Haaallo :))) Ich weiß ich wollte eigentlich erst Sonntag wieder was posten, aber heute bin ich mit meinem Gastfamilienbrief fertig geworden,
und den dachte ich könnte ich mal hier reinstellen:
Dear host family,
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, which I hope will give you some information about me, my family and my daily life.
My name is ***** (everybody just calls me Lilly) and I’m a 15-year-old girl from I******, a suburb of M***** (1.4 million inhabitants) in southern Germany. My parents are called ******* and *******, they are both ** years old. My mother works part time as an accountant whereas my father is a watch maker. Unfortunately, I don’t have any sisters or brothers.
We live in a house with a nice garden in the center of I*******, which has about 16000 inhabitants. Although it’s not that big, you can do many things here: We have several sport clubs, a music school and a really big library where you can find almost every book you’re looking for. If you go by underground, you will be in M***** within 30 minutes.
I attend the 9th grade of the *****-Gymnasium in G*******. A “Gymnasium” is the type of high school you can compare to a grammar school in Canada. School starts at 8 o’clock every morning and ends between 13:00 and 15:30 in the afternoon. We have many different subjects, but the ones I like most are the languages I learn: English, French and Latin. I am also very interested in Biology, especially in the development of medicine, because I feel that better medicines really could improve the life of many people in this world.
In school I always try to give my best which is not too bad. From next year on I will also take part in the “AbiBac”, something that is very similar to the French Immersion Program. History, Geography and Economy will be taught in French then and we also write our exams in this language.
In order to prepare for this, I have been taking additional courses in French Conversation this year which has been really funny and helpful.
Last December our class went on an exchange to France (******, 70 kilometers from Paris) and stayed there for one week. Although this can’t be compared to a high school year in Canada, I learnt many important things, for example that even with poor language skills you can still communicate with other people living in your host country. And, of course, Paris is an amazing city to visit, especially with your friends.
In my free time I love doing sports, I am a member of the local sports club where I do figure skating on rollerblades. I’ve been doing this for almost nine years now and it’s still fun. I took part in a couple of contests and now I am also training the smaller kids of our group. I think it’s great to pass on your knowledge and experience to younger children and, of course, to spend time with them in general.
In winter I often go skiing and ice skating, usually with my parents and friends. My father and I also like to go biking and in summer we make tours, for example along the river Danube.
I also had piano lessons for the last 3,5 years but sadly, I can’t carry on with it because there are just so many other things I am busy with.
As my school grades are quite good, I am giving private lessons in Latin and, from September on, in Math to students a few years younger than me.
Some of my other hobbies are reading (fantasy and science fiction), writing short stories and meeting my friends.
I usually get along well with everyone, but I have a few friends that are especially important to me. I am really glad to have them because we rely on each other and we can openly talk about problems. Of course we also do many activities together, like going to the cinema or sometimes just walking around and talking, telling jokes, laughing and listening to music.
My parents and I also have a very good relationship (besides some normal arguments in daily life, of course). They always respect my opinion, let me make many decisions on my own and support my wish to do an exchange year in Canada. My mom likes reading books and working in the garden, my dad loves sports and is very interested in history.
We often talk about current issues, for example things that are shown in the news, which is why I think that I have a good knowledge of what is going on in the world.
After I will have finished school, I want to study Biology and later do research on either the development of medicines or stem cells. I know that this is a very critical matter and not always seen as ethical correct, but I think it has a great potential to heal diseases like Parkinson or cancer.
In the following I want to write a few sentences about my motivation and reasons for an exchange year in Canada.
I’ve always loved the English language and when we first passed our holidays in London, I started reading English books and watching movies in this language. I think it was then, too, that the idea of an exchange year first occurred to me. It took me a while to persuade my parents, but in the end, the positive arguments outweighed the negative ones.
We thought about where I should go and I was absolutely fascinated by Canada:
The nature is just overwhelming and, as my mother has some Canadian colleagues, I heard about their friendliness and hospitality, their enthusiasm about sports and many other things.
The school system is very interesting, too, because it’s so different from the German one: At my school we have 14 subjects, from languages over science to arts and music, and they are taught during the whole year.
I think it’s cool that in Canada you can choose from really extraordinary subjects and concentrate on these. Also, there are a lot more extracurricular activities than in Germany.
From my stay in a host family I hope to truly become integrated in your culture and daily life and maybe to show you some traditions of my home country, too. I would like to make many new friends as well as experiences that will affect my personal development.
Thank you again for reading this letter and for giving me the opportunity to make my dream come true.
Na, wie findet ihr ihn? Ich weiß, dass er etwas lang geworden ist, aber die Gastfamilie soll ja auch wissen, mit wem sie es zu tun bekommt ;)