受験者( 12 ):女性
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Good morning!
A:B: Good morning!

(鞄を椅子の傍に置くつもりで持っていったら以下の様に指示があった。)
A: Please put your bag on the desk in the back.
Please have a seat.

Thank you.
B: May I have your name?

My name is XXX.
B: And where are you from?

I'm from ..... city, ......
A: Thank you for coming today.(Bも微笑む)

My pleasure.
A: Now I'm going to ask you some questions.(声が小さく前半が聞き取りにくかったが、質問ではなかったので安心した。)

Yes.
A: Why are there so many hot springs in Japan?

Because there are many volcanic mountains in Japan. (volcanicがスムースに言えず何度も言い直した。)
And...there are roughly three thousand hot spring resorts.
A: Three thousand!? (驚いた様子)

Yes, roughly three thousand throughout the nation.(確かそうだったと思ったけど…と徐々に、自信がなくなる。)
A: OK, do you like hot springs?

Personally, I don't really like hot springs so much (思わず本音が出てしまった。),but my father loves hot springs very much.
A: So you mean only senior people enjoy hot springs?

No, hot springs are enjoyed by senior people and younger people as well.
A: I see. How about bath houses?

There are many bath houses before but the number is decreasing.(銭湯をイメージして答えてしまった。)
A: Oh, really...(もう一言ずつ会話を交わしたはずですが、失念しました。)
A: Next question. When did the last shogun end?

It's Tokugawa family, and the shogunate system ended in the mid 19th century.(徳川家と言うつもりでfamilyと言ってしまった。)
A: So when did it end? (再度聞きなおされたので私の返答が的外れなのかも、と少しパニックになった。)

When...
A: Yes. When did it end?(Whenを強調して)

Well, the last shogunate system, the Edo period, was from 1603 to 1867.
A: Okay. Next question. How often do Japanese have a bath?

Japanese have a bath everyday. We like to soak into a deep, hot bath. Usually, most of Japanese have a bath at night before they go to bed or before dinner. And some younger people have a shower to shampoo in the morning before going out.(先の失敗を何とか挽回しようと力むあまり特に必要のないことまで付け加えてしまった。)
A: Are there any differences between the Japanese-style bath and the Western-style bath?

Yes, the Japanese-style bath is different from the Western-style bath. The Japanese-style bath has a bathtub and some space for washing your body. And a bathtub is only for soaking, and using towels in a bathtub is not allowed. (not allowedではなく別の表現をすればよかったと後悔。)
A: Really?? Why?

If you bring a towel in to a bathtub, you want to rub your body.(身振り手振りを交えて)
A: Sure!

We don't use towels to keep the water clean. Because every family member uses the same water on the bathtub. It is the last person who drains.
A: I see. Okay, that was the last question. Thank you very much!

Thank you!!(日本語での質問があると思っていたので座ったまま。)
A: You may leave the room.

(立ち上がりもう一度)Thank you very much.

(感想:廊下で待機中に別の部屋から大きな笑い声が聞こえてきて、リラックスできていたが、いざ入室すると試験官が2人だけで日本人の方だけで、意外な感じがしました。易しい質問ばかりだったはずなのに、前半は思うように話せず悲しかったです。
返答中に頭の中で「的外れな事を言っていないか」と気になりましたが、言い切りました。

 

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