受験者( 17 ):男性

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試験官

<試験官A>

ベテランツアーガイドと思しき温厚そうな日本人女性。

<試験官B>

50代くらいのメガネの柔和な男性。アメリカ人のように思えた。

質疑応答

(ノックして部屋へ→会釈)

(入り口脇のテーブルを指して)

Can I put my baggage here?

Sure, please.

(A, Bの前に1つずつ椅子があったが)[Aの前の席に座るように指示]

(挨拶(Nice to meet you.等))

OK. We'd like to start the interview. Are you ready?

Yes.

Tell me your name and where you are from.

I'm ........ I'm from ........ ward, ........ City.(二人ともあまりピンとこない様子だったので)Exclamation area on Tokyo Bay.(と補足)

(????という表情で首をかしげる)(数秒後)

Oh, it's reclamation.

I'm sorry. Reclamation.

(昨年の自己紹介ではすらっと言えたはずのreclamation「埋立て」という単語を思い切り言い間違える。余計なところで痛恨のミス。ちょっとめげる。)

I see.

That's where Tokyo Disneyland is located, right?

Yes, it takes about 30 minutes by car.

And Makuhari Messe.

It's nearer, about 10 minutes by car or by train.

Maybe Ikea is located there?

IKEA's between Tokyo Disneyland and Makuhari.

And Costco.

Costco is in Makuhari. Mr.Valentine(ロッテ監督)lives in Makuhari.(京葉線沿線ネタで話がはずむという予想外の展開)

Have you been living in ........ ever since you were born?

No, I was born in ........ and transferred to ........ about 5 years ago.

OK. Now I would like to ask you a question about Japanese history. Which period of Japanese history are you interested in most?

I am most interested in the period around the Meiji Restoration. The Edo Shogunate lasted for 270 years. The country had been closed to foreign countries. But a little before the Meiji Restoration, Cmmodore Perry came to Japan and forced Japan to open up its doors to the West. After that the last Shogun Yoshinobu gave back his power to the Emperor. Many foreign things, especially European and American, were introduced to Japan, such as cultural items, technologies, education systems, and the constitution. Japan was modernized at a rapid pace.(途切れずに話したが、あまり中身がなく、つながりも悪い。時制や冠詞・単数/複数の使い方も怪しい)

OK. I knew this was a tough question. By "modernization," you mean Westernization?

In a sense, it is yes. But some Japanese things remained even after the Meiji Restoration. For example, the Emperor system was reserved by the government(←内容も英文も怪しい), and Shinto, the indegenous religion of Japan, remained as the national religion.

OK. Now let's change the subject. What is the difference between Sake and Shochu?

(比較的答えやすいネタでラッキー!)Sake is a brewed spirit made from(ofを使ってしまったかも)rice. The taste of Sake is rather sweet. Some people say the taste of good Sake is similar to that of wine.(←本当かよ)On the other hand, shochu is a distilled spirit. Shochu is made mainly in the Western Japan, especially in Kyushu. Shochu is made from various things, such as rice, barley, sweet potato, ... and so on.(「黒糖」と言おうとしたがぱっと出てこないので数秒の沈黙。brown sugarでよかった?)The alcoholic percentage(←これでOKか?)of shochu is higher than that of Sake. The alcoholic percentage of Sake is about 15 to 20 percent. On the other hand, that of Shochu is 30 to 40 percent. So few people drink Shochu straight(←副詞で使えるか?!). We drink Shochu with ice or adding water or hot water to it.

Which do you like, Sake or Shochu?

I like both,(A笑う)but I like Shochu better. There is no hangover after drinking Shochu.

OK. Your interview is now all finished. Thank you.

Thank you very much.

受験の感想

2人とも非常ににこやかで、終始リラックスして会話を楽しむことができました。あっという間に終わってしまったという感じです。実際にも5、6分だったのではないでしょうか。記憶は定かではないですが、2人の表情やしぐさはよく覚えているので、アイコンタクトも問題なかったのではないかと思います。質問も比較的平易で、途中で詰まることがほとんどなかったのはよかったのですが、振り返ってみると時制や単語の用法で細かいミスが多数あったように思えます。内容面でも最初の質問に対する答えは恥ずかしいです。「埋め立て」の自爆ミスも悔やまれます。来年も「自信を持って会話を楽しむ」「試験官にも会話を楽しんでもらい有益な情報を与える」ことを目指して再チャレンジしたいと思います。

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