It is when I was a junior high school student that I decided to study abroad. In those days, I was a huge fan of a British boys band and I started to study English because I wanted to understand what they say. At the same time, I started to turn my eyes to the world from Japan, rather only situations around me. While I was studying English, I decided that I would like to go abroad alone instead of traveling with someone. Therefore, I went to Ireland as my language training when I was a high school student. For the first time, I experienced the situation that I lived surrounded by people who cannot speak Japanese. Through this experience, I thought that my world would spread if I could speak foreign languages as well as English fluently, and I think so too now. My language training in Ireland gave me the feeling that I want to stay abroad alone longer and interact with foreign people whose everything such as their mother tongue and culture are different clearly from mine. According to it, I decided to study abroad for a year and I would achieve this goal. In this Australia study abroad, I would like to change myself. I think that I will enjoy the utmost as much as possible as well as studying seriously and desperately because I can realize finally the study abroad that I was aiming at from a junior high school student.
I have one thing that I feel during my exchange period, that speaking other languages including English leads to change our world in a positive way. I have had this opinion since before and felt it again this time because there are a number of people who become my friends thanks to my poor knowledge about French and Chinese language. I have studied French since a high school student. As for Chinese, I wanted to learn it for a long time and had chance to do so here in Australia, so I learnt it for a year. Of course, it is not enough to say I can speak both French and Chinese, on the other hand, it is true my poor knowledge gave me some chances to know other people. If I did not speak English, I would not experience those things in the first place. Therefore, I deeply appreciate for English which allowed to communicate with a lot of English speakers. I re-recognized the power of languages.