受験者( 46 ):女性
 

A: Please have a seat.
OK
A: What's your name?
My name is XXX.
A: Where do you live?
I live in ... City in ... Prefecture.
B: I'll ask you some questions. Please tell me about the climate in winter in Hokkaido and Okinawa.
Both areas become very cold in winter. But especially in Hokkaido, it's so cold in winter because it's located in the northern part of Japan. On the other hand, winter in Okinawa is relatively warm, so you don't have to wear coat, while in winter in Hokkaido, you have to wear a thick down jacket.
B: I understood the difference in the climate. Also, are there many hot springs in Hokkaido, right?
(北海道のことはあんまり調べてない・・・と思いながら)Yes, there are many hot springs at the center of Hokkaido.
B: Are there anything I should know when I go to hot springs?
You mean hot springs in Hokkaido?
B: No, generally.
Yes, at first, you have to take off all the clothes, and (ここからは日本的事象にあった「日本の家でお風呂を使う時の説明」を一気に喋ろう!と思った) you have to wash your body outside the bath tub and the tub should be used only for soaking. Also, unless you are the last person to use the bath (ここで「あ!家じゃなくて温泉のことを聞かれてるんだった・・・」と気づく」)...oh, you're now in a hot spring, so you will be not the last person to use the tub... but you don't have to drain the water, because other one will use the same water.
B: OK, I understood. Also, there are many ski resorts in Hokkaido and there were the Olympic Games in Sapporo, right?
(「まだ北海道の話?」と思うと正直困った)Yes, there were the Olympics in Hokkaido and it provided a host for downhill events.
B: How about the summer Olympics?
The Tokyo Olympics was held in 1964 in ... Tokyo (あれ、同じこと言ってる・・・しかもこと後何を喋ったらいいの?)and I believe the Olympics will be held in Tokyo in 2016.
B: What does Japan want to show?
I think Japan want to show... modern Japan...(試験官は黙っているので「まだ何か言わなきゃ!と思ったが思いつかなかった)and...at the same time, we want to show traditional Japan (「は?何それ?」と思ったが言ってしまったので続けるしかなかった)Because there are many cultures unique to Japan...
B: OK. So, what Japanese thing do you want to introduce?
I want to introduce Japanese calligraphy (試験官大きくうなづく)because I have practiced Japanese calligraphy more than 12 years. Generally, much emphasis is place on the movement of writing brush and the combination of the stroke, so foreigners may feel it difficult to use writing brush at first. But we practice calligraphy to cultivate elegant manners and one's inner self, so you don't have to worry about it.
B: There are many types of characters, right? (最初は「書道の字体について説明するの?」と思ったけど、よく聞くと日本で使われている文字についての一般的な説明を求めているようだった)
Yes, there are three types of Japanese characters, Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. Kanji are Chinese ideographs or characters on which the Japanese writing system is based. Katakana and Hiragana are phonetics simplified from kanji. Kanji are used in combination with Hiragana, and Katakana are used to write foreign words.
(ネイティブの試験官が日本人の試験官の方を向いた)
A: That's all. You may go.
(最後に何かAの試験官から質問があると思っていたのでちょっとビックリしてしまった)Is that all?
A, B: Yes.
Thank you, nice talking to you.

(全体的に質問の内容が偏っているように感じた。頑張って調べていた京都の話題や、寺・神社の質問がなく、北海道の話題が多かったので戸惑った。でも、実際のガイドはそんな時も臨機応変に答えないといけないんだものなぁ・・・と少し反省。とにかく終始笑顔で、2人の試験官の方を交互に見ながら大きな声で話すことを心がけた。)

 

 

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