受験者(17):女性

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B: Hello.(にこにこしていた)

Good morning.

B: Please have a seat.

Thank you.

B: Please tell us your name.

My name is .......

B: Where do you live?

I live in ... city but I am originally from Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu, the Southern island of Japan.

A: Oh, .... city. I used to live in Kichijoji, next to ...., near the park, quiet and nice place. I was single then, but I got married and moved. The living cost was so expensive.

I'm sorry.
(出身地の鹿児島に興味を示してくれたら、話題を準備していたのだが、吉祥寺の話題になってしまって少しあせった)

A: Now, I am going to ask you three tourist questions.

Yes.

A: Why do Japanese businessmen exchange their name cards when they meet?

(すぐに答え始めてしまった。少し時間を置いて答えるべきだった)
This is because they have to identify their positions in the group.
(別の会社の人と名刺交換するのにgroupismを持ち出すのはまずいと思ったが仕方ないのでそのまま続ける)
Japanese people tend to form a group and identify themselves with the group. They have to define their position and the position of other people.
(ここら辺で文法が滅茶苦茶になっていることに気が付くが黙るわけにはいかないので続ける)
People exchange name cards to confirm other people's names and positions.

A: Thank you. Next question is, what do you think of the increasing crime rate, among young people?

Among young people.... I think this is very serious. Probably this is due to the change of society. In old days, community served to monitor people. But today, individualism is prevailing so communities play less role in preventing crimes.(このようなことを言ったが文法ミスだらけ)I think one possible solution is to set more police boxes stationed by the police. Another way is probably education. Japanese had a tendency to act in the same way as other people do without thinking so much about morals and ethics. So schools need to make young people think more seriously about such things.
(犯罪率の上昇については、自分の市で住民が取り組んでいる例を話題として準備していたのだが、忘れていた。試験官が以前近くに住んでいたことを考えると、話していればimpressiveだったと思う。悔しい。)

A: Do you think there are any differences between cities and rural areas?

I think the problem is more serious in urban areas because growth of individualism is more conspicuous. In rural areas, people still keep their traditional values.
(あまりにstereotypeな答えで我ながら嫌になった)

A: Thank you. Well, I found one Japanese word in a dictionary but I do not know what it means. Will you explain it to me? What is "oironaoshi"?

"Oironaoshi,"..... "Oironaoshi" is changing costumes during a wedding ceremony.
(wedding ceremonyではなくてreceptionだったと気付いたが訂正する余裕もないのでそのまま続ける)
In Japan, a bride changes costumes tow or three times during a wedding ceremony. I think this probably is out of vanity.

A: It must be very expensive.

Yes. But Japanese consider wedding as the biggest event in their life so they want to make the wedding ceremony showy and gorgeous.

A: Have you attended Japanese-style wedding ceremonies?

Yes. But most of my friends do not hold wedding ceremonies. They just go to the city office and later hold a small party inviting their friends.

A: Interesting. I am afraid we are running out of time. Thank you for coming.

Thank you.
(何度も練習したのに"You are welcome."が出てこなかった)

(全体的に文法ミスが気になったが、黙るわけにいかないので、ブロークンのまま続けてしまった。話題を準備していたのに、肝心な時に出せなかったのが悔やまれる。)

 
 
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