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Coco, Hello! How are you? I have been in Vancouver for 32days. I take a lesson 3days a week, and sometimes I join a meetup. The lesson is cool. I should be understanding about English, because I study English when I was in school. But I knew I didn’t understand real English and culture.
I went to Canadian Rockies from June25 for a week at the expedition! I had a good time. I went to camp first time! I became like camping because there were wildlife and nature. I was relax.. And I drank ice wine. It was tasts good! I got an ice wine and a white wine for my family. Unfortunately, I couldn’t drive a RV because I had drunk wine…When I join an expedition next time, I will try it!!
I was thinking about myself while the expedition because I was shy. Matt and Kris said me “Please talked about yourself! Anything ok! Didn’t be shy!” every time. I had known I had to talk about myself because that was Canadian culture. But I couldn’t do it. I was thinking “What should I talked about? I didn’t have topics because I didn’t know myself.” Besides, there were other people who joined the expedition was good at speak English. They were getting an another RV. I thought I was getting this RV why I was not good at it. I was very nervous in the RV.
But my imagine was changed because I knew that the other people were worried about themselves too as same as me. Matt said “They didn’t have confidence. And Yuki too.” I thought “He was right. I need confidence.” Because when I had spoken small voice, I had felt negative feeling. And when I had spoken louder, I had felt good feeling!! I noticed it day before yesterday. You said about GET OUT OF THE BOX on your blog. I thought I knew that mean.
Before when I was in Japan, I didn’t like English. But I like it now! Because I can know about real English skill and Canadian culture. I think I want to try DOJO YABURI. It means to talk with members of meetup and ESL school and surprise them. If I speak about myself louder, I will get confidence.
でも私のそんな想像は覆されました。彼らも、私と同じくらい緊張していたのです。Mattから”彼らは自信をもっていなかった。君もだね。”と言われました。 私は”彼の言う通りだ。私に必要なのは自信だ。”と思いました。 私は小さい声で話していた時には、何だかネガティブな感情がありました。でも大きな声で話したら、気分がよかったのです。私はそれに一昨日気が付きました。あなたはブログに”箱から出ること”（（英語を身につけたいなら、Get out of the box!））について書いていましたね。私はその意味がわかったと思いました。