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(試験官A, Bはにこやかに迎えてくれた。)Good morning!(大きな声で)

B : Please have a seat.

(どっちのイスに座るのか分からなかったので)Either seat?

B : Yes, you may take either seat.

A : May I ask your name and where you are from?

My name is ?. I'm from Sango town, Nara Prefecture.

A : How far is it from where you live to Nara City?

To this place?

A : No, to Nara City.

Oh, it takes about 30 minutes.

A : I'd like to go to Nara very much. Where in Nara would you recommend?

There are several nice places in Nara. But I like Nara Park best.

A : Why is that?

It is a very large park. There are lots of green trees and grass there. It's relaxing and peaceful. Nara Park is also known as Deer Park, because there are lots of tame deer there. Special crackers for deer are sold in the park. So you can feed the deer. It's very much fun?

A : Isn't it dangerous?

Oh, yes, er … it's an important thing. I'd like to add that it's a little dangerous. My brother, when he was about 5 years old, tried to feed deer there. Then a big deer thrust him with its big horns, and then he fell down backward. Fortunately, he didn't get hurt. So I don't recommend you to let your small children feed deer.

A : I think there is a big temple in Nara, called Todaiji. Is it close to Nara Park?

Yes, it is close to Nara Park.

A : Could you explain a little bit about it? When was it constructed?

(しまった。奈良公園のことは説明しようと思っていたし、東大寺の大仏についても準備していたのに、肝心の建立が何年かを調べていなかった。)
Uh …I think it was constructed in the 7th century.

B : How old is the present Todaiji?

(と聞かれて、さらに困った。下を向きながら・・・)Er … I think it was once burned, but er …(質問を変えてくれるのを待っていたが、試験官はいつまでも待っているので、思いあまって)I guess it's about 300 years old.(試験官は大して気に留めている風もなく)

A : Well, next question. Why do you want to be a tour guide?

I was in the US as a college student many years ago. At the beginning, I had lots of difficulties and problems because my English was poor and I wasn't used to American life yet. Then, many American friends as well as foreign friends who had been staying there longer than I helped me a lot. It was very kind of them, and at that time I thought when I was given a chance next time, I'd like to return the favor and help foreign people who visit Japan.

Who do you live with?

I live with my daughter.

A : OK. How old is your daughter?

She is nine years old.

A : So she is in elementary school, isn't she?

Yes, she is.

A : Do they teach English at your daughter's school?

No, they don't. So, I personally teach English to her.

A : Do you think it's good to teach English at elementary school?

Yes, I think it's good. What I think is that the earlier they start learning English, the better they can learn correct pronunciation and sentence structure.

A : OK. What do you do? Do you work?

I'm mostly a housewife. But I also teach English to children.(ここで試験官がけげんそうな顔をしたので)Oh, sorry, I forgot to explain to you. I teach English to my daughter with her friends.

A : OK. I heard that there is the day called higan in Japan. Could you explain what it is?

There are two higan. One falls on the 23rd or 24th of September, and the other one the 20th or 21st of March. On these days, the length of day and night is equal. Many Buddhist temples hold special services and people visit their ancestors' graves to pay their repect.

A : Oh, and do they also make wishes at the graves?

Yes, I think so.

A : OK. That's all about it. Thank you for coming here all the way.

Oh, is that all?

A : Yes, that's all. Thank you very much. I enjoyed meeting you.

Oh, me too. Thank you very much.
(最後にドアをあけて退室する際に振り返り、Good-byと笑顔で言うと、試験もGood-byと笑顔で返してくれた。なぜ、覚えたはずのVernal Equinox DayとAutumnal Equinox Dayが言えなかったのか、今とても悔やまれる。全体的に、次から次へと猛スピードで質問を浴びせかけられながら終わった感じがした。あっと言う間のような気がしたが、あとで時計を見ると、ずいぶん時間がたっていて驚いた。合格する人は比較的早く大和あると聞いていたので、少し不安である。)


 
 
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