A： Good morning.
A： Take a seat, please.
Yes, thank you.
A： Why do Japanese people work till late at night?
I think it’s because there is severe competition among workers. The prices
of goods have been decreasing, so we have to make great efforts to cut
costs as much as possible. I think that’s why we work harder than people
in other countries.
(cellphone が聞き取れなかったのでI beg your pardon?と言って聞き返したところ、ゆっくり発音してくれたので、理解でき、oh, mobile phone.と言ったところ、Yesと頷いたので以下のように続けた)
I think it’s good. Because it’s very convenient for children to have a mobile phone. They can get in touch with their parents wherever they go. It’s helpful for their safety, too. If someone tries to do something bad to them, they can instantly call their parents.
A： What do you think about the use of cellphones on the train?
I think it’s OK. Japanese people don’t speak much in trains. When I went
to foreign countries, I felt foreign people speak louder in trains. So
compared to that, I do not think it is a serious problem in Japan.
A： Can you tell me about “geta”? What’s “geta”?
“Geta” is a traditional Japanese-style clog.
They are Japanese-style shoes.
Yes, they are Japanese-style shoes made of flat soles with V-shaped thongs.
A： What’s “seijin-no-hi”?
It was nice talking to you, thank you.
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