Smith’s School of English Kotoen students have been very busy this summer, traveling all over the world.
One Student (of Billy’s Boot Camp fame) spent 10 days in Cairns, Australia. She and her husband explored the rain forest, went fishing, scuba diving and relaxed on the beach. But her favorite part was going to a restaurant and ordering in English by herself. (Her second favorite part was eating ramen!!!!)
Another student took her family to Victoria, Canada. They went whale watching, hiking and watched the sunset over the harbor. She said by the end she was replying to peoples’ questions in English without thinking and it felt amazing.
Another lucky student went to Egypt and Turkey, and had a wonderful time chatting with other tourists from all around the world, before being internally savaged by a piece of watermelon.
Before any of my students go overseas I like to make sure they’re prepared for all kinds of “happenings”. From lost baggage to buying bus tickets to surviving a kangaroo coming through your car windshield (Get out of the car!! Now!!) Eleven years ago I got lost in Tokyo Disneyland. My limited Japanese wouldn’t suffice, and I spent an hour imagining my lonely death in Japan, standing by an orange juice cart, until I was rescued. Thankfully, none of my students had any problems they couldn’t handle in English. Unfortunately I can’t prevent upset stomachs, but I can tell you they wash the watermelon after they cut it in Egypt. As for me, I went anywhere there was air conditioning! (^o^)v