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Foreign Exchange to Japan: Experiences of an Exchange Student

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アクシラAccirah51 (5 days ago)
im gonna b an exchange student to japan when im in my senior year of high school, i am watching these types of videos so i know what to expect
Kousetsu (7 months ago)
Your intro was such a mood lmao
niconico (8 months ago)
How did you learn japanese? I’m trying to go to japan but i’m trying to go to Korea and i really want to learn korean. I can understand it but i don’t know to speak it and write it. Also what program did you use?
Alesia Kojqiqi (11 months ago)
When you said no calculators I started laughing and then telling myself FUCK
Nadezhda (1 year ago)
how much japanese do you have to know to go on an exchange program? do we have to know anything?
Kate Carman (1 year ago)
We never found out that word...did we?? xD
Kayla C (1 year ago)
How do you meet your host families?
Jillian Triesatlife (1 year ago)
Bambi Benzi (1 year ago)
I want the money to exchange 😭😭😭
Human Heart (1 year ago)
1000th like 😃
God Jihyo (1 year ago)
Ack I really want to be an exchange student but I’m like super shy and has really bad social anxiety so I’m afraid that it would be really hard for me too deal with all the stress.... especially constantly being the center of attention. I think it would be so fun though 😰
Jayson Lumagbas (1 year ago)
what the word?
bnc , (1 year ago)
Could you give me some advice I might want to go to Japan too for school
chicken nugget (1 year ago)
I'd really like to be an exchange student in Japan except I'm only taking my 2nd year of Japanese. I don't know how the exchange programs work so :O
The Sun (1 year ago)
Lol Im about to become a high school junior, I want to go on exchange to Japan but I feel like its too late for me. Like I cant learn enough Japanese to be accepted into an exchange program. Cri.
B B (1 year ago)
The Sun there are programs that do not require any japanese skills. take AFS as an example.
Gabrielle Autard (1 year ago)
Hey Gurl!!! Just want to know how long you studied Japanese until you could speak fluently and understand it.. I'm Australian and i went to Japan in 2016 by myself. i was 15. I stayed with a host family but it was not for a long time.. I miss it so much!!! I would like to go back soon but this time i want to be able to hold an actual conversation, how did you do it??? Xx
Arizah Mori (2 years ago)
I'm half japanese and i want to study in Japan but my (step) dad is against japanese so im kind of depressed and sad. I want to live in Japan so badly!!!!!😢😭 BTW my (step) dad is Chinese so that's why (i guess)
Aidan King (2 years ago)
how did you get the money?
1JZGaming (2 years ago)
I wish I could do exchange but I'm currently starting college in a month and half. Guess I'll have to make a trip there one day. 😑
Cherry Pug (2 years ago)
I really want to study in Japan even a School Year as an Exchange Student ;v; im at 7th grade becoming 8th 😢😢 But my parents wont let me...
Chilly Freezy (1 year ago)
Cherry Pug Impossible just wait till you're older study work hard and just move there when you're done with school
Jennafuzzz (2 years ago)
I'm off to Japan for exchange in August! Your videos are super helpful and I really enjoy watching them :)
赤羽総悟 (1 year ago)
Quelque Chose Hello, which program did you use and if you don't mind be asking, which country are you from?
B B (1 year ago)
Jennafuzzz how was it? im going too this year (august 2018)
SOPHĪE H (2 years ago)
yo make more videos mate, i need more advice
Gavin Roberts (2 years ago)
I'm in 7th grade I want to go to Japan as an exchange student but I would probably only get to go for 9 weeks cause I play football would 9 weeks be enough time for a good experience
Chicken Wings (2 years ago)
you remember my name......*you bluntly say no*
futurememestar (2 years ago)
cringy af
invented peanut butter (2 years ago)
Just don't race mix
Refract ミラー 404 (1 year ago)
Fuck off.
