受験者( 91 ):女性
 
Good afternoon.
A:Hello.
(何も指示されないので、荷物を持ったまま近づいていき、受験者用の椅子の後ろの机の上に荷物を置こうとして、)
Should I put my luggage here?
(と断ってから置き椅子の横へ移動)
A:Please be seated.
Thank you.
B:Please tell me your name and where you live.
My name is .... and I live in .... City in .... Prefecture.
(いきなり質問に入る)
A:What's the difference between Shinto shrine and Temple?
(予想問題ズバリ的中!と思いながらも緊張していたのか言うことが何も出てこず・・・。)
Shinto shrine is a place where Shinto deities (A:頷く)are enshrined. Temple is ---. related to Buddhism.
(というのが精一杯。練習してきたのにこれはダメだ、と内心自分自身にがっかり。Aも「終わり?」というような顔。さらに何か言おうとしたが何も出てこず。同情してくれたようで、さらに追及されることはなく次の質問へ。)
A:Which shrine in Japan do you think is best?
Because I am from Aichi Prefecture, I would say Atsuta-Jingu shrine is best.(Aは予想外の答えだったようで少し神妙が表情)Atsuta-Jingu shrine is famous because one of the three most important Japanese treasures is preserved. (三種の神器のことを言おうとするも、時折どもりながらこれが精一杯。)
A:I see. Then, How about temple? Which temple do you recommend as best temple in Japan?
Temple...(少し考えて)It is a tough question. (A:微笑む)It is difficult to pick just one, (A: だろうねぇという感じで笑顔で頷く)but I would choose Todaiji temple (A:大きく頷く)in Nara city. In Todaiji temple, the famous biggest statue of Buddha is enshrined.
A:After the Meiji Restoration, how did Japan change?
Meiji Restoration brought many changes in terms of military power and everyday life of commoners. As for military power, after the Meiji Restoration, the Meiji new government tried to promote rapid Westernization and modernization and introduced many different types of Westernized weapons. And in everyday life, Japanese people, especially who were samurai warriors (A:頷く)were forced to change their hairstyle and stopped to wear swords. Also, until the Meiji period began, people wore Kimono (A:頷く) as their everyday clothing but after the Restoration, people started to wear Western style clothing.
A:OK. How different is the weather in winter in Hokkaido and Okinawa?
(このあたりから調子が出てきて、ようやく滑らかに話せるように)The weather in Hokkaido and Okinawa is very different.
The winter in Hokkaido is more like winter in Russia because it is close to Russia. On the other hand, Okinawa is more like a tropical island, so it is very warm.
(まだ説明不足と思ったのでさらに続けて)
Japan is not a large country, but the northernmost and southernmost points of Japan, in terms of latitude, are almost the same of those in the United States. (A:へぇ、そうなんだ〜という感じで頷く)So the weather in Hokkaido and Okinawa are really different.
A:Thank you. Suppose I will travel in Hokkaido this weekend. Where in Hokkaido do you recommend to visit?
It depends what you are interested in. (A: 頷く)If you are into skiing, I would recommend mountainous area, (A: また頷く)but if you would like to stay in a city, I would say Sapporo (A: 頷く)would be good to visit. It is the biggest city in Hokkaido.
A:(だいぶにこやかな表情になってきて)Is it OK if foreign tourists wear swimsuit in hot spring?
No, it is not considered to be good to wear swimsuit in hot spring bath tub. It is a place where you clean your body and bathe. It is not a swimming pool, so it is not allowed to wear bathing suit.
A:(笑いながら)OK. But how about some foreigners who are too shy?
In that case, (少し考えて)I hope the foreign travellers will get used to being naked in public when they visit hot spring resorts.(A: OKという感じで微笑む)
A:I've heard, in Japan, there are different characters. What are they?
(前の受験者の試験中に問題がバッチリ聞こえていて、待機中に答えを用意できたので、落ち着いて)Yes, there are main three characters in Japan. First one is Kanji, the Chinese characters, which were introduced from China and was mainly used by men, especially until the Heian period which was around 8th century. The second is Hiragana. We Japanese use Hiragana very often in every day life. It developed as character used by women who were serving in the imperial court. The last one is Katakana which is mainly used to write foreign names (A:大きく頷く)and words which have origins in foreign words.
A:Which character would you say is the most difficult for foreigners to learn?
I would say definitely Chinese character (A:大きく頷く) is the most difficult to learn for foreigners. Some of my foreign friends had difficulty in learning Kanji, and even for Japanese people, Kanji is very difficult. I do not know all Kanji. I still have to learn Kanji. (A:笑う)
A:Alright. Well, this is the end of the test. Thank you very much.
Alright. Thank you. (この後、日本人面接官から日本語の質問がくると思い待っていたが、2人とも書類に何か書き出したので、あれ?と思い)Is is all finished?(ときいてしまった)
A:Yes. It's finished. Thank you.
Thank you very much. Have a good day.
前の受験者が一番目の質問に文字のことを聞かれていたのが聞こえたので、待っている間答えを用意できたことが大きかった。ただし私の時は最後に聞かれたので、受験者ごとに質問の順番を入れ替えている様子。ネイティブ試験官は、非常に良心的な感じで、前半は緊張してかなりぎこちない不十分な回答になってしまったが、途中からはお互いリラックスして、談笑のような感じで終わってしまった。雰囲気は悪くなかったと思うが、ガイドとしては充分な答えができたとはとても思えないので、その辺りがどう判断されるのか、という感じです。
 

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