in chatting, somebody hit my back suddenly. After I turned around I found Professor Iwasaki was there. She never told me that she would come. It was a surprise. She brought some donuts for us and took photos of us, but she had to go back to the university soon, she said. However, for her donuts, we forgave her (joking, laughc)
gLetfs goh the sweet cottages must be waiting for us. I couldnft help thinking of it. It took about three hours to get to the hotel ,but thanks to the smiling sun, the donuts, and the beautiful scenery, it didnft seem to take such a long time. On the way we spotted some pearl factories and oyster farms.
At the hotel, our teacher Syoko was already waiting for us. It was a quiet place, and eventually we saw our sweet cottages. They seemed to be waving to us, and saying gwelcome, girls and guysh.
We were divided into three teams and chose our own team names. The names were globsterh, gpearl shellh and ghappy timeh. I belonged to the Lobster team. After walked around the hotel grounds, we had pasta and salad for dinner which was prepared by the Happy-time team. It was delicious. Then we had some chatting time and played games.
Before we went to bed, some of us went to the hot spring. That was the end of the first day.
The second day
As soon as we finished breakfast, we set off for a Scavenger Hunt. Do you know the gameHWe prepared the questions about the hotel grounds ahead for another team. And they prepared questions for us. After we got the questions, we had to try to find the answers all around the hotel. The time was limited, and the team that completed the questions fastest would be the winner. We all tried our best, but the most important thing was not who was the winner, but having fun through the game, as we tried to use English and cooperate with others.
In the day, we also had an English cooking lesson. You know there is usually little chance to use English in daily life, especially for cooking. Teacher Dan told us how to make the onion soup. We noted down what was said so that we could repeat it by ourselves. And we exchanged ideas about food culture in English. Through the lesson I found one more thing that was interesting. Most of us came to like a particular word. I will tell you what it was in a moment. Do you ever warm things up in the microwaveHAnd do you know a shorter expression for it? It is NUKE. It sounds terrible, doesnft it! It is explained as to gattack a place with nuclear weaponshin the dictionary. However, we can also use NUKE to mean gwarm something up in the microwaveh. So we nuked our rice-balls, pasta and milk and so on for the following days.
On the second evening we had a campfire. We decided the campfire games by ourselves, and we wanted the teachers to join in the game too. So we prepared parts for the teachers.
By the way, just before we went to the campfire, something surprising happened just as we were finishing singing with our teacher Eric. The lights were turned off, and somebody brought two birthday cakes and flowers in. we didnft even know what had happened and whose birthdays they were. It was a surprise.
Ok, letfs get back to talking about the campfire.
It was dark and we walked along the quiet road with our flashlights. The wind blew, the leaves sounded happy to welcome the beautiful night. The stars shone, and seemed to be smiling to us and sayinggDonft be afraid, we are here to protect you from dangers, we will give you lighth. Then we got to the sea. The sand is so soft that it made you want to lay down and enjoy the sea breeze and talk with the starsc but we had to gather some tree branches for the campfire. We gathered around the fire to listen to songs and did some games.
The time flew, and soon it was time to take the same road back...
There had been so much fun and excitement c That night I slept especially soundly, even if there had been an earthquake I would not have woken up.
The third day
When I got up, I found it was extremely quiet, nobody had got up except me. When I met our teacher David, he told me that something had happened in the second night. One of our team-members had been taken sick suddenly, and at that time he was still in the hospital. However, thank goodness, he was all right.
I was very happy to be with a lot of really good people, because they helped me
I had a good time when we went to Kashikojima, and it will stay with me as a fine memory. The things on the program were all fun, and I was able to get a lot of good experience. So through that, I came to like English more.
Particularly I was happy that we had a chance to cook, because I found that it made our group cooperate with each other. It felt great to complete a task that everyone was participating in.
My favorite activity was walking through the natural surroundings. When we arrived at the observation point, we saw a beautiful view.
I want to go back another time with all my friends. And of course, we must talk English.
I found it very good that I took part in this English language camp, because it gave me a precious experience that I will remember all my life.
I will make a few remarks about the Short-term English House Program.
First, I have found that I haven't spoken enough English since getting back from Australia a year ago. I can speak English with native English speakers and other overseas people, but I don't know why I can't speak English with Japanese.
On the 17th, when we assembled at Yokkaichi Kintetsu Station, I found that a total of 16 people were taking part (8 students from Yokkaichi University, 4 from Yokkaichi Nursing and Medical University, and 4 great teachers).
We spent three days near Ise in the south of Mie prefecture, and we stayed in cottages belonging to the Hotel Aqua Villa.
All in all, I really enjoyed these days. I can speak English more than before I joined the program and I had a chance to make some good friends.
Thank you, guys.
Thank you, professors.
Thank you, Ms. Shoko.