受験者( 97 ):女性
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(ドアをノックしておじぎをして入る)
A:Please put your bag on the table near the door.
Yes, thank you.(かばんを置き、中央の椅子の横に立つ)
A:Please sit down.
Yes, thank you.
B:Assume I am a foreign tourist and you are a tour guide, and let me ask you some questions. OK?
Yes, please.
B:What is your name and where are you from?
My name i..... and I am from .... city in .... prefecture.(試験官二人とも「ほうっ」と驚いたような様子)
B:... is so far from here. What is famous in ....?
Well, .... is famous for its summer big float festival. It’s worldly famous…(....の名前がなぜか出てこない)and it’s so fantastic and dynamic to see the movements of the big floats… which are covered with paper and also made of bamboo stick. (floats which are made of bamboo frame covered with paperと言おうとしてわけのわからない表現になってしまった)
B:How large is the float?
Oh, it’s very big…as tall as small buildings…the height is as the same as tall buildings.(比較級の言い方がとっさに出てこず、ビルも低いのか高いのかどっちつかずの言い方をしてしまったが、いつのまにか身を乗り出して大きな身振り手振りで必死に説明していた)
B:How did you come here today?
Actually, I came here from my parents’ home this morning. I was living in .... for nearly 30 years.
B:Ah, now I see. How did you feel when you came home?
Oh, I felt so calm coming home and am fantastic to see beautiful scenery of .... again especially in this season. The colored leaves here are so beautiful.
B:By the way, could you tell me how to get to Mt. Fuji?
(わー、富士山への行き方なぞ知らないとあせりつつ、あせりを隠して)Are you now in Tokyo?
B:Yes.
You are in Tokyo…hmm..at first, take a train from Tokyo station. I believe it will take about an hour or so. Then get off at the nearest station to Mt. Fuji.(東京駅からどの路線に乗り、どの駅で降りて、何時間かかるかといった基本情報を知らないまま適当に答える。我ながらひどいガイディングだと思いながら素知らぬ顔して)At the station, you will find a bus in front of you. It will take you to the fifth station of Mt. Fuji. Then, you can climb Mt. Fuji from there.
B:Have you climbed Mt. Fuji?
I’m afraid I have not. Actually, I have an asthma..(余計なことを言ってしまったと思いながら否定したままではいけないと思い)but I would love to climb Mt. Fuji someday, because Mt. Fuji is a symbol of Japan!!
B:I see. Next question. Until when did the last Shogun exist?
The last shogun Yo…Yo…Tokugawa(ここで慶喜の名前を度忘れ)..I forgot the name of the last shogun, but I will remember later.(last shogunの名前を聞かれているわけではなかったので、改めて言う必要がなかったのだがここでも余計なことを口走ってしまったが開き直って)Anyway, the last shogun existed until 1867 when the Meiji Restoration occurred. In the Meiji Restoration, the last shogun gave his political power back to the Emperor and the Tokugawa shogunate which had lasted about 270 years finally ended.(結局慶喜の名前は最後まで思い出せなかったが、文を言い終わるとにっこり笑って次の質問を待った)
B:OK.(とくに突っ込まれることもなく)Do Japanese take a bath everyday?
Yes, Japanese usually take a bath almost everyday…or every..(every other dayが出てこず舌をかむが).. yes, everyday! (と言い切る)Japanese people like to soak in a deep bathtub in any season, because it is a very good way to release stress in our daily lives.
B:OK. Why do you want to be a tour guide?
I have been raised in many places in Japan and impressed by the local variety in culture, history and tradition in each place in Japan. In addition, I love to communicate with foreign people and to exchange knowledge about culture each other. When traveling abroad, I met people who were so kind to me and I felt so happy. That’s why I decided to do the reverse…I mean, I want to be kind to people from abroad and introduce Japanese culture. So, I decided to become a tour guide.
B:(にこっと微笑んで)I see. Well, that’s all from me.(面接官Aの方に向かって)Do you have something to ask her?
A:Yes. What is your…..?
(声が小さく最後の方が聞き取れなかったので)I’m sorry but could you….(とここまでいうと質問を繰り返してくれた)
A:What is your favorite food?
Oh, food! My favorite food is definitely Okonomiyaki.(笑顔で二人を交互に見ながら)Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake made of batter mixed with eggs and wheat flour and a variety of topping.(料理方法を述べるのを忘れた)It’s just like a Japanese pizza. You can put beef, pork, chopped cabbage and other vegetables, and seafood. Basically, you can put anything you want. My favorite ingredients are mochi, or sticky rice cakes, and cheese. They are the best for me! I ate Okonomiyaki the day before yesterday with my family.
B:(面接官Aと目配せして)Well, that’s all for today.
Thank you very much.
B:Thank you. Please enjoy staying with your family!
Oh, I will! Thank you very much! 思いがけない優しい言葉に満面の笑顔で応え、おじぎをして退出) <予期していなかった質問に、ガイドとしては正しい情報を与えてないなあと思いつつ、ただがむしゃらに答えてしまいました。落ち着いて質問を聞いてゆっくり考えながら話そうと、あれほど注意していたはずが、本番では文を構成して文法を考えて答える余裕はなく、部屋を退出したときには恥ずかしさでどっと冷や汗が出ました。間違った英語が多かったと思いますが、面接官は始終なごやかで対応してくれたと思います。青森と聞いても場所を聞くこともなかったので、面接官はかなり日本に詳しいような印象を受けました。同時に、規定の質問以外に、受験者の答えに臨機応変に質問する裁量が面接官に与えられている印象を持ちました>

 

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