Cynthia R (2 years ago)
"do you remember my name?!" ".....no" hahahah dying!!!
mio iwasaki (2 years ago)
interesting!! especially I am a foreign exchange student from Japan to the U.S so!
How did you learn your Japanese? Is really good.
Constipated Llama (2 years ago)
Omg sorry if this sounds creepy, but you are so PRETTY.
notroe (2 years ago)
Constipated Llama She really is!!
Pusteplumchen (2 years ago)
The part with staying in their classroom and changing cloth in a room with your classmates is the same in Germany :)
Sharon Chu (2 years ago)
Are their standards higher than Americans lmao
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Misaki (2 years ago)
Nice video
Angelica Minasyan (2 years ago)
Is there any way to study at Japanese language school or exchange student for free or at least low pay? (Sorry, if there are any mistakes in sentence, English isn't my native language)
That_trumpetgirl_1125 (2 years ago)
I'm a 7th grader and when im a soft-more I want to spend a year as a exchange student so I'm learning how to read and write in hiragana and I'm learning a lot about Japanese language and I'm researching and I'm so exited for my year as an exchange student 😄
faith destiny (3 months ago)
soft more lmao
赤羽総悟 (1 year ago)
arohas/armys/VIP/exo-l everywhere Lucky... I am in 9th grade or Year 10. I wish I could go but I have very important studies all year that I can't find the right time to study abroad. I may go when I'm 18. Plus, financial problems. :( Also, yes, we are everywhere ;D heyy
im in the 8th grade and im going to japan next year for my fresh men year
Kelly Gaming (1 year ago)
OMG me too but i just need to sign up to be an exchange student
Neko_Hime_Aly (1 year ago)
Horsecrazy1125 I'm in the same grade trying to get to the same goal what are the odds
RobloxMasahiro (2 years ago)
in japan school there so many hentaii/horny people tho
Phương Dương (2 years ago)
Fucking jalo Dont fucking use my account bitch lol 😂
Pro Racer stereotypessssss
Bitcoin Used To Be 19k (2 years ago)
no wonder she's so pretty, she's from Texas.
Declan1337 Nufc (2 years ago)
Can you get exchange to 🇯🇵 at 14 i really want to learn Japanese and see what it's like being an exchange student
Blobber98102 (2 years ago)
For highschool, you should be at least 15, but they may allow younger students if they are bright. My program is AFS.
Jonah Ruiz (2 years ago)
Declan1337tarry-ps4master 1337 I don't think so. And you should take Japanese before going on an exchange program. Cause the classes are in Japanese.
Quentin Bradley (2 years ago)
you ate a snake!!!! That's awesome, but now I'm going to finish your video lol
kunpimookay (2 years ago)
Do you have to know how to write in Japanese? Like hirigana and katakana?
Harold Inocentes (1 year ago)
Christina Redfield what the fuck , for real man
Christina Redfield (2 years ago)
Nope! Some just go over knowing nothing :/
raeana Dreams (2 years ago)
lol I'm dying its soo funny tho
Joy Chan (2 years ago)
ive been planning on going on exchange for my senior year for a school year (im 15 entering 10th grade in 4 weeks) idk if that will be ok tho since thats when i graduate any tips? and is there a secound most affordable program except rotary?
li an (2 years ago)
I'm 14, I'm going to Japan for highschool. I'm super duper shy and only talkative around my best friends. Any tips?? :( I'm so worried
Just another mind (1 year ago)
how was it?
May Tha (1 year ago)
yoongism how do you go to school before you go to school . Do you have to sign up or something
Cherry Pug (2 years ago)
Wow.. How much does it cost to study in a japanese high school? Is it expensive??
