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(部屋に入りながら)

Hello.

A: Good morning.

Good morning.

(もう14:30だったのでびっくりしたが、言い直した)

A: Please sit down.

Thank you.

B: May I have your name?

My name is …..

B: And where are you from?

I’m from …, Saitama.

A: OK. Thank you for coming today. Now we’ll start asking you some questions.

OK.

A: What is "takoage"?

Oh, "takoage" literally means “kite-flying” and it is a popular children’s

(遊び、と言おうとしたが単語が出てこない)

… play or amusement

(entertainmentと言うべきだった)

especially during New Year’s holidays.

A: I heard in Japan, it is very popular among children to collect things related to cartoons such as trading cards and character goods. Why is that?

I think it is because kids like to feel they are part of the cartoon by collecting those items.

(なんだかジェネラルすぎる答えに...もっと日本に結び付けるべきだった)

A: Why do people keep their thumbs folded in their palms when they see a funeral car? I mean, I heard whenever people see a funeral or the car, people hide their thumbs. Can you think of any reason?

That is because there is a belief that if people do not hide their thumbs when they see a funeral, they will be also taken away, or bad luck will come to them.

A: What do you think about the idea of Japan taking in foreigners for taking care of elderly people?

I think that is a very good idea because now we are facing an aging society, and the birthrate is decreasing. So allowing more foreigners to take care of elderly people is a good idea because it can increase our workforce.

A: In Japan, which do you think will be the dominant population in the future; smokers or non-smokers?

I think non-smokers will be the dominant population.

A: Why?

Because smoking is bad for our health.

(日本の最近の禁煙キャンペーンや健康志向に触れるべきだった)

A: What is "hachimaki"?

"Hachimaki" is a belt which people tie to their head …

(ちょっと詰まりつつ、鉢巻を結ぶジェスチャー)

when they want to concentrate on something or when they are challenging something.

A: ….

(よく聞き取れなかったので聞き返す)

Excuse me, could you repeat that again?

A: Why is it that in the Japanese family, wives give only a small amount of money to their husbands for their pocket- money?

(咄嗟に)

Oh, I think that is because wives feel suspicious about their husbands.

(試験官3人とも爆笑。しまった〜!)

A: Why do you think so?

Because the time the husbands spend outside their home is very long, so wives are concerned that their husbands might be using too much money on something they don’t need.

A: I see.

(他に質問は?というふうに試験官Cに振る。Cは時計を見つつ、質問をあと一個か二個どうぞ、と言った風にAを促す)

A: OK, then, what is “…”?

(全くなんと言ったのかわからず焦る)

A: (もう一度同じことを繰り返す)

B,C: He means『夫婦茶碗』.

(慌てて助け舟)

Oh, I see. “Meoto-jawan” are a pair of cups, one of which is for the husband and the other for the wife. It is believed that it will bring the husband and wife a happy life forever.

(試験官3人、にっこりしてくれる)

A: Why do Japanese people go out to have a relaxing time with their friends instead of inviting friends to their home?

That is because there is a strong sense of privacy concerning their home among Japanese people.

A: Any other reasons?

(少し考えて)

I think that is the main reason.

A: That was the end of the questions. Thank you very much.

Thank you.

答えが短かったせいもあるのか、すごい質問数でびっくりした。反省点は日本との結びつきが弱かったこと!(致命的)またがんばります!!!


 
 
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