Good morning. Please give me your name and where you live.
My name is …. I live in … ward, Tokyo.
Q.1 Please tell me why Japanese are so much interested in learning English.
English is an international language, and so it is essential to learn it in this world of internationalization.
As the Japanese Ministry of Education has long placed too much emphasis on writing and reading skills of English,
many Japanese have had much difficulty in expressing themselves in spoken English. So, many are eager to learn the speaking skills, I mean the conversational skills.
Q.2 How have you studied English? Please tell me about yourself.
I was in public junior high school when I started to study English. We did not have any classes for English conversation skills. So I had to go to English schools to learn the conversational skills. I’ve been studying English for more than 20, well, 30 years.
Q.3 Nowadays, there are many young people who use the Internet. What do you think about this?
It’s true that the Internet is so prevalent today, and many people use it. The Internet has both good and bad sides to it. Since the Internet offers websites that involve violence and crime, they may have a bad influence on young children. Therefore, parents should monitor them so that they will avoid them. But, on the other hand, of course, the Internet can be very educational.
Q. 4 How do you describe “futon”?
(Because I couldn’t hear “futon” clearly, I said “Excuse me?”)
Futon is a Japanese style bedding. It is a heavy quilt. We take futon out from the closet when we use it, and put it back there on the following morning. Because in Japan we live in a relatively small house, we want to use the small space as effectively as possible.
Q.5 How do you clean “futon”?
Well, in a beautiful, sunny day like this, (while pointing out the window) we hang them out to get the moisture out from futon and we dust them off.
OK. Thank you. That’s it.
Thank you very much. (After picking up my bag and coat, I said,) Have a nice afternoon. Good bye.