Joy Chan (2 years ago)
+sakamaki bro ohhh its ok luckyy your moving there lol and ur welcome
li an (2 years ago)
+Jael Chan well I'm not an exchange student and I dont use any programs, I live near Japan ( cant tell u where i live :c sorry ) but I still live in East Asia and I'm moving there in a year or two without my family, thank you for your information it helps! and I'm sorry I dont know any programs :(
Jordan Gouvea (2 years ago)
my school has 4 minutes to get from one side of the school to the other too but it takes 1 minute to wash ur hands if u go to the bathroom plus the time u took to actually go to the bathroom it takes longer than 4 minuets to get to class
Nikki Huang (3 years ago)
Do you have to do a goodbye speech if you're gonna only gonna be an exchange student for a month?
Jonathan GX (3 years ago)
love your voice !
SnuggleWarrior (3 years ago)
I love you, that is all.
Hails_rosy (3 years ago)
Hi! so I'm hoping to do a foreign exchange to Japan for my sophomore year of high school and I am currently going into my freshman, so I was wondering, how long did it take you to learn Japanese, and what do you think is the minimum amount to learn for doing an exchange, because I'm a little nervous and I don't know how much I can master in a year, do you have any tips in learning the language? THANKS
Hails_rosy (3 years ago)
+Christina Redfield thanks so much 😊
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
As for learning the language, start at the basics. I would recommend learning as many words as you can so you can understand the conversation, but also invest your time into simple to intermediate grammar. Go over your vocabulary cards before you go to bed and after you wake. Conversation Japanese is key! If you can, find a native speaker, say you want to talk in Japanese and only Japanese (of course with explanations if needed). Put labels on items in the house and read them every time you use or see that item. Verbs are also key! Hope that helps some! Good luck and thanks for watching!
Kairi Noruma (3 years ago)
How do you become a exchange student?
Bambi Benzi (1 year ago)
Kairi Noruma yeah 😭😭
Joy Chan (2 years ago)
+Kairi Noruma yup XD
Kairi Noruma (2 years ago)
turns out its expensive AF
Jenny * (2 years ago)
it doesn't hurt to try to find information.
Oscar Maldonado (3 years ago)
I might be going next year,I know it's gonna be amazing if I go
Joy Chan (2 years ago)
luckyy ;-;
Knightgalia (3 years ago)
how much did it cost? I've been interested in foreign exchange programs, but I'm super poor so I don't think I'll be able to afford it...
Jessica Cruz (1 year ago)
Research programs I'm signing up for Japan and I could go for free because of scholarships there are some that offer that so you can study abroad for free so the only thing I'd pay for is the plane ticket
sims__for__life_ (2 years ago)
Could you give me the link that you used? Haha sorry, I looked for it but the website was crap :/
Christina Redfield (2 years ago)
I spoke about it a little more in my first video
Christina Redfield (2 years ago)
You can seek them out. I stumbled upon them and took it on from there :D
childkc (2 years ago)
+Christina Redfield were you already part of the rotary program in your area? In my are you have to be a part of the rotary program/club to study abroad with them, and in my area you have to be INVITED just to join the rotary club....
ScYth3. Yato (3 years ago)
woho keep making more vids :_: love them
Samantha Sweet (3 years ago)
I am like.........😭😭😭😭😭😭I hate math!!!!
Natalie Delarosa (3 years ago)
THIS SOUNDS SO EXCITING. Im into anime and stuff and I really want to do an exchange to japan. I already signed up for my local rotary and I'm on the poorer side of things so I'm hoping I can get a job or something to go towards it. My worst fear though is that my grades will turn to ruin because I haven't learned Japanese :( do you have any more advice on keeping your grades up or even how grades there compare to grades here in the US (im from nj)
Phương Dương (2 years ago)
Natalie Delarosa sorry cause I don't understand English that much
Phương Dương (2 years ago)
Natalie Delarosa what is local rotary
Ekron b (3 years ago)
Wait what grade are you in?
Ekron b (3 years ago)
Oh.So you went in junior year?
