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A,B: Good morning.

Good morning.

B: Please sit down.

(コートと鞄は部屋の外の廊下の椅子に置いておいた)

A: Please tell us your name.

My name is ....

A: Where are you from?

I’m from Kawanishi City.

A: Where is Kawanishi City?

It is close to Takarazuka City or Ikeda City.

A: Oh, I see. Now, I’m going to ask you some questions.

Yes.

A: Many Japanese go to English conversation schools, but why do you
think they do that?

(用意していない質問が出た)

As Japan becomes more internationalized, more Japanese need to
communicate with foreign customers. Japanese often visit overseas
customers, and foreign customers often come to Japan.

(思わず、自分の以前勤めていた会社を思い出して答えてしまった)

A: (仕事で英語を使うビジネスマンは、日本人全体から見れば少数派ではないのか)

Yes, that’s true …

(「間を置かずに何か答えなければ」と焦る)

Historically, Japan had been isolated for more than 200 years under a
national seclusion policy, so most Japanese have had few chances to
speak English or any other foreign language.

(試験官Bは頷いてくれているが、この先どう結論づけるか、焦る)

Japanese often watch TV programs where foreign actors speak English
fluently. They admire foreigners who speak English fluently. One of
our dreams is to speak English fluently.

(とにかく何でもよいからしゃべりきった、という感じ)

A: I see. These days, however, the Chinese economy is growing rapidly,
so won’t it become more important to learn Chinese from now on?

Chinese businessmen can speak English, so we can communicate with each
other in English.

A: Oh, really?

(「あら、そうなの?」と意外だという表情)

A: Next question. What is butsudan?

Butsudan …

(困っている私を見て、試験官Bがにやっと笑う)

Butsudan is a Buddhist altar. It comes from Buddhism.

(試験官AとBが頷いてくれた)

It is believed that the spirits of the dead live in a butsudan.

(「宿っている」という単語が見つからず)

My house also has a butsudan. We sometimes pray at the butsudan to
make various wishes. We also have to remember our ancestors such as
our grandfathers and grandmothers when we pray at a butsudan. During
obon, a Buddhist monk comes to our home and prays at the butsudan to
console the departed souls.

A: OK. What do you think about the aging society in Japan?

I think this is a worrisome situation, because the number of workers
paying taxes will decrease, while government expenses will increase.
In order to increase the birth rate, the government should provide
subsidies to help support parents with babies. This may solve the
financial problems among some parents. Also, setting up more day-care
centers and promoting the one-year maternity leave system would be
helpful for working parents.

A: I see. That’s all for the questions.

Thank you very much for taking the time to interview me.

(と試験官Aに言い、BとCにアイコンタクトした。三人とも笑顔で答えてくれた。無愛想なCも最後に笑ってくれた)


三つの質問のうち、最初の二問は用意していなかったので、やはり後から振り返ると、内容も文法も不十分ですが、自分なりにはきはき大きな声で回答できま
した。


 


 
 
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