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英語リスニング - No.519 Exchange Student

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Kate talk about being an exchange students.

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Todd: Kate, yousaid you were an exchange student when you were younger?

Kate: That's right. When I was 15 I went to Tokyo, Japan for just 2 weeks on a high schoolexchange.

Todd: So wereyou alone or with your school?

Kate: Erm I was…Wellyou could say I was alone. I went with a group of about 7 people aroundabout the same age and they were from the same city.

Todd: What wasit like living with a Japanese family?

Kate: Oh it wasvery interesting. The customs were so different. The family was reallygreat to me, really kind and caring.

Todd: What isdifferent about the Japanese lifestyle and the lifestyle in New Zealand?

Kate:Erm, in a way they have this togetherness, the family. The traditionalway is that the mother is home all day: she is a housewife and she willwake up at 5 o'clock in the morning, make the breakfast for the wholefamily and then she is at the home all day cleaning. Then when the kidscome home and she makes them dinner and finally the father comes homevery late at night after work, and then he gets his dinner. Very, verydifferent from my family which is everybody just gets their own dinner. Everyone is independent.

Todd: Wow thatis a lot different. Any other differences like, for example, bathingor sleeping or eating or anything like that?

Kate: Bathing,yeah. They share ofuro… it's like, they share a bath. I think it startswhen they're children. I'm not sure, I can't quite remember but theyall share the same water, they don't waste water. They are very conservative.

Todd:So one person gets in the bath, then the next person, then the next?

Kate: That's right.

Todd: Separately?

Kate: Separately.

Todd: Oh, interesting.Ok! And what about sleeping? Did you sleep on a bed or a futon?

Kate: I slepton a futon which to me… it felt like the floor. I might as well justput the futon away and slept on the floor but I got used to it.

Todd: What doyou prefer now: a futon or a bed?

Kate: I have abed now but I don't mind a futon. I've really gotten used to it.

Todd: So you obviouslyhave really good memories having an exchange… or being an exchangestudent. Would you like to have an exchange student some day?

Kate: Yes, ofcourse. I've had 3 already actually in my house.

Todd: Really?

Kate: Yes, becausewhen you go to Japan you're expected to have a host sister or host brothercome back to New Zealand the next year, the following year.

Todd: Ah, I see.

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