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A: May I have your name?

Yes, my name is ....

A: Where are you from?

I'm from Nagoya City.

A: Many people come from Nagoya. Did you come together?

No, but I met some at the station. It was difficult to find this building. So we came together.

A: I've never thought about it. Yes, it is difficult to get here. Now, I'll ask you some questions.

A: Why don't Japanese husbands scold their wives?

I think they show their modesty by lowering their wives. When a husband says "my wife is a very good cook or she is a very good housewife", other people don't feel good. It's considered haughty or arrogant to praise your family members. So sometimes a husband calls his wife "gusai", my foolish wife. By calling her a foolish wife, he is showing his modesty. But this trend has been changing. If a young husband called his wife "gusai", he would be thrown out of the house.

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A: Next question. What do you think about the "super ice age"?

I'm worried that "karoshi", or death from overwork, is increasing.
Many companies dismiss their employees in the process of downsizing.
No one wants to lose their job, so people work very hard. I work as a teacher. The job is getting very demanding. If I want to change my job, it's very difficult. So I have to stay ... I hope the economy will recover soon.

A: Oh, you are a teacher. Do you teach English? What level or grade do
you teach?

I teach at a junior high school. It's very demanding. The students don't think much about the teachers. I'm like their friends. I'm trying very hard to teach discipline.

A: Very hard, but it's a good job. The last question. What's "takoyaki"?

It's a grilled octopus dumpling. The ingredients include batter, octopus, and green onion. It's easy to eat, so it's popular food at festivals.

A: Good explanation. It was easy to understand. That's all.

Thank you.


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