受験者(72):女性

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A : Good afternoon!

Good afternoon

A : Please have a seat.

Thank you.

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

My name is ... and I live in Chiba city.

A : How do you feel now?

Well, I am more than happy to be here.

(本当は I’m nervous と言いそうになったのですが、ますます上がってしまいそうなので、敢えてこう言いました。)

A : Good! Now I’m going to ask you a few questions. I have noticed that Japanese people often clap their hands in a particular way when they are closing ceremonies. Why is that?

(実際の質問はもう少し長かったと思います。かなり早口だったので正確に聞き取れたかどうか自信がありませんでしたが、聞き返すには質問が長すぎると思い、そのまま答えました。”particular way” と言われたので、三本締めの事だと思ったのですが・・・。)

That’s because clapping hands in particular way is our traditional way of closing ceremonies. We normally do this on auspicious occasions such as celebration parties or wedding receptions. For example, when we see off our colleague who will be transferred to another place, we often do this, and that means he will be promoted. We all wish him or her happiness. 

A : Do you know why?

Well, it may have something to do with Shintoism. In a Shinto shrine, we clap hands before praying. And this is to attract the attention of God. We pray God to make our dream come true. So …….

(何か続けなければと思ったのですが、試験官に遮られてしまいました。)

A : OK. Next question. Recently, walking is more and more popular among Japanese people, especially middle aged women. Why do you think it is so popular?

I think that’s because walking is not such a hard exercise even for middle-aged people. In my case, I used to swim a lot. But recently I feel so tired after swimming. So I also started walking. And it is also enjoyable to walk with someone who you can talk to while walking. Also you don’t have to join any sports club, so there’s no fee involved.

A : That’s true. Where do you usually walk?

There’s a river near my house, and there’s a cycling road along the river. I usually walk there.

(実はウォーキングはしません。)

A : Last question. What is "kaiten-zushi"?

Well, "kaiten" literally means circulating. Sushi on the plates are placed on a conveyer belt, and the conveyer belt circulates in front of you. You can pick up whatever you like, and the prices are indicated by the color of the plates. Usually sushi on gold or silver plates are rather expensive, and sushi on red or black plates do not cost much. "Kaiten-zushi" is not expensive compared with some sushi restaurants in the Ginza area.

(300選を思い浮かべながら答えたのですが、つい値段のことばかりを長々と説明してしまいました。)

A : What about the quality?

They are much better than they used to be. "Kaiten-zushi" restaurants are so competitive these days, so they are doing their best, I think.

(本当は値段の割には質が良いと言いたかったのですが・・・。)

A : So would you recommend it to foreigners?

Yes, I would strongly recommend it.

A : All right. I think time is up now. Thank you for coming.

Thank you.

(どのドアが出口かとまごまごしていたら、試験官の1人がドアを開けてくれました。出るときに振り向いてもう一度挨拶をしようとしたのですが、他の二人の試験官は下を向いて書類らしい物に書き込んでいる最中でした。

試験官の真後ろに時計があり、5分が経過するのはよく見えていたのですが、それでもアッという間でした。試験官は概ねフレンドリーな口調でしたが、時間内に質問をこなそうとしてか、割と事務的な印象も受けました。今思うと、答えがつまらなかったからかもしれません。質問に対して即座に自分の答えを組み立て、それをスムーズに口に出すのはやはり難しかったです。)

 

 
 
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