Hallo, ich habe jetzt endlich meinen Brief an die Gastfamilie fertig, halte ihn allerdings grade stylistisch nicht für besonders gelungen… könnte den vlt jemand korrigieren und Verbesserungsvoschläge machen? Das waren die Vorgaben der Orga.:
Write a personal letter to your prospective host family, at least 500 words long.
VERY IMPORTANT: This letter is the first message that your future host family receives from you. It helps them get to know you before you arrive. Remember, your host family opens the doors of their home to you and will treat you as a family member. They will share their daily life with you and will expect you to do the same, just as they would expect of a son or daughter.
Your letter is, and should sound like, a real letter, so please start it with "Dear Host Family."
Please introduce yourself and your family, explain why you wish to live with a foreign host family for a semester or academic year and what you look forward to while living with your host family; characterize yourself accurately and describe your personality; describe what is important to you; describe your interests, what you do in your spare time, activities you do in the community (e.g. at church, with youth clubs, in school teams), your lifestyle, favorite music, films, books, and any jobs you currently have; describe what you wish to accomplish and learn during the exchange; and outline what, as an exchange student, you can contribute to your host family.
Und das wär dann der Brief…
Dear Host Family,
first I want to thank you for reading my letter and giving me the chance of introducing myself.
My name is Florian XXXX and I am from Germany. I am 16 years old but will turn 17 this summer. I am living in XXX, a little town in North-Rhine-Westphalia in northern Germany. There, I visit the 10th grade of the Städtisches Gymnasium XXXX.
Now, I would like to do an exchange for one academic year to the United States of America. For this, I am searching a Family that would like to host me for this time.
I am looking forward to get to know “The American way of life" by the example of your family and community. I would like to get to know your everyday life, such as school, community or church. I am hoping to meet new people and build up friendships for life. I’m excited about comparing and contrast different cultures of the world, and so, I would like to begin with the American and German one.
I would describe myself as an open-minded and friendly personality and think that i could easily get used to a new environment and integrate into a new community. I am curious about new people and hope to meet many interesting new people.
I like meeting friends and spend my spare time for example with going to the movies, going swimming or riding my motorbike. Although I’m not playing any instrument I like hearing lots of different music like Rock, Reggae, Techno and Charts. I like many books and movies, especially fantasy, for example Harry Potter or The Lord of the rings, but also others like Fahrenheit 451.
I like going to school because I see all my friends there and I like learning new things. My favorite subjects are Social science, History and English because they are very interesting and I think things concerning human and there way of living with each other are more important then Math or Physics. I’m a clean and tidy person and my bedroom reflects that. Currently, I’m earning a little extra money by delivering papers at the weekend.
I also really do enjoy spending time with my family, like watching movies with them or playing chess with my dad. I have a little sister, Marie, which is 14 years old. Together, we often visit my grandma which doesn’t live far from us. My Mothers’ name is Christina. My Father’s name is Andreas and he likes reading or riding his motorbike, like me. I also have a cat and a lizard called Bart.
I think that as your exchange student, I could offer you a picture of Germany and its culture. Although I am not too good in cooking I think that I could make some traditional German food and bake German bread or I could show you German music or movies.
I hope this letter gave you an impression of me and my life and I hope I’ll hear from you soon.
Best regards from Germany,
Schonmal vielen Dank für eure Hilfe!