A: Hello, may I ask your name, please?
My name's ....
A: Where do you live?
I live in Sapporo.
A: Oh, so did you come by airplane, all the way from Sapporo?
Yes. Actually I came on Friday. I wanted to buy a discount ticket but it was difficult to buy cheap tickets for weekend flights. So I came two days ago and now I'm staying at my son's apartment.
B: Oh, you are enjoying your stay.
Yes, though I have been very nervous because of the test.
B: Oh, yes, the first question. What do you think about the increase of young people who don't have a secure job?
C: Like "freeters" in Japanese.
Well, as a parent I am worried about the situation. It is getting more difficult to get a job, not only for young people but for everybody. But I think the increase in the number of freeters has a bright side, too. Young people now can try out their possibilities. They are looking for a job they enjoy, while working at many different places. So I think in the future, Japanese society needs to become more flexible and give people a chance to get a good job at any age, not only when they graduate.
B: Ok. The next question, what do you think about the cellphones with a camera function?
I think it is just wonderful! Last month, my husband showed me a beautiful picture of Sangoso he took using his cellphone. I was amazed. My husband went to Monbetsu city on business. He visited Notoriko. The lake is famous for its beautiful Sangoso. I'm sorry I don't know the English name of the plant. In September the flower was in full bloom and it looked red everywhere. My husband was so impressed and wanted to share the scenery with me. But as he was on a business trip he didn't have a camera. So, he used his cellphone for the first time. He just bought a new cellphone this summer. I was greatly moved when I saw the beautiful plants in the picture.
B: Would you like to buy one for yourself?
Well, I am not sure. I can't even use the simplest functions of my regular cellphone, so ...
C: But you do have a cellphone?
Yes, my husband forced me to get one. I am a very active person and I often go out. I don't stay at home all the time. So my husband thought I needed to have one so he could contact me anytime.
A: Oh, good idea.
B: Shall I ask the next question… Could you explain what "onigiri" is?
"Onigiri" is a rice ball you take with you when you go out. I put fish or pickled vegetable inside and make it into a shape of a ball or a hamburger. It is like a sandwich. It is very convenient and delicious.
A: Ok, do you think there are lots of opportunities to work as a guide in Sapporo?
Yes. In Sapporo, there are many international conventions, conferences, academic meetings and sports events. This year, we had an international conference of geoscientists and space-scientists for two weeks and more than one thousands people came from abroad. As you know, we had the World Cup Soccer games and two Winter Olympics. So I think there are many chances to work as a guide in Sapporo.
A: Do you know someone in Sapporo who works as a tour guide?
Yes, I know several people who have been working as guides. And one good friend of mine passed the guide exam last year. She got to work as a guide this year. She said she enjoys the job very much. That's one of the reasons I want to pass this test. I am looking forward to showing my guests many beautiful places in Sapporo. Sapporo is one of the most beautiful cities in Japan.
A: Ok, well, thank you.
B: Have a safe flight back.
C: Thank you.
Thank you very much.
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