受験者(65):女性

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Good morning.

A,B,C : Good morning. Please put your bags on the chair.

(試験官A、Bともにニコニコしている。試験官Aは優しそうで、安心する。)

A : Please tell me briefly about yourself.

My name is .... I live in .... I have no job right now, but I used to work for a foreign-affiliated company as an executive secretary for more than ... years.

(最終回の模擬面接授業で全く同じ質問があり、このように時にとの程度答えたらよいのか、指導してもらっていたので、落ち着いて答えることができた。)

A : Thank you.

(返事をしようとしたが、声が出ず、笑ってうなずいただけ。)

A : Now, I'd like to ask you about a Japanese business practice. Why do Japanese people exchange their name cards so often?

This is a deep-rooted Japanese custom. Japanese people's names sound similar, but they may have different Chinese characters.

(日本的事象のクラスでやったことがあるのに、ほとんど忘れていたので、慌てる。)

Also, Japanese people feel comfortable when they belong to a certain group, so name cards are an effective way to prove which group they belong to. That's two reasons I can think of now.

(全員うなずいてくれて、一応この質問は打ち切り。)

A : I see. Next question. What do you think about the increasing crimes committed by the younger generation?

It's a very sad and serious social problem. But I think it's a media hype. It's been exaggerated. Many young people are nice people. However, it is true that more and more serious crimes, such as murder, have been committed by young people.

(何か、支離滅裂。)

A : What do you think about these crimes? Your own idea, not from newspapers.

(このことは、特訓コースで度々指摘された。自分の考えを、自分の言葉で語りなさい、と。)

I think it's a tragedy of affluent societies. Parents became rich. Grandparents became rich. Parents give money to their children. Grandparents spoil their grandchildren. They tend to think they can do whatever they want. Poor parenting and disciplining. People say schools educate children, but without basic manners and morals at home, schools cannot teach children to behave properly. I think it's the home. We should start from home.

B : Now, let me ask you about Japanese culture. What is "ochoko"?

(お猪口とは、考えたこともなかったので慌てる。)

"Ochoko" ... ah, it's a kind of tableware. It's made of mainly porcelain or ceramic, a kind of miniature cup to drink sake, fermented Japanese alcohol beverage. There are various kinds of designs and they're beautiful. This will make a good souvenir for tourists.

B : Why is "ochoko" so small?

(エッ、何でだろう?)

It's Japanese people's custom to pour into each other's cups to promote goodwill and deepen friendship. If it's too big, they get drunk easily.

(全員が派手に笑ってくれる。)
(試験官Aは、試験官Bに対し何か質問はないかと聞く。試験官Bはない、と首を振る。)

A : That's all. Thank you for coming today.

Thank you very much.

(アッという間に終わった。やはりあがっていたのだろう。いつもより早口になり、文法の間違いも多くなってしまった。)

 

 
 
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