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Good morning.

A: Good morning.

B: Tell us your name and where you live.

My name is ○○○○. I live in Kochi City, Shikoku.

B: Did you come from Kochi today?.

No, I stayed overnight in Shin-Osaka.

B: Why in Shin-Osaka?

Because, there are many cheap hotels in Shin-Osaka.

A: Now I’m going to ask you some questions. Why do Japanese work for long hours?

Well, there is a fierce competition among Japanese workers. They want to get promoted and get better pay. So they think they must work very hard. Moreover, their bosses tend to stay till late at night, so they feel they also have to stay late.
(思いつきで適当な答から始まって、bossのところだけハローの回答例を利用した。)

A: Do you think this situation will continue?

Well, I’m not sure, but I think it will continue. Employees feel more comfortable in the office than in their small houses.

(試験官BとCが笑う。Aはきょとんしている。)

A: What do you think of the new cabinet members of the Koizumi government?

Well, I’m not so familiar with particular members. But I think that they are pretty good.

(回答があまりにもおおざっぱなので、試験官Aがもう少しテーマを掘り下げるために次の質問を問う。)

A: It's said that Mr. Koizumi decides things without consulting other members. What do you think of it?

In my opinion, it’s much better than behind-the-scene wheeling and dealing.

(ここから、試験官の意図である総選挙や(郵政)改革といったテーマからはずれた回答になっていく。)

Anyway, I like Mr. Koizumi. He is honest and decisive. I like what he does.

(最悪の回答)

A: You are not interested in politics so much, aren’t you?

(とっさに)No, I’m not interested in politics so much.

A:(まあいいか、という感じで)OK. Now, what is “uchiwa”?

It’s a folding paper fan. It’s made of bamboo frame and paper is placed on it for cooling oneself.

(ブロークンな、付け足し英語だがA試験官はうなずいてくれた。)

A: Then what is “hachimaki”?

It’s a cloth headband which are worn on the head. People wear them when they are determined to do something. People wear them at athletic meets.

A: I have seen a shop clerk wear “hachimaki” in “izakaya”.

They are trying to attract customers. They wear hachimaki when they work hard.

A: Why do people on election campaign trucks wear “hachimaki”?

It shows high spirits.

A: Oh, high spirits. I understand.

(この試験官はいい人だ、と思った。)

A: OK, this is the end of the test. Now you have enough time to see the sights in Kyoto. Enjoy yourself.

Thank you.

(期待されている回答からずれた、浅い回答に終始した5分間であった。)



 
 
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