試験官

【外国人試験官A】

白人の若い女性。かなり高い声、早いスピードで話す傾向があり、本当に自然な会話するような感じで面接を進めていた。

【日本人試験官B】

年配の女性。50代くらいと思われる。ほとんど言葉を発することはなかったが、にこやかな感じ。

質疑応答の内容

(試験会場のドアを開けて、日本人試験官から入室するように促されました。ノックしたあと、自分でドアを開けて入室し、Good morning.と言ったあと、イスへ進みました。許可を得るまでもなく、荷物をとなりのイスにおいて座るように指示されました)

Let's begin. Please relax.

May I ask your name and where you from?

My name is ........, and I'm from ........ city in ........ Prefecture.

Oh, ........! How did you get here?

I came here by car, and parked my car in the nearby parking.(公共の交通機関で来るようにと通知票にあったので言ってよかったのかな?と、あとで思いました)

Oh, you drove a car yourself! I also came here by car. Now, I'm going to ask you some questions. I would like to know the topographical features of Japan. What are they like?

OK, Japan is a mountainous county and volcanic ranges run through the country. That's why there are many good hot springs and also small earthquakes frequently occur.

Oh, earthquakes. Are they very dangerous?

Most of them are minor ones, so you don't have to worry about them. But sometimes very big earthquakes occur. (earthquakeの単複、冠詞がよく分からなかったです)

When did it occur recently?

I think a big earthquake occurred in the Tohoku region, and many years ago there was a big earthquake in the Kansai region. Many people were killed in it.

Where in Kansai?

In Hyogo Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture.

I see. Was it very big?

Yes, very big. Thousands of people were killed.

That's dangerous.

I think so.

I would like to see beautiful scenery. Where do you recommend?

I would like to recommend Mt. Fuji. Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, and it is very beautiful. Especially if you go to the area around Lake Kawaguchi, you can enjoy viewing the natural form of the peak. Also you can see the reflection of Mt. Fuji on the placid lake water. (「晴れた日に」と付け加えるのを忘れました) When I was a child, I saw the reflection of Mt. Fuji on the water, and it was great.

Oh, you remember it.

Yes.

What's Shodo?

Shodo is Japanese calligraphy. It is an art form of writing Japanese. Particular emphasis is placed on the shades of the ink, the combination of the strokes, and movements of a writing brush. It is practiced to cultivate our inner self.

What do you mean? “Cultivate your inner self”?

Oh, I mean we train our mind through practicing calligraphy.

I see. Concentrate .... (独り言のように)What do you write? Do you write something special?

We write some phrases from famous poems or any Chinese characters you like.

So not pictures.

No. Only characters, Chinese characters. (言い直しました)

Do you think the current world economic recession has influenced Japan?(「世界的な景気後退」と言いましたが、どのような単語を使ったかははっきり覚えていません)

Yes, I think so. Many workers including my friends were laid off, and some companies went bankrupt. It is a threat to our life. The government should take a drastic measure to cope with it. But this year we saw the historical shift in power from LDP to DPJ. I hope it will positively influence the Japanese economy.

What is the mandatory retirement age in Japan?(「定年はいつか」と聞かれましたが、質問文がこのような感じだったかは忘れました)

Usually Japanese people retire at the age of 60, but some retire at the age of 65.

What do they do after their retirement?

I think many senior citizens(60代の人たちと言いたかった)are very active and energetic. So, many of them keep working after 60. Also, the number of old people has been increasing.

Is it easy to find a job after retirement?

These days it is difficult because of the bad economy, I think. But some succeed in finding new jobs.(日本人面接官ともアイコンタクトをしたほうがいいかと思いそちらをみたらにこにこしていました)

I think people 60 years old are still very young, too.

I think the retirement age will be 65 in the future.

Is that because the number of children is smaller than the number of old people?

Yes. The government should take some measures regarding this matter, too.

Is it a problem?

Yes, I think so. But the government is thinking about a plan of monthly allowance to the families with children.

So, they can get money.(へえ、というようにうなずきました)

Yes. I am not sure if it works well. But I hope so.

I hope so, too. Would you explain Shichi-go-san?

Shichi-go-san is children's festival observed on Dcember ... excuse me, November 15. Boys of 5, girls of 7, and 3-year-old children of either sex go to local Shinto shrines with their parents to pray for the blessing of the god. After the worship, many of them buy Chitoseame.(「何それ」というような反応でしたので、続けて)Chitoseame is sold at shrines.

OK.(大きくうなずきました)Do they like it?

I think 3- year-old kids are too small to understand the meaning of the

Festival. But children can wear pretty kimonos, so some of them must like it.

In particular girls like it.(時計を見て)I think it's time to finish.(日本人面接官がうなずいて)Well, we are finished. Thank you very much. Have a good day.

Thank you very much. Good bye.

受験の感想

昨年度2次試験で失敗しましたが、ハローのテキストで勉強したことで、どういう答えを期待されているかをよく理解して面接に臨めたことが昨年と今年の大きく違う点だと思います。試験がとても短く感じました。私も結構早口で、ネイティブの面接官はもっと早口だったのでかなり早いペースで会話が進みました。ネイティブの面接官は足を組んで斜めに座っていて、かなりカジュアルな雰囲気でした。日本人面接官は本当に何も質問しませんでした。ハローの「300選」と「直前対策テキスト」、セミナー1、2、3のテキストを丸暗記に近い形で勉強していましたが、その勉強法で本当にすべての解答をカバーすることができました。最後のメルマガの予想問題にも前日、前々日に目を通しましたがとても役に立ちました。あの情報もとても貴重でした。また、ハローの個人面接でいい評価をもらえたことも自信になりました。一度もI don't know.と言わずに済み、少し文法的な間違いはありますが、結構よくできたと思います。

ハローについて

どのテキストもとてもよくできていると思います。いろいろなものに手をださずにハローのテキストを丸暗記する、もしくは自分のことばで覚えやすいように英文を変えるのが効果的だと思いました。昨年対策を練らずに2次試験に挑戦して失敗したので、テキストのすばらしさや直前対策や模擬面接の大切さはとてもよく分かります。お世話になり、ありがとうございました。また大阪校のスタッフの皆さんがとても親切で、予約や問い合わせなどに丁寧に対応していただきました。この場をかりてお礼申しあげたいと思います。

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