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A : Good afternoon.

Good afternoon.

A : Please have a seat.

B : What is your name?

My name is ....

B : Where do you live?

I live in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture.

A : What do you think about the recent explosion?

In Nagoya

(試験官A、うなづく。)

I was very sad when I heard the news, because three people died and many were injured. I think the person who set the fire was very pessimistic about his future.

A : He didn't get his salary for two or three months, right?

Yes, that's right.

A : Are Japanese people serious about religion?

I don't think Japanese people are serious about religion. But that is because we are open-minded about religion and we try to adopt good things from many religions. We do wedding ceremonies at shrines, and funerals at temples. We even celebrate Christmas.

A : Do you work?

No, I'm a housewife.

A : Do you have any children?

No, but I really want to have children.

A : I won't ask you about your private life, but what do you think about the crimes committed by young people these days?

I feel very sad because crimes by young people are increasing. Young people tend to have lot of pressure from their parents or society. Also, they tend to be isolated because they play video games. That makes them difficult to distinguish the virtual world from the real world. So sometimes, they think they can reset everything even when they kill or stab someone.

(試験官Aは"reset"の意味が分からなかったようで、聞き返した。)

A : That's an interesting idea. I've never heard of it. If a foreign tourist were to visit Nagoya, where would you recommend as a place to visit?

I recommend Nagoya Castle and Osu. Osu has a lot of electric appliance shops and also tourists can enjoy the downtown atmosphere.

A : So tourists can enjoy both new and old things together?

Yes, that's right.

A : Could you explain "setsubun"?

"Setsubun" is held on the second or third of February. People throw dried beans chanting "oniwa-soto" and "fukuwa-uchi", to drive away evil spirits and wish for good luck. It is a custom to eat beans as many as your age.

A : Oh, I'll have to eat a lot of beans. It was very nice talking to you. Thank you very much.

Me too, thank you very much.

 


 
 
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