This articles is designed for students going on home stay. It contains interview style questions that a student may be asked over the course of their home stay. These questions are not ordered

For the homestay student to ask their host family[]

Questions to ask parents[]

  • How do you heal a broken heart?
  • Did you go to high school near here?
    • Which high school did you go to?
    • Which club did you belong to in high school?
  • Where were you born?
    • Where is that?
    • How old were you when you moved away?
    • I'm Ken what's your name?
  • What do you like to do in your freetime?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • Have you ever traveled overseas?
    • Where did you go?
    • How long did you stay?
    • Did you like ~?
    • Have you ever been to Japan?

Questions not to ask parents[]

  • How old are you?
  • How much do you weigh?
  • What religion are you?

Questions to ask children[]

  • How old are you?
  • Do you like sports?
    • Which sports do you like?
  • Do you play a musical instrument?
    • What do you play?
      • How long have you played the ~?
    • Is it difficult?
    • Will you play a song for me?
    • Can I listen to you play?
    • Can you play for me?
  • Have you seen the movie called "~"?
  • What do you want to be when you finish school?
  • What year are you in at school?
    • How far away is it (your school)?
    • What subjects do you like?
    • What do you have for lunch?
    • What do you do during school holidays?
      • Is there are zoo/museum/amusement park around here?
  • Are there fireworks in your hometown?
  • When is your birthday?
  • How tall are you?

Nice things[]

To say to host family[]

  • Thank you.
  • That was a delicious meal.
  • Thank you for having me.
  • Thank you for looking after me.
  • When you come to Japan, please come to my home.
  • Please keep in touch.
  • Can I help?
    • May I help clean?
    • Can I help with the dishes?
  • I had a lot of fun.
  • Your country is beautiful.
  • This is a great room.
  • That was a really fun day. Thank you.

To do for your host family[]

  • Help clean the house. ("May I help clean?")
  • Send them a postcard/letter when you get back to your home country.
  • Send them a birthday/Christmas card?


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