A look at the (other) land down under!〜地球の反対側からの英語!

Hey there everyone!

It’s been a while, but it’s time for bi-, maybe even tri-weekly updates from me!


If you follow me on our Morning Cafe, the picture above should look familiar. Do you have any idea where it is?

I’ll give you a couple of hints.

First, it’s one of the most isolated English-speaking countries in the world.

Next, it’s composed of 2 major islands, with an extreme climate variation between the ends of the country.

Finally, it’s famous for Lord of the Rings.

Let me guess, it was the last hint that gave you the answer ;)!


If you guessed Australia, then you’re 100% incorrect!

It’s New Zealand of course.

More specifically, this picture was taken on the Banks Peninsula around an hour or so from the city of Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island.

And, despite the idyllic scene pictured here, the weather was freezing!

We were wearing all the clothes we had brought, and the water was probably around 15 degrees! A far cry from the balmy 21+ degree water temperature on Tanegashima that I’m used to!

I arrived here from Indonesia on March 30th, and I’ve been touring the island since then. We’re living in the van, and camping in the wilderness every night.

Well, except today. We paid for a fancy campground!



An interesting part of Kiwi English that I’ve learned is everyone wants to have a conversation with you, even in simple circumstances.

For example, I’ve had long conversations several times now with tellers in grocery stores. They all start with:

     How ya going today?

As a Canadian, this How ya going~? structure is definitely strange. We would use:

     How are you doing today?

It seems like are you becomes ya in New Zealand!

Well, when in Rome!

Until next time I’ll have another fun update from the other land down under. If I don’t freeze to death before then!


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