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Hello.

A: Hello.

(試験官A、笑顔。)

B: Hello, please have a seat.

Thank you.

My name is ... and I live in Hiroshima.

B: Thank you.

A: You live in Hiroshima?

Yes.

A: I've heard that Hiroshima is famous for Anago. Is that true?

(アナゴが出るとは。アナゴを英語でどう言うのかも知らない。)

Yes. It is especially famous in the Miyajima district.

A: Can you have it throughout the year?

Well, I think so. I hope so.

(かなり無責任な答え方だったかも知れない。)

A: OK. Now, would you tell me why there are so many foreign models in Japanese fashion magazines?

Well, I think Japanese people tend to put emphasis on external appearance. Foreign models are usually very tall and slender. So,they are eye-pleasing. However, nowadays in Japan, there are many magazines with Japanese models as well. Japanese young girls or women like to see them because they cannot become that tall and slender like foreign models. But they can feel that Japanese models are more realistic.

(実際、私の読む雑誌には日本人のモデルしか使われていないので、正直、どう答えていいのか分からなかった。)

A: Times are surely changing, huh?

Exactly, right.

A: OK. Now, I'd like to ask you this? Do you think English should be taught in elementary schools?

Yes, I think so, because English is the most common language in the world. English is one way to make it possible to know other people, its culture, history, manners, customs, and so on. So it would be wonderful if the Japanese government adopted this system to teach English to school children.

(聞く時の表情は真剣そのもので、緊張した。)

A: I see. No French, no Spanish, right?

(笑顔)
(「それは困る!」と思ってしまった。)
 
Not exactly. Although English is a means to communicate with a lot people, it is important to give children opportunities to know that there are numerous languages in the world.

A: Aha, yes.

(きっと場を和ませようとして言ったjokeだったのでしょうが、真に受けてつい付け足してしまった。)

A: Lastly, I would like to ask you ... What is "ema"?

It is a wooden tablet on which a wish is written. Also, "ma" means "horse" in Japanese, so a horse is also depicted on the tablet.Actually, I did it on New Year's Day this year at a shrine, but we write our wishes on a tablet and then pray for it.

(「私もこの正月に神社で絵馬を買い、願いを書き、それがかなうようにお祈りをした」と言いたかったのだが、言葉足らずで意味不明な文になった。)

A: Wow, that's great. OK, this is the end of the interview. Best wishes.

(笑顔)

Thank you very much.


 
 
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