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
When I return I will be a senior
JustSomeone Here (3 years ago)
In Europe you do math calculations by yourself too. This is the first time when i hear that in US you do it with an electronic device. No wonder why Americans are they way they are :)
JustSomeone Here (3 years ago)
Darling, in my country and the countries near it are no calculators used, no matter how hard the math is. This video was where i first heard that there are schools in the world who let students/pupils to use calculators. If you do that here, you get back into the 3rd or 5th grade to learn multiplication or equation solving. :)
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
That's quite the stereotype, darling. Usually in my school back in Texas we have the calculators because our questions happen to be much more advanced. However, in Japan I find the numbers to be very simple and easy to manage (keep in mind that I am taking an ADVANCED math course IN JAPANESE). There are many different states in the United States of America, (if you were referring to the country and not one of the two continents) and every state has their own way with education and teaching, so I do not speak for all of the states when I say we use calculators. Thank you for your time.
Teech (3 years ago)
huh...can i call you straight teeth?
ma doll (3 years ago)
Levi Ackerman (3 years ago)
how much did u spend all on all?
Bella Marsh (3 years ago)
I'm going on exchange next year can you make a video about your process and your application process im Going with afs^^
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Bella Marsh My first video talks about my application process and my exchange program! Feel free to watch! Thanks for watching!
Bella Marsh (3 years ago)
I'm also from Texas ^^
Daniela Zevallos (3 years ago)
I don't know any Japanese and I want to study in japan.... any advice? any experience advice anyone?
Michelle (3 years ago)
I really Enjoyed watching that. It was so nice to get some impressions of an Exchange student. (& btw. your really pretty) ♡ And if u don't mind can i ask like how much a year cost ?
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Michelle Weise Thank you! It costs about 4,500 with Rotary (which is a good deal compared to many other organizations).
Lord Sith Lego (3 years ago)
I commend people that can do these student exchange programs. I don't like the thought of living in a stranger's home and using their space and utilities. However, it provides a bigger immersion into the foreign culture compared to just being a regular tourist I suppose. I wanted to save money for a trip to Europe but with how so much trouble is brewing there with the refugees, for I might try Asia. Only problem is I have to use flights to visit a number of countries there instead of just using the train like in Europe.
unknown unkown (3 years ago)
I have a question . I was wondering how much it would cost for someone to stay in japan and I host family for a 13 year old .
unknown unkown (3 years ago)
+Christina Redfield its alright thank you anyway . my dad said no when I asked . I was sad.
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Samantha Ault I'm not sure, the youngest Rotary takes are 14 or 15 y/os... I'm sorry I couldn't help more..
mabbuccino (3 years ago)
I wish I could do this but I'm already in college :///
mabbuccino (3 years ago)
pfff yeah if you have like a 4.0 gpa and tons of money
pandakko (3 years ago)
did you went in japan for an entire year?
pandakko (3 years ago)
@Christina Redfield really? well, because i want to do the erasmus in japan too!
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+pandakko I'm currently in Japan for the year program! It's fun.
stacii jordann (3 years ago)
how do i persuade my parents to allow me to become a foreign exchange students
stacii jordann (3 years ago)
+Christina Redfield Even if i did that they probably wont hear me out. Out of all of the kids i make the best grade, and very social. but ill try all the things you said and do you have any recommandations for a 15 year old for a company
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Stacey Jordan Research, dedication, and hard work! Make sure you hear them out on their side too.
Sillycat09 (3 years ago)
Jasmin Nolan (3 years ago)
I like this video :D
ovkill26 (3 years ago)
that shut is not a dog 😨😨😨😨😱😱😱😱
Maria Velazco (3 years ago)
How can u go to Japan
MLG_LUVERBOY (3 years ago)
how much did it cost
MLG_LUVERBOY (3 years ago)
@Christina Redfield Well i guess im staying in the U.S
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Fernandito Miranda $4,500. I did a lot of fundraising!
Patholgoic (3 years ago)
Great video! Glad to see someone else is from the good old state of Texas! I'm thinking of becoming a foreign exchange student myself but I finished high school a semester early I wonder if I can do it when I'm in college?? Dies anyone know?
