受験者(44):女性

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Good morning.

A,B: Good morning.

May I put my bag and coat on this chair?

A,B: Please put them there.

A: Please sit down.

Thank you.

B: Would you tell me your name?

My name is XXXXX.

B: Where do you live?

I live in Minami Aoyama, Minatoku-ward.

A: Thank you for coming here today.

I’m very happy to be here.

A: Well, I want to ask you some questions. What do you think about the
aging generations?

Yes, I’m very worried about the declining of the birth rate and also
the increase of aging generations in Japan. Young people should
shoulder a heavier burden for raising and helping older people. I
think it’s a very serious problem in Japan.

A: Do you like the idea of raising taxes to tackle the problem?

I don’t like it, but in the present situation in Japan it’s unavoidable.

A: Another question. How would you describe the “tea ceremony”?

Yes, the tea ceremony is called “chano-yu”. It is the Japanese art and
ritual of serving special powdered tea. It is usually conducted in
small traditional Japanese tea rooms. It originated in Buddhist
monasteries. But today it is practiced mainly to cultivate composure
and elegant manners.

A: Where would you take foreign tourists to enjoy the tea ceremony?

In Tokyo?

A: Yes.

I would take them to “Hamarikyu” near Shimbashi station.

(場所は不確かだったが、とりあえずこう答えた)

A: Have you ever experienced the tea ceremony?

Yes. I have practiced it once in Kyoto. I enjoyed it very much.

A: Can you explain the manners required in the tea ceremony?

In English? Yes. 

(その後に、この場で英語で説明しなければいけないかと思い、話そうとしたところ)

B: Thank you very much.

A: Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.

コメント
時間はあっという間に経過し、結局主な質問は2問だけだった。1問目などはもっと内容に踏み込んで話すべきだと後悔した。始まる前は心臓が飛び出すので
はないかと思うくらいドキドキしたが、最初に大きな声で挨拶したせいか、思ったよりも落ち着けた。




 
 
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