受験者(64):男性

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Good morning.
(大きな声で、最大限の笑顔で)

A・B : Good morning.
(試験官3人とも笑顔、良い雰囲気)

B : Please take a seat.

Thank you.
(荷物を横に置き、着席。)

B : Thank you for coming today.

You're welcome.

B : May I have your name please?

My name is ...

B : Where do you live?

I live in Nerima-ku, Tokyo.

A : How are you?

I'm fine, but I'm really nervous.

A : Oh, please relax. Now I'll give you some questions about Japan.
After hearing my question, imagine the situation, and give me
your answer. I'm a tourist, and you are the tour guide. OK?

(リラックスさせようとする心遣いがひしひしと感じられて感激した)

Yes, OK.

A : When I was walking around the city the other day, I saw many
pachinko parlors. Pachinko seems to be very popular in Japan. Could
you tell me why pachinko is so popular?

Well, since I rarely go to a pachinko parlor, I'm not really sure why
pachinko is so popular.
But I think it is interesting for players to hit the small steel balls
into certain
holes so as to get more steel balls, which can later be exchanged for
prizes such
as cigarettes, candy, and so on. I think that's the biggest reason.
Also, it is an ideal
game for people to kill time. That's why pachinko is popular in Japan.

(とにかくパチンコはやらないので、答えようがなかった)

A : OK. Next question. Do you like sports?

(やった!と思い、準備万端のプロ野球「楽天」の話題を想定した)

Yes, I like sports very much.

A : Did you watch the Athens Olympics?

Yes, I watched it on TV everyday until late at night.

(楽天ではなかったので少々あせる)

A : What do you think about the performance of Japanese athletes at the
Athens Olympic Games?

It was really encouraging, and I was impressed by the outstanding
performance
of the Japanese athletes. One or two decades ago, Japanese athletes
could not win so many gold medals. I don't remember well, but this
time they took 16 or 17 gold medals. So I think
they proved that Japanese athletes who have a strong will to fight can
compete in international competitions. I also think it was the most
interesting Olympic games for us Japanese.

("win"と言おうとしたが"fight"と言ってしまい、照れ笑いを浮かべながら話す。試験官も笑み)

A : OK, Thank you very much. Now, the third question for you. What is
"butsudan?"

Well, it's a difficult question. "Butsudan" is a Buddhist family
altar. It is placed in the room of a house and people pray for the
spirits of the deceased in front of the altar. I think these days,
"butsudan" is not be seen in some houses including mine. Since
memorial services are held at Buddhist temples and people often go to
cemeteries to pray for the deceased, the number of houses with family
altars is decreasing.

(核家族の増加や家が小さいことが原因と言おうとしたが、もはや勝手に口が動く)

A : Ok, Thank you very much. That's all .

Is that all?

(時間がとても早く感じたので、思わず質問した)

A : Yes, that' all for the interview. Thank you very much for your time.

(試験官3人とも笑顔送り出してくれた)

とにかく試験官が3人とも笑顔で迎え、こちらの緊張をほぐそうとしてくれた心遣い
がうれしかったが、いずれも回答が的を得ている感じがせず、試験中に自分で自分に
プレッシャーをかけてしまった。文法的なミス、特に時制のミスはとても多かったと
思う。もっとゆっくり話すべきであったと反省。




 
 
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