Patholgoic (3 years ago)
+Christina Redfield well I just turned 19 but I'll see what I can do! Thank you miss!
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Ryan Yates With Rotary you can register until you turn 19! So sure! I'm sure you can find college programs too!
Elisa Kho (3 years ago)
Is it okay if you exchange to UK other than Japan? I was thinking exchanging to the UK
Elisa Kho (3 years ago)
@Christina Redfield ok! Thank you! I have 2 years to decide
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Elisa Kho (yuichiro hyakuya) Yes! However, Rotary has a policy that states native English-speakers can't go to another native-speaking country. But there are so many other countries to explore! A new language is a new view of life! Either way, exchange is awesome! Good luck!
Oopla (3 years ago)
I actually really liked this video,I normally find ones like this boring and all the same but I really enjoyed watching this one! x
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Fleurrr Thank you!
Rom Anhaputhen (3 years ago)
I am a foreign exchange student in Japan , but I am only 13 year old. I don't even know Japanese, it is so hard .
okay derp (1 year ago)
How did you get to be a foreign exchange student i really want to know.
What program did you use?
Bright One (3 years ago)
+Rom Anhaputhen Tae Kim's Guide to Japanese Grammar [app], Abroad in Japan [channel], Human Japanese [app], Anki [app] hopefully these would help good luck over there
Rom Anhaputhen (3 years ago)
Emma Vind (3 years ago)
Then ignore everything I said, just good luck :3
Anakin Slowwalker (3 years ago)
Your so cute xD omg
Dom Alex ジャパン (3 years ago)
This is all so true haha. Hope you're enjoying your exchange :D
Doğa Dixon (3 years ago)
hi christina i will be going to japan next year but im so scared because they say the lessons are so hard is it true because i dont study i just listen the lesson and because i dont know japanese i wont be able to listen it as well.
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Doğa Dixon The lessons (at my school at least) are about Pre-AP (Honors) level, but as an exchange student, I doubt they will require you to do any of the work. What I usually do is take the work home and find words or a kanji that I don't know and study that instead (only when I want to). Don't worry about the school there! Just have fun and make friends!
Krystal 707 (3 years ago)
Me too, I only have 5 minutes in between each class. Oh how I wish there was at least 10 minutes.
David Lopez (3 years ago)
lmao!!! awesome your Japanese is awesome
333moon333girl333 (3 years ago)
Where are you in japan?
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+333moon333girl333 I'm currently in Yamagataken, Japan!
lilian rose (3 years ago)
Wait so girls and guys strip in the same room I thought the boys went out the girls changed and then the guys come in and change look at that I'm learning things new everyday
Some sort of demon (3 years ago)
4 minutes to get from classroom to classroom? I have like 2 minutes xD AND MY SCHOOL IS FUCKING HUGE
crying ghost (3 years ago)
crying ghost (3 years ago)
lol, thanks
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+mi&& halloween Haha thanks for watching! I will try!
nicki nick (3 years ago)
was it hard to learn Japanese? And what is the lowest grade you can transfer into ( for example 7th,8th etc) and do many people know english?
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+nicki nick If you put dedication into it, you should be fine! Despite most stereotypes, most (mainly all) of the Japanese people do not know English. I would urge anyone who is going to Japan to learn at least some Japanese before going. With Rotary, you can only go while in high school, but there are possibly other programs out there that allow younger students to go on exchange. I would recommend high-school exchange, seeing that Japanese students would be more open and aware of exchange students.
Nanoria Bates (3 years ago)
Hello! I want to be an exchange student in Japan, but I was wondering if it's fun? I watched another girl's videos and she said that going to school in Japan is stressful and that she wasn't happy. I guess everyone's experience is different, but I just wanted to ask you. Btw, do you have to do homework?
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Nanoria Bates It depends solely on the person on exchange. I know that one can undoubtedly have a great time on exchange. It all depends on your mindset! Sometimes things get stressful, but that is life and is expected especially since one usually doesn't understand what some people are saying. I don't have to do usual homework, but I do have to do my Japanese homework that my Japanese tutor gives me. I would still recommend you go on exchange though!
