受験者(41):女性

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May I have a seat?(誰も座るように言ってくれなかったので)

B: Please.

Thank you.

B: (いきなり)How do you write your name in Chinese characters?

I write it "big" and "eye" in Chinese characters.(目を指さす)Unfortunately, you can't associate it with my face.(にっと笑って見せる)(A, B, Cつられて笑ってくれた。)

B: Your name is very uncommon.

Yes, it's very unusual. Everybody says so.

B: (「その名字は日本のどこのものか」のようなことを聞かれた。)

It's my husband's name, and he said the name is originally from Shikoku island. He also said the name derives from the mesh of fisherman's net.
(A, B, C「ほぉー」という反応。特にBは興味津々)

B: Where do you live?

I live in ... ward, Tokyo.

B: Do you live near the river?

Yes, and my house is also close to Chiba Prefecture.

C: You live in both cultures.

Yes, I can enjoy both Tokyo and Chiba.

C: OK, I'll ask you questions.(やっとネイティブからの質問で少し安心)Why do many Japanese, I believe, most Japanese, want qualifications?

I think this trend has been strong recently. Japan is in a severe recession, and the lifetime employment system has been collapsing. Many people realize they should be independent, not depend on companies. So, people want qualifications to build up themselves.

C: Then, do people want qualifications for their own, not for their job?

I think for both. They want qualifications to gain ability for job and also, for cultivation of their inner self.

C: But.....(少々長い質問で「leisure timeの方が楽しくないのか?」のような質問)

Yes, people sincerely, purely (honestlyと言いたかった)like leisure.(Cが初めてにこっとしてくれた)But they know they should live for themselves, so they think they should get qualifications. But people also realize their study for qualifications is important and interesting. I also.... when I started to study for this examination, I realized how interesting it is to study Japanese culture and what Japan is.(Bがにっこりしてくれて嬉しい)

C: Why David Beckham is so popular in Japan?(なんかいやそうに)

I think this is because he has very good looking. Also, he has very good ability of soccer. Mostly, people have only good looking or ability of job. But he has both, so it's very appealing to Japanese people.

C: But there are many other players who have also good lookings and very good ability. Spain's players are all so fantastic. Why only Beckam?(やっぱり、すごくいやそう。ベッカムが嫌いなのか?)

Well, I think it is because Beckham has also very soft atmosphere.(ここでやっとCが「なるほど」という感じでうなづいてくれてホッ)His soft atmosphere is very appealing to Japanese people, because he looks very friendly to Japanese people.(もう少しくどくど言ったかも)

C: Are there more female fans than male fans?

Yes, I think so. At an airport, when he came here, I saw far more female fans than male fans. Male fans there maybe like him because of his ability, but female fans like him for his good looking.(Bはやっぱりうんうんとにっこり)

C: I think it's time. Thank you.

Oh, thank you very much.

 
 
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