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Culture Shock and Friends
Makiko, Nana, Yoshie
N: Hello, everyone! This is Nana. Supporting reporter is Makiko, hi Makiko, how are you?
M: Good, Thank you, and you?
N: Great! And field reporter is Yoshie she is in the KCC cafeteria. So, today’s topic is culture shock with friendship.
M: Yes… We researched about it to international students in KCC.
N: We asked “Do you have culture shock with friends from other country?” OK. Let’s show our report.
M: So now, Yoshie! Can you hear me? Please report it.
Y: OK. Hi, this is Yoshie. I report about researches. We asked 30 students in Cafeteria, and we got these results. Most of them have friends from other countries, and they have culture shock with their friends. 26 students answered yes it’s 87% of all. And some students answered no. They said their friendship is short time so they don’t feel and care about it. And then, some students have problem about money. Two students have different thoughts of money. One student was asked to borrow $100 without explanation from her roommate. If her roommate needed $100, she wanted to be explained. What do you guys think about it?
M: Yes… If it’s only $5, it might be OK. How do you feel Nana?
N: I also want to be explained the reason if I lend $100.
M: So Yoshie, can you tell us the story of another student.
Y: OK. Another student had a local boyfriend. He often said to her “ Can I borrow some money?” So she felt uncomfortable, and he always says, “I don’t have enough money”, but when they went to Ramen shop, he ordered many foods. She couldn’t follow him. Also he didn’t share Gyoza, when she said, “I want to eat your Gyoza.” At that time, she thought he is like a child, and she was just shocked. I was surprised when I heard this story. How about Nana?
N: I think the situation is very strange. If I were her, I can’t believe his behavior. I think her boyfriend should share it or give one bite.
M: Yes, I think so. Usually, Japanese boys don’t refuse girlfriend’s offer.
N: That’s right! After the interview, when I met her, she told me they broke up.
M: Really? I’m sorry to hear that.
N: She also said the reason of broke up is not only this happening, but also her daily feeling. She has been feeling difference many times.
M: Yoshie, do you have anything else?
Y: Yes, I have another problem. This is a language problem. The international student spoke English when she talked to friends from other countries, because their native languages were different. However, her English was weak, so her friend could not understand what she wants to say. They felt difficulty to tell their thoughts. I found the language problem affect our communication, and I think it is difficult for us to communicate with friends from other countries. My reports have finished. Let’s go back to the news studio. Thank you, bye.
M: Thank you Yoshie. I think language trouble is hard for international students because communication is the most important for them including us.
What is the most impressing culture shock in this report Nana?
N: I think monetary trouble is serious for Japanese people because we don’t borrow money so many times, so lending is also little bit uncomfortable. Don’t you think so?
M: I agree. Monetary trouble is serious for international students, and some student said that the student’s friend is selfish.
N: What do you mean?
M: The student is Japanese girl, and most Japanese people are not self-assertive, so she couldn’t say anything. Furthermore language difference is large difficult point.
N: That’s right. So we have to study English seriously. If we could speak English well, we would be able to understand each other, so we will be able to understand other culture. Also we should make efforts to accept culture difference because we are living in other country. We could realize it by this research. If you face culture shock with friends from other countries, it is opportunity that you can understand the friend. OK, our repot is over. Outside reporter was Yoshie, supporting reporter was Makiko, and I was anchor reporter Nana. Thank you for watching our report.
M: Thank you. Good-bye.
© KCC - ESOL 197-0 Students, Summer 2005