受験者( 57 ):女性
 

(教室の後ろのドアから入ると、試験官2人が教室の前の方に座っていた。)
A: Thank you for waiting.
Good afternoon.(落ち着け!と自分に言いながら、距離もあるので大きな声で)
A: Please have a seat.
Thank you.
A: May I ask your name?
My name is XXX.
A: Where do you live?
I live in ... ward in ....
A: He will ask you several questions. Could you answer each question? Is it OK?
OK.(OKとおうむ返しに言ってしまった。)
B: I will ask you questions. OK?
It's OK.(OKはまずいと思いながら、また言ってしまった。)
B: When is the typhoon season in Japan?
Typically, typhoon season is from the end of August to the beginning of October. South-western part of Japan is often hit by typhoon.(南西日本を地図上の位置で示したつもりが、この後ずっと試験官の左側に視線があることに気付いて、あわてて視線を戻した。)
B: Does typhoon hit Tokyo?
It's rare, but if typhoon hits Tokyo, it damages a lot.
B: Is it dangerous?
Yes, if you are in Tokyo when a big typhoon comes, I recommend staying at a hotel.
B: Hotel?
Yes, at a hotel or a house.(この人は旅行者では? とりあえずhouseと言ってしまったが、旅行者が一日中ホテルにいるはずはないので、ここは建物の中と言うべきでした。)
B: If an earthquake occurs, what should I do?
First of all, don't be panic. If you immediately go out, it's very dangerous. Please wait until a tremor is stopped. Then, turn on a radio or a television. I'm sure that a radio or a TV announces the damage and the scale of the earthquake. If a big earthquake occurs, local governments announce the people to evacuate. If you don't understand the instruction, please ask people around you. It's important.
B: In winter, why is Tokyo or other nearby cities dry?
It's due to a winter monsoon. Japan is a mountainous country. In winter, monsoon wind comes from north to south. The wind hits the mountains, then only dry wind down to..... spread to Tokyo or other cities along the Pacific ocean.(全く予想外の質問で戸惑ったが、山に風がぶつかる様子をジェスチャーを交え必死に説明しました。)
B: So, we are lucky.
Yes.
B: Tell me about the Buddhism statures.
There are several types of Buddhism statues. The most well-known one is Kannon, a special Bodhisattva. Each temple has its own Buddhism statues. Another one is a big Buddha stature. Probably you have heard or seen the picture of it. In Nara, there is a big Buddha stature. Also in Kamakura, Kamakura is relatively close to Tokyo, another big Buddha stature is there.
B: What is ...ka?
Pardon?
B: What is Enka?
Enka is a Japanese version of country music. It describes an emotion. Enka is popular especially in elderly people.
B: Is it a traditional song?
It’s not a traditional song, but it's common and popular.
B: Is there no female ruler in Japan?
Female ruler?
B: (うなずく)
No, we have no female ruler.
(とっさにnoと答えてしまったが、rulerは首相のことか確認すべきかと思っているうちに次の質問が始まっていた。)
B: Tell me about a good electronic shop in Akihabara.
Akihabara..., I'm not familiar with the area of Akihabara, but nowadays there are many big good discount electronic shops in big cities. Not in Akihabara, but in Shinjuku, if you would like to buy some electronic apparatus, I recommend going to a big store such as big Camera or Yodobashi Camera. The shopkeepers are well trained. If you have a question, I'm quite sure that they can respond to you appropriately.(秋葉原と言われ、最近全く行ったことがなく困ったと思ったが、気を取り直し、新宿の話をしました。)
B: What is the difference between Geisha and Maiko?
Both are traditional Japanese professional entertainers, but Maiko is a trainee of Geisha. When Maiko reaches 20 years old, Maiko becomes Geisha.(着物を着た女性ということは言うべきだったと後悔)
B: Do they take an examination?
I don't think so, but I've heard that the training of Maiko is very tough. That's why very few Maiko... there are in Kyoto.
B: Excellent! (大きな声で力強く!)
…..(舞妓とexcellentの関係がわからず、戸惑っていると)
B: It's finished.
Finished..., thank you very much.
A: Thank you.
Thank you very much.(唐突な終わり方で、最後の挨拶もThank youしか言えなかったことが残念です。力強くexcellent!と言っていただけことが嬉しかったのですが、あらためて思い返すと、単数複数がごちゃごちゃになっていたことが気になっています。)

 

 

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