A, B： Hello
B： Put your bag on the left chair and have a seat.
B： May I have your name?
My name is ○○○○.
B： Where are you from?
I’m from Osaka City.
B： Now we will give you some questions.（と言って、Aの方を見て、質問するように促した）
A： I will give you some questions about Japanese culture. So please listen carefully.
A： What’s “nabe”?
“Nabe” is a popular dish among Japanese. It is a hotpot dish. A lot of ingredients such as fish, meat, vegetables are cooked together in a large pot at the table. We Japanese love “nabe” in winter to keep ourselves warm. The best thing about “nabe” is that you share “nabe” with other members of your family or with your friends and everyone can enjoy talking over “nabe”.
A： Is it easy to cook?
Yes. We just cut vegetables, prepare meat and fish, and put them in hot broth in a pot. It is very easy to cook.
A： Is that all?
A： OK. Next, what is “obi”?
“Obi” is a broad sash tied at your back on a kimono. “Obi” for men and “obi” for women differ in width, length, design and color.
A： Isn’t it tight?
Yes. Very tight. And it’s difficult to put on “obi” and a kimono.
A： Have you ever worn a kimono?
Yes. A few times.
A： Do you think every woman has worn a kimono at least once?
Yes. I think so. We wear a kimono in the New Year Holidays. And university students wear a kimono at their graduation ceremony.
A： Why don’t Japanese people wear their shoes in their house?
It is a tradition. Japanese people want to keep their house clean, so they take their shoes off at the entrance. And when they take off their shoes, they feel relaxed.
A： In Western countries, you have to wear shoes in the house. What do you think about it?
I want to take off my shoes. I will change into slippers.
A： You want to take off your shoes even in a Western house?
Yes, I think so.
A： Next, why do Japanese like to learn English?
Actually, junior high schools and high schools have English classes, but they place a lot of importance on writing, reading and translating, not speaking. So many Japanese can’t speak English fluently. So many Japanese learn English. And many Japanese love traveling abroad. They need to speak English because English is an international language. So many Japanese learn to speak English.
A： Do you think it’s a waste of time to learn English at school?
I don’t think so. Writing, reading and translating are also important. But I think schools should also place importance on speaking.
A： Do you like speaking English?
Yes. But I feel nervous now.
A： What do you think about the spread of the bird flu?
It is a very dangerous thing. Actually, a few people died from the bird flu. So the government should take some measures against the bird flu in order to prevent the spread of the bird flu.
A： OK. That’s all. Thank you. Nice talking with you.
A： Have a nice day.
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