試験官

【外国人試験官A】

20代か30代前半の若いアメリカ人男性(日系だと思います)。とてもにこやかで話しやすい方でした。

【日本人試験官B】

年配の女性。上品でやさしそうな方でした。

質疑応答の内容

Please come in. You can put your bags there and please have a seat.(2つ椅子が用意してあり一方に荷物をおかせてもらう)

Hello, may I have your name?

Hello. Nice to meet you. My name is .........

Where are you from?

I am from Hiroshima, west of Fukuoka.

How did you come here?

I came here by Shinkansen. It took me about an hour and a half. A Shinkansen ride was very comfortable. I fell asleep!

OK, so can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

Well, I am an English teacher at elementary school. I like children and I enjoy teaching them very much. Also, I love traveling. I used to travel a lot. It was travel by myself not in a group tour. People were just so nice to me. And I realized what makes your trip memorable is not only the sights you see, but the people you meet. That is one of the motives of why I want to be a tour guide.

Good. Let me ask you some questions. Japan is famous for its martial arts. Can you tell us about Kendo?

Sure. Kendo is like fencing in the West. But there are many differences between the two. When you do fencing, you use a metal sword and the main technique is thrusting the opponent. But in Kendo, people use a bamboo sword and the main technique is hitting the opponent's head, arm or legs. It is a popular sport among boys.

So, it is still popular? Do girls do Kendo also?

Well, I would admire her if I met a girl practicing Kendo. It's cool, I think. But it is rather popular among boys and not very popular among girls. It has good effect on one’s mental development, too. They can develop good manners. So many parents want their children to practice Kendo.

OK, I am going to make a trip to Hiroshima. Where should I go in Hiroshima?

A great idea! Please come to Hiroshima. Hiroshima has two World Heritage sites. One is Peace Memorial Park and the other is Miyajima. At Peace Memorial Park, you can see the Atomic Bomb Dome and can visit Peace Memorial Museum. There, you can learn a lot about nuclear weapons. In Miyajima, you can visit a magnificent shrine called Itsukushima Shrine. Its long pillars are extended over the sea and you may get the impression of the whole shrine floating on the sea.

Sounds good. Next. The other day I saw many students in uniforms going somewhere after school. Where are they going?

Oh, they are going to cram schools called “Juku.” Japanese educational system is a 6-3-3-4 system - elementary school, junior high, high school and university. It is mandatory through junior high school, but most of the schools above junior high, they require entrance examinations. Therefore, if you want to get into prestigious schools, you have to study extra hard, more than other students, in addition to their regular schoolwork.

Oh, sounds like Japanese students are very busy.

Yes, but actually, Japanese college students are having a much easier time than their American counterparts, once they get into college.

OK. Thank you.

(時間が短いと感じたのできょとんとしていると)

Time is up. Thank you. That is all.

Thank you very much. Please have a good day.(退出前に一礼)

受験の感想

とても緊張していましたが、試験官の方はふたりともとても話しやすい雰囲気の方で助かりました。試験会場に入るまで、とても重々しい雰囲気でさらに緊張感が増しました。

ハローについて

分かりやすく、無駄の無い大変すばらしいテキストで助かりました。ハローさんのおかげでここまでこれたと思っています。

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