Interview with a Japanese Exchange Student

Grade 10 student Manami Taya answers questions about her transition to Canadian life, and her journey at BMHS so far.


Manami Taya is an exchange student at BMHS from Japan. She has been in Canada for 1 month and 2 weeks, and is studying here to learn English.

Initially, she was shocked about how much freedom Canadian schools had, saying she had 7 classes per day and that Japanese mathematics is more difficult.

Q: What is your favourite subject in school?

A: English, because the teacher is funny. Mrs. Woodworth is a good teacher.

Q: What kind of education in English had you had prior to coming to Canada?

A: In Japan, I learned writing and grammar. My school in Japan also has a lot of native English speakers.


Manami can now speak three languages: English, Japanese and Mandarin, and she says that knowing these languages is her best skill. After asking about her talents, I asked about her experience as an exchange student.


Q: So do you think that Canada is a good environment for exchange students?

A: Yes, because it is safe and I like Canadian English. British English is harder.

Q: How is your living arrangement?

A: I talk to my host family almost every day!

Q: Do you like the food around Moncton?

A: Yes! I like spaghetti.


She seemed to be very optimistic about her stay in Canada thus far. She takes part in such hobbies as classical ballet, shopping, and talking to her friends.


Q: Are you friends with any other exchange students?

A: Yes. They’re from Brazil, Spain, Germany, and Switzerland.

Q: What other countries have you been to?

A: New Zealand, Australia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Singapore, and Turkey.

Q: Is there anywhere else you want to visit?

A: Europe!


I was impressed by how many places she had been to.


Q: What most inspires you? What is your primary motivation?

A: I really like talking to my friends, it really makes me happy.

Q: What is your philosophy?

A: To be positive, not to be negative.

Q: What is your dream job? Where do you see yourself in the future?

A: I want to be an airport ground staff.

Q: Finally, is there anything you want to say to potential Japanese exchange students?

A: 留学はあなたの人生に良い影響をもたらすでしょう。(Studying abroad is good for your life)





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