A,B： Good afternoon.
B： Please tell us your name.
My name is ….
Where did you come from?
I came from A in B city.
B： Where is it?
It’s west of Tokyo.
B： Were you born there?
No. I was born and grew up in Saitama prefecture.
A： Is that different place from Tokyo?
A： How long did it take to get here?
It took me an hour and half.
A： Oh, quite long. It must’ve been hard to get here.
No, not that long. Just one train ride.
A： Yeah. Japanese trains are so punctual. Why are Japanese trains so punctual?
Well, Japanese are very busy people. They work under fixed schedule.
A： Are you punctual?
Yes, I’m punctual. I got here three hours ago.
A： Have you ever visited foreign country?
Yes, I’ve been to Australia for one year.
A： Australian have accent, don’t they? How was it?
Yeah. For the first couple of months, I didn’t like Australian accent, but as I stayed longer I started to like it.
At the time I left Australia, I really liked it.
A： How about Japan? Are there any accents in Japan?
Yes. There are many accents.
A： Why are there so many accents in Japan?
Well, Japan is a mountainous country, so mountains separate the area.
A： Are there strong accents?
Yes. People in Aomori prefecture have strong accents. They have snow in that area, so their faces are often covered with their clothes. So you can’t hear what they are saying clearly.
A： Do you know any words?
Well….I don’t know. They are so different.
A： OK. Let me ask a question. What is the tax system like in Japan?
Well, the consumption tax is now five percent, but the Japanese government has a plan to raise the tax rate to twelve percent … to support the pension system.
A： All right. Japanese drums are very popular, aren’t they? Do you know any famous group?
Yes, I think “Kodo” is one the most famous groups.
Oh, it’s made of wood and is covered with skin. There are three kinds. The small size like this, and the middle size like this and it’s this tall. The big one is about two meters high.
Two people play it. It’s the masterpiece drum.
A： What are these called?
Oh, it’s taiko.
When I went to international school, there was a taiko club at school. I had the chance to play the taiko.
A： It’s hard to play it, isn’t it? You need strength.
Yes, it was hard. It’s hard to make a rhythm.
A： OK, that’s all. Thank you.
Thank you. I appreciate to be here.
（上の最後の文は文法的に誤り。最後にインタビューの締めを良くしようと思って緊張したため、”I’m glad to be here”と”I appreciate your interview”が混同してこの二つが一緒になって変は文になってしまった。最初の試験官Bからの質問以外は全て試験官Aからなされたものだったので、試験官Bに対するアイコンタクトは途中しなかった。）
I was glad to be here.
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