Paulina Rodriguez (3 years ago)
How did you convince your parents to let you go to Japan?
Paulina Rodriguez (3 years ago)
+Christina Redfield Thankyou soo much!!
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Paulina Rodriguez I made a list and showed them how much it meant to me by studying every day.
Jake Wiles (3 years ago)
I wanna be an exchange student soooooo bad but my Dad is SO against Japan because I watch anime :(
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Chantelle Aniceto Haha! I was 15 when I came here! It's an amazing growing experience! Japan is REALLY ridiculously safe! Let me know how things go! Try to do research with your mom! How old are you? Good luck!!
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+かずらいんきりがや I'm sorry :( I don't really think it's fair to stop someone from achieving their dreams because they watch anime. There is so much more to exchange than that. Maybe show him you want to go to Japan for more educational reasons like learning a new culture and language and even a new mindset! I hope everything goes well, and don't worry if it doesn't! You have college! Start saving up soon!
Chantelle Aniceto (3 years ago)
I want to be an exchange student too .. But it's my mom that doesn't want me to go because I'm "too young" ..I made a lot of Japanese friends from like other exchanges and I want to visit them so bad😭
Person Anon (3 years ago)
I support your dad.
Carolyn Sibley (3 years ago)
I'm hoping to go to Japan at some point with Rotary, perhaps in two years, it depends. How long before should you sign up at Rotary? I heard that you should probably sign up a year in advance, but what would you recommend?
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Carolyn Sibley I signed up and took the interviews (sounds scary but it really isn't- trust me!) in November, got told I was going to Japan late December, and left for Japan the following August. I think you should talk to your local Rotary about when the best time will be for you to apply for the exchange program! Hope that helps some!
Raido Nato (3 years ago)
do u like Japanese guy!? i think some of them are cool, very cool, but some are really bad and look bad (i be honest)! and do u like know about Johnny and AKB!?
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Raido Nato Haha! Honestly, I'm not allowed to date while I'm here, but yeah, some Japanese boys look pretty nice ;D haha
Manny Vazquez (3 years ago)
How did you learn Japanese I want to learn it so bad but I don't know we're to learn it at heeeellllp plz
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Manuel Vazquez On my first video I mention a few books, websites, and programs that I used to learn Japanese. If you have any more questions, let me know!
Daniel Lugo (3 years ago)
Lol this is so true. I just came back from a Japanese Exchange. What part of Japan are you staying at?
Daniel Lugo (3 years ago)
+Christina Redfield I went to Kōbe! How long are you going to be there for? What do you plan to do after you are done?
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Daniel Lugo I'm in Yamagataken (it is snowing like crazy now!) Where did you spend your exchange?
wjordancox (3 years ago)
Wait a second. Guys and girls just change in front of each other?0-0
Espada kurosaki (2 months ago)
@Adut Arop no we dont lmao
Adut Arop (4 months ago)
I don’t see the issue in my school for basketball(from Australia) we get change around each other no problem🤷🏾‍♀️
Sofia Circus (2 years ago)
is it common do you think?
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+wjordancox My exact reaction xD.. Just shock O.o'
Y Ic (3 years ago)
Keep it good work! Looking forward to seeing new video!
Jarod Nguyen (3 years ago)
Thanks, I'm really excited to go abroad next year and I hope you have a great year and a merry Christmas!
Jarod Nguyen (3 years ago)
Hi, I'm actually going to Japan next year with Houston rotary! Any advice?
Yasmeen Mohammad (2 years ago)
youre so frikking pretty what the heck XDDD
Christina Redfield (3 years ago)
+Jarod Nguyen There is so much advice I could give you! But some of the big things are: 1.) Be open-minded to new experiences 2.) Get out of your comfort zone! 3.) Don't do stupid things Hope that helps some!

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