B,A: Hello. Please take a seat.（緊張して、ガチガチ。心臓の鼓動が聞こえる）
Thank you. Hello, nice to meet you.（意識して、笑顔で）
B: Please tell me your name.
My name is ....
B: Where do you live?
I live in ... in Tokyo.（ハッキリと言ったことで、少し落ち着いてきた）
A: O.K. Are you originally from there? Or were you born somewhere else?
I was born in Ibaraki prefecture. The name of the city is called ... city.
A: Yes it is. I know. Now, first of all, thank you for coming and it is a pleasure to see you today. I want you to relax and enjoy this opportunity as much as you can. I'm going to ask you 3 questions. Please relax.
Thank you. I'll do my best.
A: First question for you is ... why are so many Japanese eager to take an examination?
This is because of recession in Japan. Japan has been suffering from recession for about 10 years now. So many companies go under restructuring and many people are laid off now. So many people are afraid that they might be fired and won't be able to support their family. Many people take exams from the fear of getting fired. If you have a license or special ability or talent, you don't have to work for a company. You can work anywhere you like with your ability including overseas.
A: I agree with your comment. O.K. the next question is social issue in Japan. What do you think about English education in Japan?
Well, I have a niece in primary school and she is in third-grade now. I was talking to her a few weeks ago and she told me that she has an English class once every week. I was very surprised to hear this. Because in my age, I don't think I had a chance to talk to a foreigner when I was in primary school. She does not learn things like grammar at school but she is not afraid to talk to foreigners or communicate with them at all. I think this is very important. If you have a chance to get in touch with foreign people and English from primary school, it helps a lot when you go on to junior high school or high school where you learn grammar, etc., because you have more purpose or motive to learn English.
Zabuton is a cushion used to see on a tatami floor in Japanese house. Now,most of Japanese people live in Western-style houses. But Western-style houses have at least one Japanese room covered with tatami mats. You use tatami, I'm sorry I mean zabuton when we sit on the tatami floor. It helps to relieve you pain on your buttock and legs.
A: Thank you.（少しの沈黙の後）I guess this is all (smile). I'm sorry that I don't have any more questions for you but we are running out of our time. Thank you for coming and it was pleasure to have you as we learned lots of things from you today. I was very impresses with you expressions and vocabulary. You answered the questions very well. One more question. May I ask you where you learned your English from?
I lived in Australia for 3 and half years when I was in primary school.
A: Oh, again, thank you for coming.
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