Have fun! This sound like an amazing experience. I remember being with a host family twice in France and it really was a great time. If you are staying with a local family your Japanese will grow in leaps and bounds for sure.
Look forward to reading your experiences.
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You don't know me yet, but I hope we will meet one day. I live in Washington DC and have never been to Japan. Your mom told me about your trip and I have enjoyed reading your posts.
You have a wonderful opportunity to learn and explore a different language and culture, and it's clear that you will take full advantage of that opportunity. As we like to say in our family, "Have fun and learn a lot!"
~~The end of the first day~~
The first meal was great, I was actually surprised of how tasty it was. I don't know the name, but it was some kind of curry sause with meat and rice.
Then we talked about all kinds of random stuff, mostly in Japanese. Even though it's broken Japanese on my side, it's still Japanese.
Afterwards we went out for a walk to take pictures. Because we are in the middle of Osaka there wasn't a lot to take pictures from. But I got the chance to try some kind of Japanese sweets and drinks.
And let's not talk way too much about the bathroom, but I'll tell you that there is a television with the bath thub, which surprised me as well.
I looked it up on google images, and it was カレー indeed. xD
Nice. Osaka is my favorite place in Japan, mostly cuz it has the best people.
Oh, yes. カリー and カレー are both in the dictionary so I thought I had it right since カリー exists.... but now that you mention it カレー is the one that I always hear.
Today both my host brother and my host sister had to go to school, (I'll have my first schoolday tomorrow by the way,) so me and my host mother decided to go outside for some sight-seeing.
First of all, we went with the metro. I experienced a 満員電車, which is a full train, and surprisingly a totally empty metro as well. Then we arrived at the Osaka castle, and I was surprised at how big it actually was. It had a moat around it, and after entering through the main gate, you can walk quite a bit and and go over another moat and then you are next to the main tower. The main tower is high, and after going to the top I was able to make pictures of the city and the mountains in the background. Though I have no idea how to upload them on this forum, so if anyone knows how to upload these pictures from my computer, then please teach me.
After visiting the Osaka castle, we proceeded to go to a ramen restaurant and I ate ramen for the first time. And even though it was a lot, I somehow succeeded to eat the whole thing. I also saw the place called づぼらや, and I took a picture of the fugu balloon as well.
Well, tomorrow will be my first school day, so I'm quite curious about how that'll go.
Well, it turned out that I understood some things wrong, because it wasn't my first schoolday today. I had to go to school to talk to some teachers. Because the students at my school hava a testweek, my first day at school will be Monday. My host brother is jealous that I'm free until Monday.
I've been hearing almost only Japanese for three days in a row now, and I think my listening skills are becoming better. And I'm also getting skillful at resisting warmth.
Today was a very relaxed day. We went shopping today, thus I got the chance to go on a hunt for candy. And I found a very sour pack of candy. On it were these two kanji written: 注意. Which means 'watch out'. For me it was strong, but nothing surprisingly strong, but when I thought about it, I realized that Japanese food usually has a less extreme taste than western food, so when they do eat something with a strong flavour, they feel it as if it's more extreme. This theory was proven when my host sister asked me whether she could try one, and after I said that it was okay, she proceeded to eat one. And I was able to judge from her facial expression that it was very sour. During the rest of the shopping I was surprised by the voriety of stuff that one could find here.
I also notice that my Japanese is getting way better (and more casual). So that's interesting to notice. ~
Today was full of interesting things!
Let's start off with the fact that until today, I woke up at around 5 o'clock in the morning. And that's probably because of the warmth here, even at night. But tonight it was raining, so it was colder, and I slept ten hours without waking up in between them. So now I finally got rid of all this jetlag.
Then this morning, my hostbrother and I went karaoke-ing together. I apparently don't know any popular songs, because I haven't heard of most of the songs we sang, even the English ones. And we also tries singing songs in languages that both of us didn't know, the Chinese 水手 for example.
After that, my host brother and me went to a bookstore. He bought a book which had English words that you won't be tested upon by school. Some of those words are a bit 'informal', and others are a bit uncommon. And which book did I buy? Well, I didn't think I would find this book, but I did. It's called 正しい*****の使い方, and it means "the correct way to use *****". I'm sure most of you Japanese leaners know this book.
Then I met up with a friend I met in Skype who was in Osaka as well. It was quite interesting, because I've been speaking with this guy since November, and this was the first time we met in real life. We ate in some kind of horror restaurant, and I was ate a human eyeball. (Not an actually real one, but one made out of a jelly-ish thing.)