I have exhausted google and my many dictionaries. I put "host" or "to host" and don't get the word I'm looking for. The sentence I am trying to say is "are you hosting a new exchange student" and I have no idea where to find the correct terminology. Does anyone know the correct way to approach this. I maybe oversimplifying my search because there may not be an exact word translation. Anyone know how to approach this sentence. This was the closest I found: 受皿となる

  • 新しい留学生を泊めていますか?
    – oldergod
    Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 1:17
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    I would say 新しい留学生を受け入れていますか?
    – chocolate
    Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 1:18

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Unfortunately there is no easy translation of "to host". Depending on the object, you have to choose an appropriate verb.

  • to host a conference/formal party: ~を主催する, ~を開催する
  • to host a casual party: ~をやる, ~を開く
  • to host someone (as a host family): ~を(ホストファミリーとして)受け入れる
  • to host someone (as a VIP), to entertain: ~をもてなす
  • to host a ceremony/TV progam: ~の司会をする
  • to host a website/software: ~をホストする

Actually, ~をホストする may be used by some people who are relatively good at English in any of the contexts above, but I'm reluctant to introduce it as the first-choice.

受け皿となる tends to be used with refugees, disaster victims and such, and it doesn't sound like you host someone actively and willingly.


A big reason why the following (trans.google) result doesn't sound good is because the question ( "Are you hosting a new exchange student?" ) is usually asking about immediate future plans.

"Are you hosting a new exchange student?"

(trans.google) 「あなたは、新しい交換留学生をホストしていますか?」 <-- This doesn't sound good. But actually, this is a correct, valid translation ...

... because ホストする is used :

  • どうしてホストファミリーになるのか - ホームステイ 締切済 | 教えて!goo oshiete.goo.ne.jp › 学問・教育 › 留学 › ホームステイ

  • detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp › 暮らしと生活ガイド › 2012/02/07 - 日本語を話せない留学生を2週間ホストする場合、


host a foreign student === ホームステイの外国人学生を受け入れる

お帰りなさい! ......... 高校留学・10代留学の ...

www.afs.or.jp › イベント&ニュース

帰ってくると、ホストファミリーが家にAFSのスタッフや新しい交換留学生を招待し、とても温かい「お帰りなさいパーティー」を開いてくれました。 今回、実に一年半ぶりに帰ったわけですが、私はまだ交換留学生であるかのような感じがしました。 みなさんがいつもの ...

William Colenso Collegeが新しい交換留学生を迎えました!

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