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(昨年は緊張しすぎて最初の挨拶からして失敗したので今年は日本語も含め元気よく笑顔で)失礼します。こんにちは。よろしくお願いいたします。Hello. Nice to meet you. May I put my bag and coat here?
B:Sure. Hello. Nice to meet you.
A:Please take a seat. May I have your name and where you live?
My name is XX and I live in ..... , in .... prefecture.
B:If suddenly an earthquake happens, what should I do?
I think you should hide under the desk.
(次々と質問が続いたが、どれも長い説明を要求されている感じではなく、次々に答えていくといったかんじで、土壇場で用語を選んでいる余裕はなく、間違った使い方、時勢の間違い等文法上の間違いを思い出すとお恥ずかしい限りですが、なんとか沈黙せず話をつなぐことができました。)
B:When is the typhoon season?
Typhoon season is mostly during summer. Many typhoons hit Japan from July through September.
B:Why is Tokyo so dry?
Do you mean the weather in Tokyo?
B: Yes.
I think it is because Japan is a mountainous country. About two-thirds of Japan's land area is mountainous and the central Honshu of mainland is the most mountainous area. Influenced by ocean currents and monsoons, the wet air coming from northwest is blocked by the mountains, so only dry air came to Kanto area, centering around Tokyo Besides, there are many high-rises in Tokyo. That may be the one reason.
B:What's the difference between Geisha, Geiko, Maiko and Geigi?
I haven't heard the term "Geigi", it may be the same as Geisha. I'm not sure completely about Geisha or Maiko but I believe that the difference between Geisha and Maiko is that Maiko is an acolyte Geisha and very young. Even teenagers are included to apprentice Geisha.
B: Ah. You know difficult words! Have Japan had any female rulers?
(Bが早口でちょっとアクセントがあるのでききづらかった)Could you say that again?
B:(繰り返す )
Yes, we had. Japan had a few female rulers such as Emperor Suiko in ancient time.
B:Don't you have any recently?
No, we don't have any female emperor under the present Imperial Household Law.
B:Don't you think it unfair?
I don't think it fair, but the Imperial Family puts much importance on tradition. I think it's ok because it has nothing to do with commoners.
B:What's enka?
Enka is a distinctive melodic style or genre of Japanese songs. It mostly attracts(appeals to と言おうとしたがこうなってしまった)rather older age groups. The themes of enka are broken heart, sorrow and separation and so on. It is rather humid...
B:Humid...? What do you mean?
It's not an appropriate word.
B:But I understand what you mean.
I'm trying to say.....not pleasant. I'd rather sing more cheerful songs.
B:Oh, I see.
Where is the best store in Akihabara?

(予想外の問題にちょっとびっくり)I'm not completely sure about electronic shops but…Ishimaru Denki is famous…and Yodobashi camera, Sofmap is also famous…
B:I mean the BEST store.
I do not much about electronic shops but I think those stores are very large, so I would recommend you go there.
B:That's all. Thank you.
Thank you very much. I really enjoyed talking with you.
とこんな感じでした。何回深呼吸をして、「relax, deep breath」と心の中でつぶやいても緊張してやや早口になりました。私の答えは必ずしも適切ではなかったかもしれませんし、文法上の間違い(特に時勢) もありました。とりわけ最初の質問に対する答えは、論理的にうまく纏められなかったと思いますが、昨年の失敗を繰り返すまいと、とにかく沈黙を作らずなん とか会話を転がしていく事はできたと思います。緊張していたせいか時間はやや短く感じましたが6分前後でしょうか。終始笑顔で和やかな雰囲気だけは保てま したが、結果はどうでしょう。自分の印象では、試験官の表情と気持ちが一致しているならば、7割方あれでもよかったのかなと感じます。

 

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