- Could you be Sho Sensei's next host family?
- Japanese apps for studying at home
If you have been thinking about hosting a Japanese exchange student, now is your chance! Sho Sensei is lucky enough to have had three fantastic host families this year - a different family each term. He has enjoyed experiencing the different cultures, home and family lives, foods and hobbies of his hosts, made life long friendships and has grown in confidence with his English along the way.
Sho is now looking for a host family for term four who is willing to host him from the Wednesday 20th September and over the term three holidays. Sho will farewell St Columba’s at the beginning of December (date TBC).
Not only is this a fantastic experience for Sho to experience home life in Australia, but it is also a wonderful opportunity for your children to learn about Japanese culture, improve their Japanese language skills and make memories for life. Who knows, they might even visit Sho and his family in Japan one day!
Japanese apps for studying at home!
Many students are motivated to improve their Japanese skills by using their hiragana flashcards to self study - this is fantastic! To assist your children with their Japanese there are many engaging apps available for tablets. If you have a tablet device at home you could make a Japanese folder for these apps so that they are easy for your child to find. These are some of my favourite Japanese learning apps for children: Study Japanese Kana-Dojo, Hiragana Pixel Party, Japanese Cooking Mania, Hiragana memory hint English version by The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Learn Japanese with TicTic by Tinoon, Learn Japanese by MindSnacks, Dr Moku’s Hiragana Mnemonics, Learn to Write Hiragana - Japanese, and Learn Japanese With Tako.
Ganbatte kudasai (good luck) and happy studying! - Erica sensei.
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