受験者(47):女性

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B: Hello.

Hello.

C: Please take a seat.

Thank you.

C: What is your name?

My name is ......

C: Where do you live?

I live in ...., which is 10 minutes away from Shinjuku on the Oedo Line.

B: Thank you for coming today on this horrible rainy day.

I'm happy to be here.

B: Okay, now I'm going to ask you a couple of questions and time will pass very quickly. So...please relax and answer my questions.

Okay.

B: Why do Japanese like taking tests?(私がよく分からなそうな顔をしたのか)Like this one.(笑)

I think it's because many Japanese want something that proves their abilities. They feel more confident if they have a certificate because it gives them a sense of formality, I mean,....

B: Do you like them? Obviously. You're here now...(みんなで笑う)

Yes, the fact that I'm here obviously says something.(「でもこれは違うんです!ガイドになりたいんです!!」と言えば良かったとあとで大反省。これはひっかけ問題でしょう。)

B: Do you think they're important?

Well, not because I value them, but because the public think....

B:(さえぎられる)Oh!!

I mean, it's how I got into college with Eiken and TOEFL...(これは通じてない可能性大)

B: Okay, the next question is about pop culture.(「分かるでしょー」と言いたそうな顔をしてニヤニヤ笑うので一応笑い返す)

Okay.

B: Lately, there are cell phones with cameras on them. What do you think about them?

Well, Japanese people love taking pictures so I think this was a smart move on the cell phone companies' part. However, the lack of privacy makes me uncomfortable. The companies added the sound of a shutter to the camera so you know when somebody's taking a picture. But that's not enough... and the posture of sending a mail(ジェスチャー)and the one when you're taking a picture is the same(ジェスチャー). So it's hard to tell.(まとまらないので何か言ってくれそうなことをはさむ)I don't have a cell phone. So....

B: (期待に応えてくれて)You must be the last person in Japan!!(笑)

I'm sure I am.

B: Why don't you have one?(明らかにテストのことは無視して)

It's kind of like a ....leash.(Bはうなづく)I'll have to get one when I start working, but as for now.... My friends hate it, though. They can never find me.(笑)

B: I have some friends who don't have a cell phone. They say it gives them a sense of freedom.

Is it different?

B: Well, it makes it hard to contact them sometimes.(私:うなづく)You know what you could do is get a cell phone and just don't tell your number to a lot of people....

That's a good idea.

B: That's just a little piece of advice.(我に戻って)Well, we're running out of time. So here's the last question.

Okay!(笑顔)

B: What is zabuton?

A zabuton is a mat that the Japanese sit on when they sit on the ground, on a tatami. We use this because the Japanese tuck their feet in(ジェスチャーするが多分机で見えていない)instead of crossing their legs. So the zabuton acts as a buffer between the ground and your feet.

B: Relief for your bony legs. It's painful, isn't it?

The zabuton makes it better.

B:(笑って)The zabuton makes it better.... Okay then. That's all the time we have today.

Okay. Thank you.(出ようとするが、ドアの開け方が分からずとまどっていたら。。。)

B: Push!!

Thank you!(と振り向いて笑って帰った)

 
 
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