受験者( 110 ):男性

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試験官

<試験官A>

アメリカ人女性。30代。分かりやすい英語。興味深そうに聞いてくれた。

<試験官B>

日本人男性。50〜60代。ジャパニーズ・イングリッシュ。にこやか。

質疑応答

May I come in? (と言って入室。荷物を置くように指示がある)

Please have a seat.

Thank you.

First, please tell us your name and where you live.

My name is ......... I live in .........

How did you come here today?

I came here by Shinkansen. It took me about 4 hours.

She (A) is a tourist from the United States. This is her first visit to Japan, but she studied a lot about Japan before she came. So she won't ask you easy questions. The questions will be difficult. Please answer them.

(と言われたので少し驚く)
All right. I will do my best.

I will ask you about Japanese food. What's the difference between udon and soba?

(ハローの予想問題と全く同じだったため、ヤッターと思いつつ) Udon is white noodles made from wheat flour, and is thicker than soba. Soba is long thin brownish noodles made from buckwheat flour. Both are eaten either in a hot broth or cold with a special soup.

Which do you like better?

I like soba better, because, when you eat soba, they serve sobayu. Do you know sobayu?

No, I don't.

Sobayu is the hot water in which soba is boiled. I like sobayu.

Next, I will ask you about Japanese religion. Why do you clap your hands at Shinto shrines?

(答えが分からなかったため、考えつつ) That's a difficult question. Well, probably because it shows our determination. I mean, it shows that our determination to pray for our wish is firm.

Do you clap your hands at Buddhist temples too?

No, we don't clap our hands at Buddhist temples. We just put our hands together and pray. (ジェスチャーを交えながら答える)

How often do you go to shrines or temples?

I'm not much of a religious person, so I visit shrines or temples only three or four times a year. But, since I am from Hiroshima, I often visit Itsukushima Shrine with my family on "Golden Week" holidays, maybe on May 3rd, 4th , or 5th. It's our family tradition.

Please describe Itsukushima Shrine.

Itsukushima Shrine is famous for its large red torii that seems to be floating on the sea. It is also famous for the cultural heritage coming down from the Taira clan of the 12th century. (ここでBが物足りなそうにしていたので、日本三景宮島のことなども言ったほうがよかったかも)

Summer is very hot and humid in Japan. Is there any special way you can keep yourself cool during summer?

We have uchiwa. Uchiwa is a round, flat fan. And we use it like this. (あおぐジェスチャー) Another thing is furin. Furin is a bell hung from the window. When it catches a summer breeze, it rings. It is a very comfortable sound.

What about food?

In summer, we often eat somen, another type of Japanese noodles. It is like udon, but it is very thin, much thinner than soba that I described before. Somen is eaten cold with a special sauce, and with cut cucumber and cut egg, I mean cooked and then cut. (slicedという単語が出てこなかった)

Oh, so we can stay as cool as a cucumber. (一同笑う)

Why are there many shrines and temples in Kyoto and Nara?

Kyoto and Nara were ancient capitals of Japan. Kyoto has a much longer history as a capital. It has about 1,100-year history. Nara was the capital before Kyoto and has a relatively short history. Do you want to hear more about it?

I understand that Kyoto and Nara were ancient capitals of Japan. But why are there so many shrines and temples?

Oh! Well,... when Kyoto and Nara were capitals, in the Nara period and Heian period and so on, the government protected temples. And Shinto was connected to the government. So, at that time, people, I mean upper class people, were much religious than we are today.

OK. That's all for today.

Thank you very much. I really enjoyed talking with you.

受験の感想

内容的に不十分なところもあったが、終始笑顔で答えた。語彙や文法の面でも幼稚な表現が目立つ。試験の待機室で、受験者どうしの私語が禁止されているのには驚いた。

ハローの講師、授業内容、教材、その他(メルマガ、ホームページ)についての感想

<英語第2次試験直前対策セミナー>に参加したことは本当に良かった。しゃべる練習ができたから。植山学院長の予想問題が的中した。結局、ハローの教材の内容をやるのが近道だと思った。

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