受験者( 95 ):女性
 
A:Please tell me your name and where you live?
My name is ..... I live in .... ward.
A:I will ask you several questions. How different are the climates in Hokkaido and in Okinawa in winter?
The Japanese archipelago stretches from northeast to southwest, so climates are quite different in regions. Hokkaido is located in northern part of Japan, so it is very cold. On the other hand, Okinawa is in southernmost area, so it is quite warm even in winter.
A:I want to travel with my mother in Okinawa. Where would you recommend me to go?
You mean you travel there in winter?
A:Yes.
Well, as I said earlier, it is very warm in winter, so it is nice to walk around in Okinawa. First, I recommend you to visit a castle, Shuri Castle, which is one of important historical sites there. You can also enjoy its traditional music and food. Their culture is quite different from the rest of Japan. So you can enjoy different culture there.( 海の美しさや琉球王朝の話も入れたほうがよかったと思うが緊張していて余裕がなかった。)
A:I heard average life expectancy in Okinawa is high. Why is it so?
It is because of their diet. They eat a lot of vegetables and pork as meat. Pork is nutritious because it contains a lot of vitamins.
A:Oh really? I didn’t know that.
(終始疲れた顔で笑顔がなかったが、ここで初めて意外なほど興味を示したのが印象的だった)
Yes. Of course, warm weather throughout a year helps high average expectancy.
A:I heard you have three different characters in Japanese. What are they?
Yes, we use three characters. The first one is Chinese characters which were imported from China. They look similar to Chinese. The second one is called Hiragana, which is a simplified Chinese character to represent sounds of Japanese words. The last one is Katakana, which is used to represent borrowed words from other countries. These days Japan has been so globalized that we have many English words in our daily life. We often use Katakana to describe those words.
A:OK. When was the last summer Olympic Games hosted by Japan?
You mean winter Olympics? (突然話題が変わり聞き逃したので確認した)
A:No, summer Olympics.
It was held in 1962 in Tokyo. (即答したが、後ですぐ1964年だったことに気付いた)
A:OK. Thank you very much. Have a good afternoon.
<感想: 笑顔は絶やさず身振り手振りで話したが全体に表現力不足だった。3人グループの最後で前の二人がとても長く(10分位), 私は事務的にあっさりと終った(6分位)という印象だった。>
 

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