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I'd like to go take part in a NZ homestay programme this winter. I'm just filling out the application and wondering about a sentence I wrote. Is it better to say 1. If I'm not sure about something I'm critical at first...

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2. If I'm not sure about something I look at it with a critical eye at first...

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And there's also this question: " What do you feel you can contribute to your host family's homestay experience?"
I just don't know what to write... could anybody help me?
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It is better to say 'If I'm not sure about something I look at it first with a critical eye'.

'What do you feel you can contribute to your host family's homestay experience?' -- tell them about how you will be able to communicate aspects of your own culture to your host family, and contribute to international understanding, etc.
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QUOTE: 'If I'm not sure about something I look at it first with a critical eye'.

But do you really want to use an old cliché?

If I am not sure about something, I tend to be quite cautious in my approach.

As for what you can contribute: mention your hobbies, interests, cultural background and the fact that you don't mind helping with the household chores.
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Thank you! My English isn't the best, and I don't even know all the words in your sentence. Of course I'd like to use "modern" English, but nobody's ever teached me.
And thank you for your suggestion to my other question.
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Can't you just say: .. I am cautious at first...