受験者( 05 ):女性

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試験官

<試験官A>

アメリカ人と思われる40歳前後の女性。

<試験官B>

50歳位の日本人男性。ごく普通の日本人の英語。

質疑応答

Hi! Good morning. How are you?

I'm fine, thank you.

Beautiful day, isn't it? Did you enjoy the scenery?

Yes, but I was too nervous.(確かに、待っている部屋の窓から眺める紅葉は素晴らしかった)

Please relax.

Thank you.

Is it your first time to take this exam?

No, the second time.

Oh, the second time. All right, would you tell us your name and address?

My name is ........, and I live in .........

You are from ......... How long did it take you to come here?

Well, I left home at eight. So, it took me one and a half.

How fast! did you take Shinkansen?

Yes, I took Shinkansen. I wish you give us this test in ........, too.

(Laugh) Well, she asks you questions.

All right. What is the climate of Japan like?

Well, Japan has four clear cut seasons with a rainy season between spring and summer. Japanese climte is influenced by geographical location, summer and winter monsoons, ocean currents and topography.(マニュアルどおりの質問にマニュアルどおりの答え、いいのかな?)

How do you elect your prime minister?

Unlike the President of the United States, we don't elect our prime minister. The leader of the ruling party becomes the prime minister. Now, the Liveral Democratic Party rules, so the members of the Liveral Democratic Party choose the prime minister.

I see. Why do Japanese like sea bream?

Well, sea bream is Tai in Japanese, and it's the same sound in Medetai. Medetai means lucky. So sea bream is considered to be a lucky fish and it brings you fortune and luck.

Do you like sea bream?

Yes, I like it very much, and I'm sure you will like it too.

(Laugh) Why are there so many temples in Kamakura?

In Kamakura? Well, Kamakura was the capital of Japan about 1000 years ago, and at that time Budhism was very popular. That's why there are many temples in Kamakura. (こんな簡単な説明でよかったかな?)

In Japan most of the buildings are made of wood. Why don't they use stone?

That's a difficult question. We don't have much stone, and wood gives us warm atmosphere, so we like wood buildings. (たじたじ)

All, right. Why do you want to be a tour guide?

Well, I myself like travelling, and while I traveled in foreign countries, I enjoyed meeting people and learning about different cultures. So, I'd like to share this enjoyment with foreigners visiting Japan. And I'd like to entertain visitors as much as possible.

How do you entertain them?

I will try to make them comfortable, and give them right knowledge of Japan. (もう、質問終ったんじゃないの?そんなに突っ込まないで)

You said you would give them right knowlede. If foreign people ask 'what's the difference between temples and shrines', how do you answer?

Temples and shirines? Shrines always have torii. They are usually painted red and they are gateways to the shrines. Temples have statues of Budha, and they usually have pagodas and gongs or bells which they ring on new year's eve.

I see. In order to improve your knowledge of Japanese history, what do you do?

I try to read books, and I like watching historical dramas. And I try to remember what I learned at school.

They say sense of humor is important for communication. How do you think you can improve your sence of humor?

Well, I like listening to rakugo. By doing so, I think we can improve our sense of humor.

All right. Thank you.

Have a good day.

Thank you.

受験の感想

日本人の試験官があんなに質問するとは、思っていなくて面接時間がとても長く感じた。事実、私は、3人グループの真ん中だったけれど、一緒に待っていた中で最後に番が廻ってきた。たぶん、他の部屋の人達よりあの日本人男性試験官による質問が多かったのだと思う。アメリカ人と思われる女性は、マニュアルどおりに質問していたのだと思う。

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