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B: What’s your name and where did you come from?

My name is … and I came from Nagoya where the 2005 World Exposition was held.

A: I must say “good afternoon.” Just relax. Please answer my following questions.

OK.

A: Why do only women clean the toilets in public places?

(最初、なぜ女性が公衆トイレ掃除などしなければならないのかという質問だと思い、)

Because many male workers are fired by the companies due to the sluggish economy, and their wives must work instead of them.

(などと的外れな答えをしてしまった。すると、なぜ女性だけがトイレ掃除をするのか、男性が掃除しているのを見たことがあるかという問いかけだったので)

Usually women have a tendency to keep things clean compared to men.

A: Oh, what a unique idea!

(と、試験官3人とも笑っていた。気持ちを取り直して)

A: OK. What do you think about the subscribers’ boycott of viewer fee payments to NHK?

Not everyone watches NHK programs any more, so some people don’t want to pay viewer fees to NHK. There are many programs on other TV channels and we have many choices. And we don’t like NHK’s way of collecting viewer fees.

A: Why do people dislike the way NHK collects viewer fees?

One reporter of NHK made a big mistake when he interviewed the governor of Nagano Prefecture. This caused a bad feeling among us. We don’t think NHK uses our viewer fees properly.

(わけのわからないことを言っていると自分でも思いながら答えた。試験官たちもウーンというような表情)

A: Do you think NHK uses their money inappropriately?

Yes, I sometimes think so when I hear bad news about NHK.

A: OK. What is obi?

(“オウビィ”という発音に)

I beg your pardon?

A: What is obi?

Do you mean a broad sash belt?

A: Yes, that’s right.

It is used when people wear kimono. It is usually made of silk.

A: Do men and women use the same kind of obi?

No, women’s obi is wider than the one for men.

A: How much does it cost usually?

I don’t wear kimono so often, so I don’t have many obi. I think it is about \300,000 if it is made of silk.

A: Wow, so expensive. Well, Thank you for coming.

Is that all?

(と、思わず聞いてしまった。準備したことがちっとも発揮できずに終わった。300選に出ていた帯についてもきちんとした答えが出てこなかった。あとは予想外の質問ばかりで、とにかく自分が言えることを言ったが、限られた時間で準備のないことを言うのは難しかった。これが今の自分の力だと思うしかない。試験官Aの声がやや小さく、二度ほど聞き返したのが悔やまれる。)

 


 
 
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