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A, B : Hello.

Hello. May I sit here?

B : Yes, please sit down.

Thank you.

A : Please tell us your name and where you live.

My name is .... I live in Yamanashi Prefecture.

A : How long does it take to get to Tokyo from Yamanashi?

It takes about one and a half hours by the super-express train, but actually, I came here last night and stayed at a hotel in Yuraku-cho.

A : OK. Please tell me about some famous things in Yamanashi.

Yamanashi is famous for Mt. Fuji, which is the highest mountain in Japan. Also, we have delicious fruits including cherries, peaches, grapes, and persimmons. Moreover, there are nice hot springs in Yamanashi.

A : I see. Can you climb to the top of Mt. Fuji?

Yes, you can. You can go by car to the fifth station at an altitude of 2,350 meters, but you have to walk from there to the top. It takes about four hours. I am a local of Yamanashi, but I have not climbed to the top of Mt. Fuji. You need physical strength.

A : You mentioned hot springs. How often do you go to hot springs?

Well, I love to bathe in hot springs, so I go twice a month. After bathing, I always have a massage because I have stiff shoulders.
Having a massage is heavenly for me!

(試験官Aはニコニコしている。)
A : What do you think about alternative medicine, for example, massage or shiatsu or acupuncture?

Personally, I have acupuncture one a week because I have stiff shoulders, as I told you. My acupuncturist is a Chinese lady and she says that acupuncture is sometimes very effective for serious diseases such as liver-related diseases. I myself don't have any serious diseases, but I don't think acupuncture induces side effects, so I like it. I think alternative medicine is good.

A : OK. I would like to ask you another question. What do you think about English education in elementary school.

I support that idea. I think the listening comprehension of young children is wonderful. I work for a private English language school, and I myself teach English to junior and senior high school students.
I don't teach elementary school students, but one of my colleagues who teaches elementary school students says that their listening comprehension skill is amazing. The appropriate age for acquiring new languages is from about ten to twelve or so. Therefore, I think the Education Ministry should promote English education in elementary schools.

A : OK, that's it. Thank you for coming.

(時事問題でもなく、日本人論でもなく、伝統文化でもない、割合柔らかめの話題だった。それだけに、もう少し表現を工夫すべきだったかも知れない。しかし、緊張しているととっさにはなかなか気の利いた表現が使えないもの。本当に単純な言い回しでやり過ごした感じだった。試験官は、Cを除いては終始にこやかで会話が楽しめた、という印象だった。)

 
 
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