受験者( 18 ):女性

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試験官

<試験官A>

金髪の若い外国人女性、恐ろしく早いスピードで話す。アメリカ英語ではない感じ。とてもフレンドリー。

<試験官B>

年配の日本人男性、ゆっくり英語を話す。最初の質問のほかは、ずっとメモを取っていた。物静かでにこやか。

質疑応答

Hi! Good morning!

Good morning.

Please put your belongings there and have a seat.(椅子の脇にもうひとつ椅子があり、そこへ荷物を置くようになっていた)

Thank you.

Can I have your name and where you are from?

My name is ........ . And, I am from ........ .

OK! Let's get started. I want to ask you about the climate in Japan. You know, it's a bit cold today. Is it same as today all year?

No,Japan has clear-cut four seasons, spring, summer, autumn, and winter. And, it is in winter now.

How about other seasons? Is it just like today whole year?(表現が違ったと思うが、一年中今日のような気候なの?という意味のことを聞かれた)

No. It is warm in spring,...I mean, it's not that hot and not that cold in spring and autumn, it's hot in summer, and it's cold in winter.

Yeah...I know it's sticky in summer...Do you like summer in Japan?

Yes, I personally like summer in Japan. It's really hot and humid, but you can enjoy swimming in the ocean and climbing mountains. And, there are many firework festivals in summer. It's really beautiful.

Oh! you like summer! It's surprising! And...,I read about Sankinkoutai system in my guidebook. Why was the Sankinkoutai system introduced?

(表現が違ったと思うが、なぜ参勤交代制が行われたの?という意味のことを聞かれた)

Well. There were many feudal lords all over Jaabout Kamakura in my guidebook. Why are there many temples in Kamakura?

Because there was Kamakura shogunate there during the time from 1192 to 1333. Although, I am not really sure of that, maybe the shogunate built many temples to introduce Buddhism to the people in those days.

So, Shogun did something for Buddhism?

Yes.

What is Shogun?

Shogun originally was a leader of the army, and was appointed by the emperor. But, later, he became to be just like the prime minister of modern age, and started to govern this country.

OK, so how is the prime minister elected?

(一瞬頭が真っ白になり、どうだったか分からなくなり、、)He is appointed by the most powerful party, I mean, he is elected among the Liberal Democratic Party.

And,,do you elect party members?

Yes. But, we don't elect the prime minister directly.

Oh, that sounds like British system. And, I read about an interesting story about sea breams. Why do Japanese eat sea breams on special occasions?

Sea breams? Oh, because the Japanese name of sea bream, "Tai" has the same sound as "Medetai" which means joyfulness and happiness.

So,(なるほど音で遊んでいるのね、という意味のことを言い)Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.

Thank you very much!

Have a nice day!

You, too!

受験の感想

Aの試験官の英語はとにかく早くて、私もつられて舞い上がってしまい、早口で稚拙な英語をまくし立てる形の回答になってしまいました。もっと落ち着いて回答を組み立ててから、言葉を選んで答えればよかったと思います。Bの方とアイコンタクトすることもすっかり忘れていました。それ以上に、英語もさることながらもっと日本について勉強しなくては、、、と反省しています。でも、沈黙もなく終始なごやかな雰囲気で楽しくおしゃべりしてきた、という感じだったのはよかったです。

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