受験者(90):女性

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B : It’s a great day, isn’t it?

Yes, it is. Can I have a seat?

B : Yes, please. May I have your name please, and where do you live?

My name is …. I live in Shinagawa, Tokyo, but my hometown is in
Kumamoto Prefecture.

(出身地は言わない方がよかったか。)

B : Thank you.

A, C : (その間はニコニコ笑っている)

A : Well, I’d like to ask you a few questions. But I always ask
awkward questions. Well …(手元の紙を見ながら迷っている感じ)

A : NO, no … well, so what do you think about Japanese uniqueness?

(日本人の独自性?全く予期していない質問なので、もうだめだと思った。でも何か言わなくてはいけないので。。。)
Well, I think Japanese uniqueness lies in its history. From ancient times, Japanese people had various things introduced from China and Korea, such as culture and social systems. After accepting them,
Japanese people made them suitable for Japan. I think Japanese people are good at doing that.

(私が話している内容があまりに変なので、少し困っているようだった。)

A :  Yes, I think your point is interesting. I’m American, so I’m proud of America. How about you? Are you proud of Japan?

(エッ、これも考えたこともないことだし、誇りなど感じたこともないし、コンプレックスはあるけれど、と思ったが。思わず試験官BとCの顔を見てしまっ
た。)

Of course I’m very proud of Japan because I’m Japanese. I think Japanese people are very diligent. Japanese work hard, but we have fun on our days off.

(試験官BとCは私の話に呆れぎみ。)

A : Well, Japanese people often talk about culture. Do you have any hobby relating to culture?

(これも困った質問。お琴、お花、俳句。今までいろいろやったけど、どれも今はやっていないし、困った。でも今やっていることにしよう。。。?!)

I have learned ikebana for five years. However, it is difficult for me to arrange flowers in a way any teacher tells me.

A : I think it is difficult to explain, but could you tell me what ikebana is?

Well, unlike Western flower arrangement, ikebana has three important structures, which are ten, which means heaven, chi, which means earth,
and jin, which means humans. We have to arrange flowers according to this structure.

(全然説明になっていない。試験官3人の顔に?マークが浮かんでいる。)

A : Thank you. Well, …(手元の紙を見ながら質問を選んでいる様子。)
A : What do you think about the aging society?

I think it is a big problem for Japanese society. Nowadays, the birth rate has declined while people live longer. We won’t be able to sustain senior citizens in the future. Because Japan has little natural resources, the only asset we have are human beings.

A : Thank you.

B : Why do you want to be a tour guide?

(これだけはハローの模擬テストで聞かれたので、準備しているぞ。)

I used to work for an affiliate of JTB, or Japan Travel Bureau. At that time, I had some chances to work with English speaking tour guides. I think tour guides can contribute to mutual understanding between Japan and other countries at the grass roots level.

B : (ガイドにはどんな知識が必要だと思うか、というような質問。)

I really want to be a tour guide. So I think I have to learn more about Japanese history and culture.

B : (まだ勉強が必要なのか、というような質問。)

Yes, if I had more knowledge on Japanese culture, I could let foreign visitors enjoy Japan more and more.

(試験官Cはウンウンとうなづいてくれた。)

(試験官Bはまた英語でいろいろ言っていたが、よく分からなかったので、「うんうん」と頷いておいた。もうこれ以上しゃべらないで、早く終わらないかなぁ、と心から願った。)

A : Thank you very much.

B, C : ありがとうございました。お疲れ様でした。(日本語で。)

Thank you very much.

(後から考えれば、「ああ言えばよかった」「もっと適切な答え方があったな」と後悔ばかりしてしまった。)



 
 
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