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係の人に呼ばれて部屋に入る。
Good afternoon!

A,B: Good afternoon!

B: Please put your bag on that seat. Please take your seat.

B: I’d like to ask a few questions and after that my colleague will ask you more questions. May I have your name?

My name is ….

B: Where are you from?

I’m from Kunitachi City in Tokyo.

B: Did you take a train to get here?

Yes, I came here on the Chuo line.

(四谷で総武線に乗り換えたことも伝えた。)

B: How long did it take you?

It took about 45 minutes.

A: Have you ever lived abroad?

Yes, I lived in Singapore when I was in high school.

A: Singapore is a diverse country, isn’t it?

Yes, it has a lot of nationalities within the country.

A: So, how about Japan? What do you think about the homogeneity in Japan?

You mean Japan’s case?

A: Yes.

I think the homogeneity depends on the person. In my case, at my university I’m blessed with so many opportunities to communicate with people from foreign countries.

A: You mean it depends on the person.

Yes.


A: You may belong to the youngest generation among the examinees. May I ask how old you are?

I’m 21.

A: OK. In Japan, a lot of people will retire in some years’ time and the birth rate is declining. What do you think about this?

(英語で団塊の世代や年金についても言っていた。もっと長い質問だった。)

You mean Japan’s situation? Declining birth rate?

A: Yes.

I think it is a serious problem but I have some solutions for that. Japan should welcome immigrants from other countries. If we have many foreigners, we could solve the problem. The government should offer proper education to foreigners and give them “green cards.”

B: What do you think about the riots in France? Do you think the same thing will happen in Japan if we accept many foreigners from abroad?

Yes, I think it is a serious problem, so at the beginning we should set strict rules or laws regarding the entry of foreigners. If they commit crimes, we should get rid of them.

B: How about their children? In France’s case, the children of foreigners started the riots.

(移民の子供たちが起こす事件の場合はどうなんだ、というニュアンス。)

We must deal with that problem. But at least we can solve the population problem and many foreigners can contribute to Japan.

A: Let’s move on to a cultural question. Imagine I am a tourist staying in Japan for a week. What places would you suggest I visit, and what kind of souvenirs would you recommend I buy?

You mean in Tokyo?

(東京なら浅草を説明しようと思った。)

A: No. In Japan.

I recommend that you visit Okayama. Because there is Korakuen, a really beautiful Japanese landscape garden. You can enjoy the trees and ponds in the garden. As a souvenir, I would recommend the kibi-dango.

A: What is kibi-dango?

It’s a kind of Japanese dumpling.

A: Oh, I cannot take that food to my country.

In that case, I recommend that you buy Momotaro goods.

A: What is Momotaro?

Momotaro is a well-known character in a folk-tale. Momotaro, a bird, a dog, and a monkey go to the devil’s island to defeat the devil. It is a popular story in Japan.

(試験官Aは、Bに対し質問はないかと確かめる。Bは頷く。)

A: So, thank you for coming today.

Thank you for giving me this great opportunity. Bye.
A,B: Bye.
(最後に、この受験者はオーケーというような目配せを試験官AとBがしていたので、喜びながら試験場を出る。改めて書いてみると、移民の表現があいまいだったり,気になるところもある。ただ、一番恐れていた沈黙がほとんどなかったので、受かっていると思う。試験時間を試験官とともに楽しむことができた。設問も答えやすくて助かった。無理して長く答えなくても、ポイントをつけば、逆に会話は弾む気がする。)



 
 
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