Hey guys It’s Sherry, Kanta, Anna and Ayaka Now….Ah Today… Made a mistake right from the start Hey guys It’s Sherry, Kanta, Anna, and Ayaka Today, we’re gonna talk about our Study abroad experiences in the US, England, and New Zealand I, Sherry, have experience in attending both high school and university in the US I came back to Japan in 2013 And now I have my own English school and teach English to kids to adults And also, I make YouTube videos about the countryside of Japan to the world I’m Kanta I went to the UK to study science at Cambridge university for 2 weeks when I was a high school student Now I study biology in university in Ehime, Japan Hi, I’m Anna I’m in grade 12 I went to Seattle in the USA when I was a freshman And I went to Wellington in New Zealand in March Both times I used my school’s short-term study abroad program and stayed about 2 weeks during spring break Hi I’m Ayaka I went to New Zealand for a year as an exchange student for my school’s sister school And now I’m aiming to pass the entrance exam of university in Japan to learn different languages there So we’re all currently living in Ehime prefecture To see what Ehime looks like, check out my other videos on SherryBerry in Ehime We wish we were still out there so that we could show you around as we talk But unfortunately, we are all back to Japan So instead, we’ll discuss pros and cons difficulties and achievements of our studying abroad experiences We all brought in some questions for each other So let’s get started Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay So who’s gonna go first? I’ll go first I decided to study abroad when I was in elementary school I started learning English when I was like 3 And for some reason, I thought once in my life I had to go study abroad I don’t (didn’t) want to go study abroad But my English teacher said, “You go!” When I was in junior high, I knew my high school has a long-term exchange program So that’s why And you? Me? I wanted to study abroad, but I’m living in very rural area I think (it’s) about one and a half or two hours By? By train And walk And car And you come to high school eveyday Yes That’s insane This girl is insane But anyway, how did you decide to study abroad? I didn’t know how (what) should I do to study abroad But my school has a study abroad program So I decided to go to this school Oh so you knew about the study abroad program first And you decided to go to that high school Anna When I went to Seattle, most students were eating snacks in the class That happens, yes And the class (school) finish at 2:30pm 2:30! Yeah, it’s so fast That’s late Ya Mine was 1:30pm Mine was 3:30pm 3:30pm Okay Interesting But I have class, 8 class In the, my school In Japan So I finish at 6pm 6! It’s already dark It’s crazy It is crazy, and you go to school on Saturdays too right? In Japan But we finish like maybe 4 O’clock 4 O’clock But still 4 O’clock, it’s like all day I never went to university in Japan So I can’t really compare But since he is a university student Yes In Ehime He goes to Ehime university He’s always in the house Like, ya, he does his homework here and there But he goes fishing more than he goes to college Really? I always go fishing Right? And you have a part-time job Yes So you have time to go fishing and a part-time job and a little bit of …. And fishing Fishing again Then a little bit of school And you are in uh 3rd grade, right? Ya, 3rd grade So you’re, you’re a junior And he is one of the top students Yes And on the other hand, university, my university life No sleep Uh no free time No sociali… No socialization what so ever All the time study Ya, all the time study, you live in the library basically Did you have a lot of homework? Uh, ya, I had a lot of like essays and stuff like that And so lots of reading, ha, lots of typing It’s just like crazy And also, I majored in theater So I was doing acting And so I had to practice for my auditions And I had to, I was working in the theater on campus Which was fun Because I get to play with the lighting tools and program and stuff like that But still, on top of all the the study so… That’s your question Sorry Did you have host families? Yes My host family was kind of (to) me And my, they know, they have known my English skills So they listened carefully what I was talking about Mine is kinda similar They are nice, they are a really nice couple First problem that I had was that my host mom was Japanese I ended up going to Hawaii and I hated that Because there are so many Japanese people Like I wanna go somewhere that there is no Japanese people that I have to speak English English English … everyday I’m that kinda person I remember that the very first moment I met her I said “I never wanna talk (in) Japanese. Only English” The second problem is Second? Second problem is (that) my host dad Host dad is from Georgia, and uh, he has a really thick southern accent I was already struggling with how fast they spo.. they spoke English And uh, I wanted them to like slow down Like “I don’t understand. Like I know the words but I need to catch up so just slow down” But they never do that lol And in addition to that, my dad was like speaking a pure southern accent And you are like “Uh…..WHAT!?” Have you guys had any like Yeah Ya? I, I said in America, I said “I want to go to toilet” But it’s not (toilet) And they said, “What? What’s toilet?” Right But in New Zealand, I said “toilet” “Oh, you go toilet?” Americans say “elevator” But so in England, people say “lift” “Take a shower” and “Have a shower” “Take a shower” That bothers me so much And people say “togs” “Togs” means “swimwear” True It’s a Kiwi English Kiwi English is New Zealand English Everyone in Japan says, like my English teachers or They say “You have like a strong New Zealand accent” I feel like I’m talking like WRONG (English) lol If you are from New Zealand, could you tell us down in the comments that if she has a New Zealand accent Ya so we are looking forward to hearing from you But it’s cute Ya it is cute I really like her accent though Like American accent is really like strong Dah And then like you’re like kinda like soft and round Yes Definitely We often use internet Internet is not restrict by physical distance So we can communicate (with) many foreign people Like if you can speak English then like you can suddenly access to many different things on internet I usually use trains to go to school everyday And sometimes there is people who is not Japanese Even though the people are not from English-speaking counties But English is probably the only way to communicate I want to use English in the future for a job or Ya so I think I need English English is just a tool Like a communication tool Like it’s not like if you can speak English, that means you can get a good job or anything like that But still if there are two people who have the same amount of experience and similar personalities And one person can’t speak English and one person can And then which one would you choose? And then definitely, who can, who speaks English Ya, it a rural area, but like Kanta said The world is now connected I don’t think it matters where you live And then, you never know where you go It’s just for your future Alright, so I guess that’s all for today And if you find this video helpful, please give us a thumbs up We might do Part II in the future Also, please share your studying abroad stories or questions down in the comments Thank you for watching, I hope to see you again soon Bye Finally We did it…