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2018/02/22

留学体験記2

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本校四年生でアメリカ合衆国に留学中の中岡茉凛さんから近況報告が届きました。



A Happy New Year, everyone!  I have been in the United States for four months and more now.  I am in Christmas break now.  The first semester ended on December twenty-second.  Some of you are may interested in American high school, so today, I am going to tell you about it. 
In American high school, each student has our own class schedule.  This is my one in the last semester.

 1st  Geometry  8:05 ~ 9:29 
  2A  Band  9:37 ~10:27 
  2B  Choir 10:34 ~11:24 
  Lunch
  3rd  US History  11:54 ~ 1:18 
  4th   English 9  1:26 ~  2:50

(I am supposed to take English 10 because I am in tenth grade, but I made my grade down only in English, and I am taking English 9 with freshman because English is my second language.)
In my school, we study on a same schedule every day for a semester (We have two semesters in a schoolyear.), so we are going to change classes from after this break.  We can choose which classes we want to take, but we also have classes which we must take like English.  We put our stuff in our own locker in the morning after we arrived at school, and take things to need to the classroom.   In my school, students are not allowed to take our bags to classrooms, so we need to go to our locker before every class.
 My favorite class is Band.  We do Matching Band while the football game season (usually from September to beginning of November).  I wanted to do Color Guard, but my school band doesn’t have it, so I am playing the mallet instruments.  We practice during the class, and do a performance in the half time show of home games and cheer for Hornets, my school’s football team (Our school character is a hornet!), on the stand.  After that, we work as Symphonic Band.  We practice for Collage Concert.  We had the concert as Christmas concert just about two weeks ago.  I am in choir and band, so I participated as both.  It was so good.
 The class which I was most interested in is US History.  It was hard for me at first because words are difficult, I didn’t know much about US history, and the teacher gave us a lot of projects and homework (We also had tests almost every week!), but I became used to that a month later.  When we learned about WWII including the war in the Pacific, I was sometimes a kind of uncomfortable in the class, but more than that, I was really interested in it.  I could learn WWII from the opposite side.  We listened to the radio which was aired right after the Attack on the Pearl Harbor.  My friend said his great-grandfather had been at the Pearl Harbor when Japan attacked there.  I could know things that I probably cannot know in Japan.  I felt there was a real war between Japan and America.  Some of my friends asked me how we learn about WWII in Japan.  It was very interesting for me to talk about the war with them.
 We don’t have school uniform.  Usually, only private schools have it in America.  School rules tend to be laxer than Japanese one.  Students enjoy their own fashion every day including painting nails, dyeing hair, makeup, ….  It depends on teachers, but we can drink and eat in the class.  We use computers a lot.  For example, when we write an essay, we just type it in a laptop, and send it to the teacher.  There are many other differences between American school and Japanese school.  I was sometimes confused during the first month at school because of so many differences of school systems, culture, and so on, but I already got used to that because my teachers and friends are nice to me.  I really enjoy my school life in the U.S.
 It is very cold in where I live.  The temperature is sometimes around -20℃. (You know we use Fahrenheit in the U.S.  It is sometimes confusing.)  I am sure it also gets cold in Japan, so please take care of yourself.
Thank you for reading.
Marin Nakaoka



<日本語訳まとめ>
 みなさん、あけましておめでとうございます。私がアメリカに来て4ヶ月以上になります。今回はアメリカの高校について報告しようと思います。
 アメリカの高校では、個人の生徒が自分自身の時間割りを持ちます。私の学校では、1つの学期の間、毎日同じ時間割で生活します。(ちなみに2学期制です。)生徒はどの授業を取りたいか選ぶことができますが、英語のように必修科目もあります。朝、学校に着くと荷物を自分のロッカーに入れ、授業に必要なものだけ教室に持っていきます。
 私が1番好きなバンドの授業では、アメリカンフットボールのゲームシーズンの間は私が好きなマーチングバンドを、その後はクリスマスコンサートに向けて吹奏楽を楽しみました。
 最も興味があったアメリカ史の授業では、反対の立場から第二次世界大戦を学ぶことができ、多くの国を巻き込んで世界大戦という大きな戦争があったということをより実感し、戦争の捉え方も変わりました。
 私立以外の学校は、大体制服がなく、私服です。基本のルールはありますが、基本的に何を着ても構いません。時々、パジャマのズボンを学校に着てくる子もいて、最初の方はびっくりしましたが、そのうち慣れます。先生にもよりますが、授業中の飲食は自由です。また、授業で頻繁にコンピュータを活用します。日本の高校とアメリカの高校にはたくさんの違いがあります。最初の1ヶ月は、学校のシステムや文化の違いなどで戸惑いましたが、先生や友達のおかげでもう慣れました。今は、本当にアメリカでの学校生活を楽しんでいます。
 私の住んでいるところは-20℃ほどになることも多々あり、本当に寒いです。日本の冬も冷え込むでしょうから、みなさんもお体には気をつけてくださいね。
中岡茉凜

    This is a textbook of Geometry.  As you can see, it is very thick.  It is heavy, so when we have homework from the textbook, many students just take photos of the pages, and leave the textbook at school.  We don’t buy textbooks.  We borrow them from school.




    These are pictures of marching band from Homecoming day. Homecoming Game is a biggest and most important game. On that day, students usually wear cloths of school color (Ours are maize and blue!), and many of them also get paints on their faces. We have Homecoming Dance after the game. It was great. In my school, we have another Homecoming in winter, too. I am so excited.


    I went to “Trick or Treat” on Halloween Day. A city where I went for it is really small, but I got a ton of candies. Many kids are eating candies at school after Halloween!

                   This is my locker at school. I couldn’t open the lock by myself for about a month! My friends always helped me with just opening my locker. I know it is ridiculous. I don’t get used to it still now. Some students organize their own lockers. Every marching band student gets this paper on our locker. I love that!

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